In 2007, Romain Collin graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where he held a Full Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble hand picked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. During his studies Romain had the opportunity to tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter in India (’07) and Vietnam (’05). US performances with the Monk Institute band included a concert at The Kennedy Center (’06) hosted by Quincy Jones and featuring Stevie Wonder, Patty Austin and Ron Carter amongst numerous others. At the Institute Romain also studied/shared the stage with artists such as Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Charlie Haden. It was during this time that Romain formed his trio and recorded his debut album, “The Rise and Fall of Pipokuhn”.