…From Russia with Love

Australian Piano Technician Chosen to Tune for Piano Heavyweights in Russian Piano Competition

Tchaikovsky Competition











Ara Vartoukian Represents Australia


Director of Theme & Variations Piano Services, Ara Vartoukian, has been hand-selected by Steinway & Sons to care for the pianos used in the 15th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition from June 15th to July 3rd, 2015.


The competition will be held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with the preliminary round starting on Thursday 11th June.  60 competitors play to a number of the judges and 30 are selected to start in the competition soon after.  Pianists have travelled the world over to compete in one of the biggest competitions on the globe – this year competitors have travelled from: Japan, South Korea, China, Latvia, Germany, Poland, France, USA, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Greece, Great Britain and Australia (as well as Russia).


Held every four years, this prestigious competition originally began in 1958 with two disciplines – piano and violin.  The competition now includes categories for cello and voice.  Some of the greatest piano legends have graced this stage, with Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrei Gavrilov, Boris Berezovsky and Nikolai Lugansky among them.


With a total of $172,000 potentially ‘up for grabs’, this historic competition brings some of the world’s most prestigious talent to Moscow.


Ara Vartoukian has been charged with the responsibility of making sure that every competitor’s pianistic tastes and demands are satisfied and accounted for.  Ara was selected for this role not just for his consummate skills as an expert piano technician, but also for his calm and collected temperament under pressure.


With some of the best young players in the world performing over the coming weeks, each piano must be in prime condition to allow the greatest artistic expression to be communicated to the judges.  This is no small responsibility for one single Sydney-based piano technician.




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