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Tigran Vardanyan

Tigran Vardanyan
Tigran Vardanyan

Joined the RPO in 1998

Tigran Vardanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He began his violin studies with his father at the age of six.  At a very young age, Vardanyan won First Prize at the 1991 and 1993 Armenian National Competitions; he also won the Gold Medal at the 1992 Amadeus Competition for Young Artists and performed as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Armenian Chamber Orchestra, and the Armenian TV and Radio Orchestra.

In 1994, Vardanyan immigrated to Los Angeles, CA, to study with the renowned Ukrainian violinist, Abram Shtern. In 1996, he moved to Rochester, NY, to study at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Zvi Zeitlin.

Since 1998, Vardanyan has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2000, he was featured as a soloist with the Philharmonic, playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto under the direction of Christopher Seaman. Vardanyan is on the faculty of Nazareth College and Hochstein School of Music, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert venues in the Middle East, Europe, Central America, and North America. He performs on a Francesco Gobetti violin (Venice, ca. 1720).  In 2009, Vardanyan became a U.S. citizen. He lives in Rochester with his wife and son.

Photo credit: Kate Lemmon

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