Tigran Vardanyan


Tigran Vardanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. At a very young age, Vardanyan won First Prize at the 1991 and 1993 Armenian National Competitions, the Gold Medal at the 1992 Amadeus Competition for Young Artists, and performed as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Armenian Chamber Orchestra, and the Armenian TV and Radio Orchestra.

Vardanyan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (2000) and has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert venues in his native Armenia, Europe, Central America and North America. His repertoire includes concertos, sonatas, showpieces, and major works by Bach, Bartok, Brahms, Bruch, Chausson, Corigliano, Debussy, Glazunov, Faure, Khachaturian, Lutoslawski, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Prokofiev, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Sarasate, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Szymanowski, Vieuxtemps, Vivaldi, Wieniawski, and others.

He has presented numerous recitals live on WXXI, and was featured as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto under the direction of Christopher Seaman. He performs on a Francesco Gobetti violin (Venice, ca. 1720). 

Vardanyan is on the faculty of Nazareth University, and is a co-founder of TheArcRest, Inc., a company that makes violin and viola shoulder rests. In 2009, Vardanyan became a U.S. citizen and lives in Rochester, NY with his wife and two sons.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Applied Violin


  • Eastman School of Music, M.M.