Anoush Tchakarian started playing the piano at the age of four, and at the age of five, she was accepted in the first of its kind class for gifted children at the Music School "Lubomir Pipkov" in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1997, Anoush graduated with excellence in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the class of Vera Mitcheva. Shortly thereafter, she successfully obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance at the National Music Conservatory "Pancho Vladigerov" in Sofia, where she worked with Professor Marina Kapatsinskaya, Professor Dimitar Kozev, and Professor Iliana Batembergska. During these years, Anoush participated in several national and international festivals in Bulgaria, England, and Finland as a soloist, as well as with different chamber music ensembles. She also participated in numerous national and international master classes coached by outstanding pianists such as Professor Boris Bloch, Professor Marco Tezza, and Professor Bruce Voght. Anoush is a laureate from various national competitions with Second Prize from the 1997 National Competition for German and Austrian Music and the Special Prize of His Excellency the German Ambassador in Bulgaria for best performance of Schubert's Piano Variations in F Major, D. 156.
She was a soloist for the National Music Conservatory Orchestra in 2001 in Sofia and soloist for the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh in 2004 as the winner of the Concerto Competition. In 2001, she performed at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland, featuring Mendelssohn's Piano Sextet, op. 110 and Hindemith's Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano. In 2004, Anoush graduated the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University with a Master's Degree in Piano Performance, and in 2006, she obtained an Artist Diploma in the piano class of Professor Kenneth Burky. She performed numerous solo recitals and participated in charity concerts with a vast and various piano and harpsichord repertoire. Moreover, Anoush has made various recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio, the Bulgarian National Television, and WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh, and she is a member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda. In February of 2006, Anoush won the Western Pennsylvania Steinway Society Piano Competition. In 2013, she won the Award of Excellence for her performance of Ravel's Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit in the Global Music Awards Competition, La Jolla, California.
In April of 2018, Anoush Tchakarian and James Burns were among selected winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition. Their piano duo laureate recital took place in September at Kresge Hall, Carnegie Mellon University as part of the Pittsburgh Concert Series.
Currently, Anoush is an adjunct professor of piano at the Mary Pappert School of Music, and she is a member of the piano faculty at City Music Center.
- A.D., Duquesne University
- M.M., Duquesne University
- B.M., Sofia Conservatory
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