MIDDLEBURY - Multiple award-winning Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan graces the Concert Hall stage at Middlebury College's Mahaney Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21.
The first Performing Arts Series program of 2011, this concert includes works by Rameau, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt.
Though only in her 20s, Arghamanyan has already established herself as a leader among a promising generation of today's fine pianists. She has won an impressive number of awards, including the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, the 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, France (first prize), the 2007 Jose Roca International Competition in Valencia, Spain (second prize), the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria, and many more.
Arghamanyan's considerable international career has included performances with the Winnipeg Symphony, I Musici de Montreal, the Mont Blanc Symphony France, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Armenian Philharmonic. Last season included two prestigious American debuts: in New York at the Frick collection, and at San Francisco Performances, resulting in her reinvitation to their "Young Master Series" in 2011. Her career also has a Vermont connection - at the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, she attended the prestigious Marlboro Festival in 2009, and will return in 2011.
She began her piano studies at the age of 5 and entered the Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children in Yerevan, Armenia only three years later. In 2004, she became the youngest student to be admitted to the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec.
Most recently, the Analekta label released her recording of the Rachmaninoff 2nd Sonata and Liszt B minor Sonata to great acclaim. La Scena Musicale wrote: "Arghamanyan meets the daunting demands of these two ultra-Romantic pieces with a combination of technical bravura, singing tone, and poetic expression ... the Liszt is particularly memorable."
Tickets for Arghamanyan's concert at Middlebury College are $24 for the general public, $18 for Middlebury College faculty/staff and other ID card holders, and $6 for Middlebury College students. Purchase at the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts, or at go.middlebury.edu/tickets, or (802) s443-6433.