“Elegance, humour, deliciously burbling trills and fiery imagination - this introduced me to a major, major, major talent. Pianists don’t come any better, another potential superstar has arrived!” American Record Guide
Highly acclaimed for her unique style, colourful tone and dazzling virtuosity, 25 year-old Nareh Arghamanyan is one of the promising talents of her generation.
She has given debuts with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalleorchester Zurich, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchseter Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, RTE Dublin, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Vancouver and Utah Symphonies. She has performed at Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Laieszhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal Munich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna, Piano Festival Lucerne, Lincoln Center New York, Kimmel Center Philadelphia, and Gardner Museum Boston.
Highlights in the 2014-15 season include her recital debuts at Tonhalle Dusseldorf and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She appears for the first time in the main hall (“Goldener Saal”) of the Musikverein Vienna, performing Khachaturian’s piano concerto with Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna. Elsewhere she appears with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the St. Gallen und Munich Symphonies, and makes her Portuguese debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, followed by her Danish debut with the Copenhagen Philharmonic. In the U.S., upcoming appearances include the Des Moines Symphony, and in Asia, she performs with the Kyoto Symphony..
Nareh Arghamanyan is a regular guest at international festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festival de Lanaudiere, Marlboro Festival and Singapore Piano Festival. Conductors she works with include Alain Altinoglu, John Axelrod, Howard Griffiths, Carl St. Clair, Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Sanderling, Kazuki Yamada, Xian Zhang, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Christoph Poppen.
In 2011 Nareh Arghamanyan signed an exclusive recording contract with Pentatone releasing a CD of solo works by Rachmaninoff and a disc featuring the Liszt concertos, recorded with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Alain Altinoglu (2012). Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Alain Altinoglu (2012). This season she was named Pentatone’s Artist of the Season. Her latest recording includes piano concertos by Khachaturian and Prokofiev the disc of which is scheduled for release in autumn 2014. Future recording plans include the piano concertos by Saint-Saëns with Orchestre de chambre de Paris and Lawrence Foster.
Nareh Arghamanyan is a laureate of more than 18 piano competitions including the 1st Prize at the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, 1st Prize at the 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, and the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna.
Born in Armenia in 1989, Nareh Arghamanyan began playing the piano when she was five years old. Three years later, she began her studies with Alexander Gurgenov at the Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children in Yerevan. In 2004 she was the youngest student to be admitted to the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec, and chamber music with Avedis Kouyoumdjian. Currently she continues her studies with Arie Vardi in Hannover and with Avedis Kouyoumdjian in Vienna.