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Vahan Mardirossian (Piano)

Born: May 26, 1975 - Yerevan, Armenia

The Armenian pianist, Vahan Mardirossian, entered in 1993 the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) in Jacques Rouvier's piano class. He was also admitted to Jean Mouillère's chamber music class along with Nicolas Baldeyrou (clarinet) and Renaud Dejardin (cello), with whom he formed the Mardirossian Trio. In 1996, Vahan Mardirossian was awarded the first prize for piano, the chamber music prize, and the Conservatoire's higher diploma, enabling him to go on to postgraduate studies. For two years, he furthered his training, following the advice of Jacques Rouvier and taking part in many master-classes given by great musicians including G. Sebôk, Dmitri Bashkirov, Claude Frank, and J-P. Collard.

Vahan Mardirossian has given recitals in many countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, etc.) and his performances were broadcasted in France and elsewhere. His partners in chamber music include such fine musicians as Nicolas Baldeyrou, Marina Chiche, Henri Demarquette, Renaud Capucon, Gautier Capucon, Quartet "Castagneri", Devy Erlih, Thierry Escaich, Richard Galiano, David Grimal, Jean Mouillère, Philippe Muller, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian, Xavier Phillips, Quartet "Ysaÿe", etc. Vahan Mardirossian came to the attention of Ivry Gitlis, who proposed him to play sonatas together. He has also worked with Mstislav Rostropovich - together they gave the first performance of Eric Tanguy's Cello Concerto No. 2 - and with Henri Dutilleux, on the latter's Piano Sonata.

Since his debut as a pianist, Vahan Mardirossian has regularly been invited to appear with orchestras including the Yerevan Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic, Paris International Orchestra, Bienne Symphonic Orchestra , Portugal Symphonic Orchestra, Lebanon National Orchestra, Cannes Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris. In 2005 he made his debut with Orchestre National de France in Paris with Yutaka Sado, and in Spain with Kurt Masur. He appeared at many festivals: La Roque d'Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Cortona Festival, Festival of Menton, Auvers sur Oise, Piano en Vallois, Rheims (Flâneries Musicales), Cannes (Midem), Chamonix (Les Semaines Musicales du Mont Blanc), Les Arcs (Festival International), Séville (Music Season), Paris (Les TransClassiques), Bagatelle (Chopin Festival), La Chaise Dieu…

Vahan Mardirossian is interested in contemporary music and his research has led him to work in close collaboration with the composer Eric Tanguy. The latter dedicated his second Piano Sonata to Vahan Mardirossian. Following his recital in Paris in April 2001, the newspaper Le Monde devoted a half-page article to Vahan Mardirossian, headed ‘Pianiste Phenomenal!’

Vahan Mardirossian recently made a recording of works by Schubert, George Frideric Handel and Johannes Brahms for the Intrada label. He also made live recordings devoted to piano works by Eric Tanguy, and J.S. Bach Transcriptions recorded for TransArt Live label.

Source: Vahan Mardirossian Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2007)

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