Hailed by the London Times as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” Tanya Gabrielian combines emotional vulnerability with thoughtful artistry, captivating audiences worldwide with her gripping, commanding performances.
Tanya Gabrielian has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, in venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. She has performed concerti with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New London Sinfonia, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. Radio broadcasts include NPR, WFMT (Chicago), VPR (Vermont), WGBH (Boston), and KCSN (Los Angeles). Her debut CD, Kaleidoscope, was released in November 2010.
As founder of the “Art for Activism” initiative, 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, and an ongoing recital series featuring composers with mental illnesses, to highlight the stigma around mental health issues. Ms. Gabrielian 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 first prizes in the Scottish International Piano Competition, Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition, and the Pro Musicis International Award. 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".
Born in the United States in 1983, Ms. Gabrielian began studying piano at the age of three. In 2000, she moved to London, where she 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 Royal Academy of Music, and she received the prize for the best final recital for six consecutive years. In 2009, Gabrielian moved to New York as the only candidate accepted for The Juilliard School’s prestigious Artist Diploma program, an extraordinarily selective post-graduate residency program, where she completed her studies with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio.