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Svetlana Navasardyan Piano

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Svetlana Navasardyan

Svetlana Navasardyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1946, the daughter of a prominent family - her father was a well-known historian and educator, her mother a mathematician and amateur soprano. By age 9, Svetlana was demonstrating a rare gift, performing a recital of the complete Bach 2- and 3-part Inventions. She studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Professors Yakov Zak and Vachy Umr-Shat, following the traditions of the great Heinrich Neuhaus. Wider recognition came at the age of 19, when she won the Schumann International Piano Competition (1966), launching an international career as a piano soloist.

Among the other major competition won by Stevlana include the International Bach Competition (1968), Queen Elizabeth Competition (1972), and the Sidney Piano Competition (1977). Hailed as "the great Armenian pianist", she has toured more than 40 countries - including the US, Canada, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, Japan, China, Australia, Egypt, and Kuwait. Svetlana has performed in numerous prestigious music festivals, and in major concert halls around the world - including the "Bolshoi Hall" of the Moscow Conservatory, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Salle Gaveau of Paris, the Sidney Opera Hall, and the Asahi Hall in Tokyo, among many others. She has performed with such esteemed conductors as Vladimir Spivakov, Evgeni Svetlanov, Valery Gergiev, Vassili Sinayski, Karl Etti, Ruben Aharonian, and many others.

Her repertoire is quite extensive, including more than 300 solo piano works from all eras - including the works of Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartok, Rachmaninov, and many others; she likewise has over 60 piano concertos in her repertoire. Her great skills have earned her numerous accolades, including the USSR Order of Honor (1981), the title of People's Artist of Armenia (1984), and the State Prize of Armenia (1988) for performing the complete cycle of Bach's concertos - an example of which is found here. With a nice selection of live performances, featuring works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, we are very pleased to present this outstanding pianist here at the Classical Archives.


"Ms. Navasardyan's propulsive performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18 turned up the heat in the concert hall... Armenian virtuoso Svetlana Navasardyan dominated with a muscular, yet delicate rendering of this enduring romantic masterpiece. Rarely can be heard such a beauty!"

Washington Post

"[Navasardyan's] performance shows various aspects of her exceptional talent and reaches the audience directly. Even though sometimes you might disagree with her interpretation, you can't but be carried away by her performance, loaded with insight and interpretative detail. Her technical mastery has no flaws. A spellbinding pianist..."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"Ms. Navasardyan in Brahms (Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor, Op.15) was enormously popular with the audience. She impressed as a brilliant and powerful artist."

Sydney Morning Herald

"Svetlana Navasardyan can adorn any stage due to her captivating, multifaceted talent."

Emil Gilels

Svetlana Navasardyan

Svetlana Navasardyan Svetlana Navasardyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1946, the daughter of a prominent family - her father was a... More
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