Hailed by La Nacion for his “beautiful sound and exquisite musicality”, Argentinean violinist Sami Merdinian has received worldwide recognition for his outstanding performances as a soloist and chamber musician. As a chamber musician he received the First Prize and Gold Medal at the New England International Chamber Music Competition in Boston, USA, and the First Prize at the Victor Elmaleh Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York. Mr. Merdinian has also been prize winner in several international competitions including Gold Medal in the XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition in Argentina and the New Talent Competition in Slovakia organized by the European Radio. He has also received the Rising Star Award by Tiffany & Co., was named Outstanding Artist of the Year by the Argentinean Press, and has been featured in WQXR in New York, “Spiegenzall” live from the Concertgebouw, Argentinean Classical National Station, America’s NPR, South Korean’s KBS and the BBC.
Sami is one of the violinists of the string quintet Sybarite5, with whom he has performed recently at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, Apple Store, and tours throughout United States, Canada, Asia and South America. Sami has recently appeared with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinean National Symphony, The Charlemagne Orchestre, The Gagneung Philharmonic in South Korea, Philharmonia of the Nations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires Philharmonic at Teatro Colon, South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Midland and Duluth Symphonies. Highly sought-after as tango violinist, Mr. Merdinian has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent artists of the genre and has received a Grammy Nomination for "Masters of the Bandoneon" for Best Tango Album. Mr. Merdinian’s discography includes recordings for Universal Records, Canary Classics, CAG Records and Green Parrot Records.
While at The Juilliard School and Yale University, Mr. Merdinian was a pupil of Dorothy Delay, Naoko Tanaka and Peter Oundjian, and has participated in master classes for artists such as Itzahk Perlman, Ruggiero Ricci, Emmanuel Ax, Pamela Frank and members of the Tokyo, Cleveland and Guarnieri String Quartets. Mr. Merdinian is the Co-founder and Artist Director of the New Docta International Music Festival in Cordoba, Argentina.
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