*25 V 1954 Erevan
Arutyun Papazyan – 3rd Prize winner, 10th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1980). Arutyun Papazyan was born into a family of musicians. He began learning piano at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan with J. Zargaryan. He completed this school in 1972. Next he undertook piano studies at the Komitas Conservatoire in Yerevan with Grigori Saradzhev (1972–1977). For the following two years, he completed his apprenticeship with Professor Saradzhev and Professor Yakov Milstein at the Moscow Conservatoire.
Mr. Papazyan has participated in both national and international competitions: Trans-Caucasian Piano Competition in Baku (1st Prize, 1972), Smetana Piano Competition in Hradec Králové (2nd Prize ex aequo with Marina Abramian, 1974), Vianna da Motta International Competition in Lisbon (1st Prize, 1979) and Chopin Competition in Warsaw (3rd Prize, 1980).
Mr. Papazyan’s first public performance took place in Yerevan while he was still a student of the music school. He launched his international career after the Chopin competition, performing in Australia, Finland, Holland, Japan, Canada, Sweden and Italy. On 20th October 1985 he made his Carnegie Hall debut within the Keyboard Virtuoso Series. On the 10th anniversary of this event, 28th March 1995, Mr. Papazyan returned to the same hall to play all of Chopin’s 24 Etudes (from Op. 10 and Op. 25) and 24 Preludes Op. 28. The recital was so successful that he played again at Carnegie Hall on 19th November, interpreting Chopin’s seven great polonaises and Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, followed by Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth. and Mozart’s Rondo alla turca as encores. Two years later, he again impressed the New York public at the Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center) with his brilliant rendition of Mozart, Chopin (4 Ballades) and Débussy (1st Book of Preludes).
Mr. Papazyan’s repertoire extends from Scarlatti to modern composers. He has worked with record companies Polskie Nagrania / Muza, Veriton and Maral, recording works by Chopin (complete Ballades, Etudes and Preludes, the great Polonaises, Sonata in B flat minor, Scherzo in B flat minor, Barcarolle in F sharp major and the 3 Ballades), Mozart (Rondo in D major, Fantasie in D minor), Liszt (Sonata in B minor), Débussy, Komitas and contemporary Armenian composers.