Boston Globe music critic Richard Dyer has said of pianist Marta Aznavoorian, “(She is) a pianist of exceptionally finished technique and purity of musical impulse.”
Ms. Aznavoorian has performed in Chicago’s most prestigious venues, concertizing throughout the United States and abroad. A Chicago native, she has been soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony and San Diego Symphony. She has worked with many renowned conductors including the late Sir George Solti, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Henry Mazer, and others.
Richard Kirchoff of the Salt Lake City Spectrum has written of her “Very rarely is one able to hear music that seems that it is being created anew and that creation is being heard for the first time. This experience was available to all who attended the recital of pianist Marta Aznavoorian.” Solo recitals include performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Sydney Opera House, Steinway Hall, Weill Hall, Caramoor Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Music in the Loft, Dame Myra Hess Series, and Green Lake music Festival. She has won first prize in numerous National and local competitions, including Seventeen/General Motor National Competition, the Aspen Music Festival Competition and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation. She was also awarded top prize in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts where she was honored to become named a Presidential Scholar.
Collaborative performances have been with artists such as Pacifica Quartet, Julian Rachlin, Robert Chen, Colin Carr, Stefan Milenkovich, and Jennifer Frautschi. She has made a recording of Sonatas for violin and piano by Stravinsky and Ravel under the ARTEC label and is currently working on her next recording with Cedille Records.
Ms. Aznavoorian received her Bachelor of Music degree and Music Performers Certificate from Indiana University, and a Masters of Music degree from New England Conservatory. Past teachers include Lev Vlassenko, Menahem Pressler, Carolyn McCracken, Patricia Zander, Evelyn Brancart, and Emilio del Rosario. She has enjoyed many chamber music coachings with Leon Fleischer, Gilbert Kalish, Joseph Kalichstein, and others.
Currently a member of the Lincoln Trio, ensemble in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ms. Aznavoorian is also on the MIC Faculty.
source: Lincoln Trio website