Described as a “major, major, major talent…potential superstar” by Musical America Magazine, sensational pianist Nareh Arghamanyan has been praised worldwide by various critics, concert presenters, conductors, and audiences alike.
From the Musikverein Vienna to Lincoln Center, New York, Nareh has performed in prominent halls worldwide including Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Ambassador Auditorium Los Angeles, Gardner Museum Boston, Philadelphia Kimmel Center, Osaka Concert Hall Japan and others.
Having more than 30 various concertos in her repertoire, Nareh has already performed with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio-Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Radio-Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Berlin Radio-Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony, Toho Orchestra Japan, Malaysian Philharmonic, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Utah, Columbus, Indianapolis Vancouver, and Edmonton, Symphonies to name only few.
In 2018-19 Nareh is the Artist-in-Residence of Società dei Concerti Milano, and in Venice for Associatione dell Arts. In addition, she will present her own series in the Musikverein Vienna. Orchestra collaborations take her to Kazakhstan, Serbia and Germany. She is also teaming up in Canada with the Quebec Symphony and I Musici de Montreal. Recitals take her to Germany, Italy, Monaco, China and Austria. Nareh is the Artistic Director of the Classic on Danube International Music Festival and Austrian Piano Open competition in Vienna. Another CD will be released in fall 2019.
Highlights of Nareh Arghamanyan’s 2017-18 season included debuts with the Montreal Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie. She toured the U.S. with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and performed in a European tour with the Malta Philharmonic. Recitals took her to Germany, Austria, Malta, the U.S. and Canada. She partnered with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Howard Griffiths to release another recording on Sony Classical performing the concerto by Franz Danzi.
Nareh Arghamanyan has given recitals in major cities throughout Asia, Europe and North America. She is a regular guest in renowned festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Colmar Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Domaine Forget, Tanglewood, Marlboro, Singapore and Portland Festivals. Among other numerous awards, she has received the Franz Liszt, Georgy Cziffra, Viennese Classic, W.A.Mozart, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli prizes as well as Rising Star, Herbert-von Karajan, Thyll-Dürr, German Piano and Orpheum awards.
Many of the world’s esteemed conductors have collaborated with Nareh including Kent Nagano, Sir Neville Marriner, Alain Altinoglu, James Gaffigan, Michael Francis, Otto Tausk, Fawzi Haimor, Joseph Giunta, David Ken Masur, Carl St Clair, Michael Sanderling, Nicholas McGegan, Jean-Marie Zeitouni & Christoph Poppen, among others.
Following her successful debut solo album released in 2009 with the Canadian Analekta Label, Nareh signed with Pentatone Records in 2011, releasing a CD of solo works by Rachmaninoff to great critical acclaim. In addition, she was selected as the Artist of the Season by Pentatone and partnered with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Alain Altinoglu to release 2 more CDs containing Liszt’s all piano-orchestral works as well as Prokofieff and Khachaturian Piano concerti to great acclaim. Her CDs were included in some of the most critical music magazines as the recording of the year, best new classical album, artist of the year, outstanding choice, and best upcoming artist (LeDevoir Montreal, Culturecatch, Codaex reference, Diapason d’Or, Musical America Magazine, International Record Guide, CD Choice UK, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone).
Since the age of six, Nareh Arghamanyan has won more than 18 international awards and prizes, among them, 1st Prizes at the 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in France, the 2009 Wörthersee Piano Competition in Austria, the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna, and the 2000 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. But her major breakthrough came in 2008, when at the age of 18, she won First Prize and all Special Prizes at the Montreal International Music Competition - thus, making history as the youngest winner ever.
Nareh often improvises and makes transcriptions of famous orchestral and instrumental pieces by composers like Bach, Tchaikovsky, Piazzolla, Komitas, Khachaturian, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Tarrega and others. She also participates and performs for benevolent projects in France, Germany, Austria, Armenia, and the U.S. to support causes such as children suffering with leukemia in Armenia, assisting orphanages and disaster zone victims - gathering more than 200,000 Euros for charitable projects.
Born in Armenia in 1989, Nareh Arghamanyan studied with Alexander Gurgenov at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan and at the age of 15, became the youngest student to enroll at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, with Professor Heinz Medjimorec. Nareh continued her studies with Avedis Kouyoumdjian as well as with Arie Vardi at Hanover University of Music and Drama. Nareh speaks 4 languages fluently and currently resides in Vienna.
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