Hailed by the London Times as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” Tanya Gabrielian combines emotional vulnerability with commanding strength, captivating audiences worldwide with her gripping performances.
Ms. Gabrielian has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, in venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Sydney Opera House, Salle Cortot in Paris, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Bonn Beethovenhaus, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. She has performed concerti with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. National radio broadcasts include NPR, WGBH (Boston), WFMT (Chicago), KCSN (Los Angeles), WQXR (New York), and VPR (Vermont). Her debut CD, Kaleidoscope, was released in November 2010.
As founder of the MELERcollective, Tanya Gabrielian is dedicated to promoting the artist as activist through art. Projects have included an installation with the artist Fran Bull for the exhibit In Flanders Field: A Meditation on War, recitals featuring composers with mental illnesses, highlighting the stigma around mental health issues, and a multidisciplinary collaboration combining Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross with final statements from executed death row inmates. Ms. Gabrielian has also founded a biweekly interactive performance series for patients at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She was awarded the 2011 McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach for her work.
Tanya Gabrielian rose to international acclaim with prizes in the Scottish International Piano Competition, Sydney International Piano Competition, Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition, Pro Musicis International Award, and Bösendorfer International Piano Competition. Her Wigmore Hall debut, as winner of the coveted Wigmore Prize awarded by the Royal Academy of Music, was reviewed as “revelatory, a feast of romantic pianism which held us enthralled” and “an astounding achievement by any standards, and one I cannot imagine being bettered… Remember the name—Tanya Gabrielian—you will be hearing a lot more from her I feel sure.” Ms. Gabrielian’s Southbank debut recital in the Purcell Room in London, presented by the Philharmonia Orchestra, was chosen as “Performance of the Year 2006” by Seen and Heard International. She has also been featured on the cover of the magazine Clavier.
Tanya Gabrielian received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Hamish Milne and Alexander Satz. Upon graduation, she was awarded with a DipRAM, the highest performing award of the Academy, and she received the prize for the best final recital for six consecutive years. Ms. Gabrielian then completed her studies at The Juilliard School as the only candidate accepted for the prestigious Artist Diploma program, an extraordinarily selective post-graduate residency program, where she studied with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio. She currently resides in New York City.