Born in 1979, Ziya Tabassian started learning the tombak (Persian percussion) at the age of 10. He played in several early, contemporary and world music ensembles. A founding member of Constantinople, Ziya has already performed hundreds of concerts in over 20 countries including Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico and the U.S.A., as well as several countries in Europe and the Middle East, notably with Hossein Omoumi, Keyhan Kalhor, Liu Fang, Kronos Quartet, En Chordais, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal and Ensemble Caprice.
He has received several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He already recorded some 40 albums with Constantinople or as a soloist invited by the Kronos Quartet, Mercan Dede, Hossein Omoumi, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and Lo’Jo. In 2006, he released his first solo album called Tombak.