USC-FAM Presents Pianist Nareh Arghamanyan in Concert

LOS ANGELES—USC Friends of Armenian Music is proud to present the winner of many competitions, Nareh Arghamanyan in concert at Bovard Auditorium of USC. January 31, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. sharp.

Arghamanyan has the unique distinction of becoming an icon in the International Music arena. Critics are raving about her performances and recording of b minor sonata and the Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in b-minor.  The following are only two of many.

Janos Grdonyi states in the whole note magazine: “Many years back I was fortunate to see young Martha Argerich (the foremost pianist of her generation in the world) in concert and I recall hardly being able to sleep that night. So when I first listened to this debut recording of 20 year old Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan I had only one wish and that was to see her performing in person as I had hopes of a new divine Martha…. Both of the sonatas she plays are murderously difficult.  The strict sonata form is replaced by an inner subliminal logic, of ebb and flow, but it must be kept in balance. This is something only the greatest pianists like Arghamanyan with her God given gifts are capable of” In the

July-August 2009 issue of la Scene Musicale JKS writes: “Arghamanyan  meets the daunting demands of these two ultra Romantic pieces with a combination of technical bravura, singing tone and poetic expression.  A rare quality for such a young pianist.This is a most auspicious debut album and hopefully the first of many more recordings to come from this artist.”

The winner of many Competitions, including the Gina Bachauer International Junior Competition at age 11 and the Prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition in 2008, Arghamanyan makes one realize that she has gained more accolades in her 20 years than most do in their entire lifetime. She is already scheduled for a second recording with the Analekta label. Nareh is also invited to perform with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra next fall. Visit for more details.

Arghamanyan was the youngest student at age 15 to be admitted into the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.  Currently, she is very much in demand internationally. Her schedule is very tight for the entire year and beyond. On January 15, she is performing a concert in Detroit, Michigan; January 23, she is the soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra of Manitoba, Canada; January 29, she is performing with the Toledo Symphony and on January 31, she will be performing at the Bovard Auditorium of USC sponsored by the USC Friends of Armenian Music.

For information and tickets ($50, $35 and $10 for students) please call the following numbers: Elise at (323) 684-1794; Hilda at (818) 249-3330; Dalita at (626) 282-5295; or you can also purchase tickets on line at


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