Composer and pianist Tatev Amiryan will perform a benefit concert in San Francisco
Armenian pianist and composer, Doctor of Musical Arts Tatev Amiryan will be performing a benefit concert on February 4 hosted by St. John Armenian Church in San Francisco. The program will include piano compositions from her new album, and her vocal and piano duets performed by Nadima Avakian, soprano and composer herself. Part of the proceeds will be donated to “Kantzer” choir of St. Anna church in Yerevan, Armenia.
Dr. Tatev Amiryan is a composer and pianist devoted to exploring the sounds of her native Armenian homeland. With compositions ranging from vocal, instrumental, chamber to symphonic, her music utilizes space, stretching structural expectations and pulling from her love of improvisational performance, typical of much of the folk music she grew up with. Her music has been performed in the United States, Armenia, Russia, England, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Japan by such renowned ensembles and performers as Carpe Diem String Quartet, Ensemble Oktoplus, Metropolitan Choral of Kansas City, pianists Jeffrey Jacob, Artur Avanesov and Hayk Melikyan, and thereminist Thorwald Jørgensen.
Dr. Amiryan has received such awards as the 1st prize at the Armenian Allied Arts 71st Annual Composition Competition, the UMKC Conservatory Chamber Music Composition Competition, and the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City’s Chorale Composition Contest. In 2013 she was commissioned a piece by North German Radio NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk which was premiered by Ensemble Octoplus in Hannover, Germany in 2014. Her piano piece “Waiting for the Dawn” was included in Armenian pianist, Honored Artist of Armenia Hayk Melikyan’s album of Armenian piano music “Echoes of Altar” released by the Ministry of Diaspora of Armenia in 2015, in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. In 2016 Dr. Amiryan was awarded the 2nd Prize at New Ariel Recordings Fifth International Piano Composition Competition and her piece “Tristesse” was chosen to be recorded by American pianist Jeffrey Jacob and was included in his American piano music album released in 2016. In April 2016, she released her first album of piano compositions performed by Hayk Melikyan.
She has performed extensively in Armenia and in different parts of the United States, both her own music and pieces from classical and contemporary repertoire, and piano improvisations.
Dr. Amiryan holds bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in composition and musicology with minor in piano from Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Armenia and DMA Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.