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Tigran Vardanyan


Tigran Vardanyan was born in 1977 in Yerevan, Armenia. He began his violin studies with his father at the age of six. Later he attended the Sayat Nova School of Music and the Tchaikovsky Specialized Music School, studying with Professors Levon Zorian and Villy Mokazian. While still very young, Tigran was given opportunities to perform as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Armenian Chamber Orchestra, and the Armenian TV and Radio Orchestra.

In 1994 Tigran immigrated to the USA upon his acceptance on full scholarship to study with the renowned Ukrainian violinist, Abram Shtern, at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA. Since 1995, Tigran regularly performs in Chihuahua, Mexico. He has performed the concertos by Bach, Mozart, Bruch, and Sibelius with the Chihuahua State Philharmonic Orchestra, and has given numerous solo recitals. In 1996 Tigran moved to Rochester, NY to study at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Zvi Zeitlin and in 1999 also joined Professor Oleh Krysa's Studio.

Tigran is a winner of many competitions and awards, such as First Prize in the 1991 and 1993 Armenian National Competitions, the Gold Medal in the 1992 Amadeus Competition for Young Artists, the Leni Fe Bland Foundation Award, the Maurice Sklar Music Scholarship, the "Encourage" Award from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the 1996 and 1997 Starling Foundation Awards at the Eastman School of Music, and two Concerto Competitions as a result of which he performed the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Gilbert and the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Seaman.

Since 1998, Tigran has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his career with the Rochester Philharmonic, Tigran performs frequently in various concert venues as a soloist and chamber musician.

His repertoire includes concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Brahms, Sibelius, Paganini, Wieniawski, Vieuxtemps, Shostakovich, Szymanowski, Glazunov, Khachaturian, and numerous recital programs.







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