“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
At only 24 years old, Nareh Arghamanyan, is one of the most technically versatile pianists of today’s generation. With her rich and colourful tone and her unique gift of story-telling, her interpretations gain something very unique and precious.
In recent seasons she has given debuts with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalleorchester Zurich, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal, Vancouver and Utah Symphonies. She performed at Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Laieszhalle Hamburg, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna and Tonhalle Zurich, Lincoln Center New York, Kimmel Center Philadelphia, and Gardner Museum Boston.
Highlights in 2013-14 include her recital debuts in Munich and at the Piano Festival Lucerne. With the Runfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin she appears for the first time at the main venue (“Grosse Saal”) of the Philharmonie Berlin with the Khachaturian concerto, which is being recorded together with Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 for the Dutch label Pentatone. She performs with the Essen and Stuttgart Philharmonic and gives her Finnish debut with the Kymi Sinfonietta in Kotka and Helsinki, followed by her Irish debut with the RTE National Symphony in Dublin. Across the Atlantic, upcoming appearances include the Quebec Symphony and Edmonton Symphony and in Asia, she returns to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nareh Arghamanyan is a regular guest at international festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Davos Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Festival de Lanaudiere, Marlboro Festival and Singapore Piano Festival. Conductors she works with include Alain Altinoglu, John Axelrod, James Gaffigan, Howard Griffith, Carl St. Clair, Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Sanderling, Kazuki Yamada, Xian Zhang, and Jean-Marie Zeitouni.
In 2011 Nareh Arghamanyan signed an exclusive recording contract with Pentatone. To great critical acclaim she has released a CD with solo works by Rachmaninoff and disc with the Liszt concertos, recorded with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Alain Altinoglu (2012).
Nareh Arghamanyan has won an impressive number of awards including 1st Prize at the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, 1st Prize at the 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, 2nd Prize at the 2007 Jose Roca International Competition in Valencia, and the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna.
Born in Armenia, Nareh Arghamanyan began playing the piano at 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 Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec and chamber music with Avedis Kouyoumdjian. Since 2010 she has been working with Arie Vardi in Hannover.