Nareh Arghamanyan © Julia Wesely
Born in 1989 in Vanadzor, Armenia, Nareh Arghamanyan began playing piano at the age of five. She was only eight when she was accepted into the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of her country’s capital, Yerevan, and in 2002 she became the youngest student ever to be admitted to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she graduated from the class led by Heinz Medjimorec. She subsequently continued her education with Avedis Kouyoumdijan in Vienna and with Arie Vardi in Hanover. International recognition came when Nareh Arghamanyan won the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, after which she was invited to give a debut concert at the die Frick Collection in New York City and went on to perform several recitals in North America. Arghamanyan has performed with many acclaimed orchestras to date: credits include with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and the North German Radio Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. In the 2015-16 season she made her debut with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the MDR Symphony Orchestra; she also performed at the Linz Bruckner Festival in a memorial event marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. She began the current season with performances with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Nareh Arghamanyan has appeared at the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. In 2012 she released her debut CD of solo works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, which was followed by recordings of the two Liszt concertos with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin under Alain Altinoglu, and, with the same ensemble and conductor, concertos by Prokofiev and Khachaturian.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 November 2013 as part of the Debut series in a program of works by Bach, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff.