Born in 1989 in Armenia, Nareh Arghamanyan began her piano studies at the age of five. Three years later, she entered the Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children in Yerevan, where she studied with Alexander Gurgenov, and more recently with pianist Armen Babakhanian. In 2004, she became the youngest student to be admitted to the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec and graduated in 2008 with highest honours. A few months later, she attended the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center summer studies program.
Ms. Arghamanyan is the winner of the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, where she also received the People’s Choice Award and a special award for Best Performance of the Canadian imposed work by composer Alexina Louie. Ms. Arghamanyan was the First Prize recipient at the 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, France, and took second prize at the 2007 José Roca International Competition in Valencia, Spain. In 2005, after one year of study in Vienna, she won the Josef Dichler Piano Competition and the following year she was awarded a scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation.
Ms. Arghamanyan’s first major recognition came in 2000, at the coveted Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, where she was the Second Prize winner. Following her performances in Utah, the Salt Lake City Desert News wrote: “Her sense of artistry permeates all of her playing.” And the Salt Lake City Tribune proclaimed her “a seasoned virtuoso” and went on to say that “she is destined to have a major international career.”
Ms. Arghamanyan has already appeared at many festivals, including the Colmar Festival in France at the invitation of violinist Vladimir Spivakov, and has given a recital at Palais d’Athenée in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2006, she appeared in the Chamber Music San Francisco Music Series under the auspices of the Guzik Foundation, and in 2004 was soloist with the Mont-Blanc Symphony (France) in the Grieg Piano Concerto. She has also given recitals in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, DC, and was the guest soloist of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia in Yerevan and Berlin.
Upcoming performances on Ms. Arghamanyan’s calendar include recitals in the U.S., Canada, and Paris.