Born in 1989 in Armenia, Nareh Arghamanyan began her piano studies at the age of five. Three years later, she entered the Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children in Yerevan where she studied with Alexander Gurgenov, and more recently with pianist Armen Babakhanian. In 2004 she was the youngest student to be admitted to the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec and graduated in 2008 with highest honors.
Ms. Arghamanyan is the winner of the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, where she also received the Audience Choice Award and a special award for the best interpretation of a work by Canadian composer Alexina Louie. Ms. Arghamanyan has been the First Prize recipient at the 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, France, and took second prize at the 2007 Jose Roca International Competition in Valencia, Spain. In 2005, after one year of study in Vienna, she won the Josef Dichler Piano Competition and the following year she was awarded a scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation.
Ms. Arghamanyan's first major recognition came at the coveted Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City in 2000 where she was the Second Prize winner. Previously, she was the recipient of First Prize at the 1997 International Chopin Piano Competition in Yugoslavia, followed by First Prize at the 1998 International Competition for Young Talents in Ukraine. In 1999 she captured the Gold Medal at the Armenian Legacy National Piano Competition in the juniors' category. Following her performances in Utah, the Salt Lake City Desert News wrote: "Her sense of artistry permeates all of her playing..." and the Salt Lake City Tribune proclaimed her "a seasoned virtuoso" and went on to say "she is destined to have a major
Ms. Arghamanyan has already appeared at many festivals internationally including the Colmar Festival in France at the invitation of violinist Vladimir Spivakov, and a recital at Palais d'Athenae in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2006 she appeared on the Chamber Music San Francisco Music Series under the auspices of the Guzik Foundation, and in 2004 was soloist with the Mont Blanc Symphony (France) in the Grieg Piano Concerto. Recitals in 2003 brought Ms. Arghamanyan to New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, DC, and in 2002, highlight engagements included those with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, in Moscow, and with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia in Yerevan and Berlin.
Upcoming performances on Ms. Arghamanyan's calendar include recitals in the U.S., Canada, and Paris. In the summer of 2008 Nareh Arghamanyan attend the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center summer studies program
as a Fellow.