Joined the RPO in 1998
Tigran Vardanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. At a very young age, Vardanyan won First Prize at the 1991 and 1993 Armenian National Competitions, the Gold Medal at the 1992 Amadeus Competition for Young Artists, and performed as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Armenian Chamber Orchestra, and the Armenian TV and Radio Orchestra.
Vardanyan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (2000) and has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert venues in his native Armenia, Europe, Central America and North America. He has presented numerous recitals live on WXXI, and was featured as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto under the direction of Christopher Seaman. He performs on a Francesco Gobetti violin (Venice, ca. 1720).
Vardanyan is on the faculty of Nazareth College, and is a co-founder of TheArcRest, Inc., a company that makes violin and viola shoulder rests. In 2009, Vardanyan became a U.S. citizen and lives in Rochester with his wife and two sons.
Photo credit: Kate Lemmon