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Piano in the Arts: Scenes from Childhood @Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium

AWARD-winning pianist Tanya Gabrielian takes over Armstrong with a special childhood themed concert. The memorable program will begin with reflections on Gabrielian’s personal childhood, includes suites and sonatas by Bach that she holds close, and finishes with Schumann and Debussy’s reflections on the experience of growing up.

A lauded artist, Gabrielian has performed on four continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris. She’s played alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Gabrielian was admitted to Harvard as a National Merit Scholar to study biomedical engineering when she was just 16 years old (16, y’all!). Instead, she accepted an offer to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London, completing a Bachelor’s and Master’s in piano and viola. Every year in her six years of study, Gabrielian took home the prize for best final recital and even received a DIPRAM, the highest performance award given by the Royal Academy of Music. From there, she went on to attend Juilliard, the only candidate accepted for the prestigious Artist Diploma, a highly selective post-graduate residency program.

Gabrielian is passionate about reaching out to young musicians; her incredible achievements will certainly be inspiring to Armstrong students and the community.

The evening is a part of Piano in the Arts, a series showcasing the versatility of the piano and its various styles. From the American Songbook to jazz and classical, the program will pick up again in 2016 with Joe Alterman Trio.

Thursday, October 1, 7:30 p.m., $15 (discounts available for seniors, students, military), all ages