Vahan Mardirossian / Piano

Vahan MARDIROSSIAN was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Since 1993, he has been living in France,where he studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Jacques Rouvier , and graduated with distinction after being awarded the First Prize for piano, the chamber music Prize, and the Conservatoire's highest diploma, enabling him to go on to postgraduate studies.

Since his début as a pianist, he has regularly been invited to appear with orchestras including the Orchestre National de France, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Portugal Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Paris International Orchestra, the Bienne Symphonic Orchestra and many more. Vahan has worked under the baton of such a distinguished conductors as K.Masur, Y.Ahronovitch, Y.Sado, J.Valcuha, S.Sanderling, P.Bender. He has performed recitals throughout Europe, America and Asia.

Among Vahan Mardirossian’s solo recordings, you will find music by Bach, Händel, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Tanguy, Lenot, Zavaro. The recordings have been highly acclaimed by the critics and are regularly broadcast in Europe and America.One of his latest cd's “Armenia”, (cd entirely devoted to Armenian classical music including two of his own compositions) received the “Choc” of the year 2007 award by the “le Monde de la Musique” Magazine.

Vahan Mardirossian has been in close collaboration with the composer Eric Tanguy, who dedicated his second Piano Sonata to Vahan Mardirossian, he also worked with Mstislav Rostropovich - on the first performance of Eric Tanguy's Cello Concerto No.2, with Henri Dutilleux on his Piano Sonata and Krzysztof Penderecki on his sextet.

Vahan Mardirossian is a keen chamber musician, his partners in chamber music include N.Baldeyrou, R.Capuçon, G.Capuçon, H.N.Chang, A.Chaushian, S-M.Degand, H.Demarquette, D.Erlih, T.Escaich, R.Galliano, I.Gitlis, D.Grimal, P.Muller, A.Noras, J-M.Phillips-Varjabedian, X.Phillips, J.Rachlin, Quartets Ysaïe and Rosamonde...

Vahan Mardirossian is simultaneously leading a promising career as a conductor. At the age of 15, he was appointed the Principal Conductor and the Musical Director of the Youth Chamber Orchestra by the Youth Cultural Center of Armenia. More recently Vahan Mardirossian had been invited by Kurt Masur to the Conducting Seminar in New York, where he conducted the Manhattan School Orchestra. Vahan Mardirossian is also the founder of the “Maestria” Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has performed in the most prestigious Concert Halls in France including the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Halle aux Grains in Toulous. 2008-2009 “Maestria” was in residence in “Invalides” in Paris.

Vahan Mardirossian also regularly invited to conduct the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the “Amalgames” Orchestra– composed of the finest musicians from the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, the Cannes - Province Côte d’Azur Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Opera of Toulon. He has conducted renowned soloist such as A.Markov, X.Phillips, J-M.Phillips-Varjabedian, N.Dautricourt, M.Coppey… His repertory covers a large time span ranging from the baroque period to nowadays.

Coming season Vahan Mardirossian will make his conducting début with the Caen Symphony Orchestra with Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian as a soloist. And he will also make his début as a conductor in Russia, in a tour with Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra and the pianist Elena Rozanova.