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  • Future Stars Today

    Future Stars Today

    2017 Simon Fiset Competition

    2nd — Jonathan Staley; 3rd — Shichu “David” Liu

    2017 NW Chopin Festival

    Gold — Shichu “David” Liu; Silver — Robert Yee

    2016 Outstanding Artist

    1st — Robert Yan; 2nd — Jonathan Staley; 3rd — Shichu (David) Liu

    2016 Crescendo Int’l

    1st — Nile Camai, Nicholas Chin, Travis Lee, Angela Lin, Shichu (David) Liu, Caroline Oei, Catherine Oei, Ivan Penev, Annika Renganathan, Rebecca Sun

    2016 American Protégé

    1st — Arthur Yan; Robert Yan
  • Ms. Armina Naghdyan (Piano)

    Born in Yerevan, Armenia, to a musical family, pianist Armina Naghdyan attended the Special Music School for Gifted Children in her home city at an early age. Later, she continued her musical education at the Yerevan State Conservatory, where she was awarded a gold diploma with honors. Following this, Ms. Naghdyan completed post-graduate studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Rimsky-Korsakov) in Russia, one of the best-known of music schools that foster the Russian traditions of music playing and teaching.

    Ms Naghdyan has been featured extensively in solo recitals as well as numerous concerts with violin and cello, performing throughout Armenia, Russia, and now the United States. Her repertoire encompasses the “golden age” of the piano, including significant works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, as well as many Russian and Armenian Composers.

    Armina has over thirty years of teaching experience in the position of instructor of piano at schools and colleges, as well as professor of the Yereven State Conservatory. Now, her goal is to teach students first and foremost to love music by enforcing literacy, the comprehension of various styles, and mastery of the instrument in a professional way, including the delicate understanding of the pedal and its use. Ms. Naghdyan’s former pupils have performed throughout Armenia, Russia, Italy, and the United States. Most recently, one of her former students won the grand prize at the international competition in Ekaterinburg in Russia.

    Ms. Naghdyan’s father was a famous composer in Armenia, and both her mother and sister are successful piano teachers as well.

    Additional Languages Spoken: Russian, Armenian