ARMINE GARSPARIAN VARVARIAN
"Her piano technic is stunning in the Waldstein Sonate of Beethoven which also supposes a touch of lyricism from the solist. Amine Gasparian's interpretation has simply won over the audience"
"Armine Gasparian's solist interpretation of Olivier Messien's piece has highlighted, one more time, her impressive skills of adaptation, allowing her to play any music composers from the Alborada del Graciozo of Maurice Ravel to the Méphisto-Valse of Liszt. Her performnce was excellent"
"An exemplary elusive pianistic touch"
Armine G ASPARIAN -VARVARIAN began her studies at the Central Musical School of Erevan (Armenia), with Zemfira Barseghian, a professor of the Igoumnov School. At the age of sixteen, she entered the Superior Conservatory Conservatoire of Music in Erevan in the class of the same piano professor, where she studied Chamber Music, Harmony and Accompaniment.
In 1974, she entered the CNR of Marseille (National and Regional Conservatory) in the class of Pierre Barbizet and was awarded the Gold Medal. The same year, she entered the CNSM of Paris (National and Superior Conservatory of Music) in the class of Dominique Merlet and received a several first prizes and diplomas. She is, in particular, a laureate of Diplôme de Mérite at the Palma d’Oro International Competition (Final Ligure in Italy) and finalist of the Vercelli Competition (Italy).
Throughout her musical student career, she has worked with many famous piano professors as Pierre Barbizet, Jeannine Vieuxtemps, Dominique Merlet, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Eléna Varvarova, Michael Rudy. She also worked with Geneviève Joy at chamber music, Jacqueline Robin at sight reading and Alain Margoni and Jacques Castérède at musical analysis.
In 1981, she obtained the CA Degree (Certificat d’Aptitude) which allowed her to be a permanent professor at the Musical Conservatory of the city of Paris (XV district). Moreover, in 2008, she cofounded with Geneviève Ibanez, the Musical Contemporary Week-end, which occurs in the conservatories of Paris.
In addition, she is often invited to teach at Summer Academies of Music: Musiques en Tête at Flaine, International Academy of Music and Dance at Mende (Lorèze Region). She regularly participates as a jury member at different national and international competitions.
Complementary to her work as a piano professor, she performs as a concert soloist and also in chamber music with several famous artists: Laurent Korcia, Dominique de Williencourt, Brigitte Fossey, Quatuor Elysée, François Salque, Amanda Favier, Vadim Tchijik, Hae Sun Kang, Béata Halska, Sergeï Kalinine.
She has been invited to perform in many concerts and festivals throughout France and Europe:
- In Paris : Salle Cortot, Théâtre Sylvia Montfort, Institut des Jeunes Aveugles, Cité des Arts, Radio program of France Musique (En Blanc et Noir),
- In France : Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, Festival du Vexin, Festival International de Musique d’Hyères, Festival Automne à Taverny, Château de Champs-sur-Marne, Marseille, Lyon, Flaine, Salon la Tour, Royant, Montpellier, Bourges, in Normandy (Chaise-Dieu du-Theil, Verneuil sur Avre, Tillières, St Christophe)
· In Europe : St Père des Rhodes and Girone (Spain), Bruxelles (Belgium)
Finally, in 2008 she founded the International Festival of Music L’Eure Poétique et Musicale, which occurs in Normandy Region and of which she is the Artistic Director. She is also Artistic Dierctor of the Automne Musical de Taverny Festival.