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Ara OAM International Travel Diaries

  As dear friends of Theme & Variations would know over the years, Ara Vartoukian OAM can be hard to reach at times so we thought we should give you an update all the exciting adventures he has been up to.                             … Continue reading

Soundboard Special Edition – Congratulations Ara

                        It was in the eighties at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. I was teaching Italian diction at the Opera School and for a short period my classroom was transferred to the first floor, opposite a class from where strange piano noises were filtering … Continue reading

Artist of the Month – Piers Lane AO

  How acclaimed Australian pianist, Piers Lane AO does it, many of us will never know!  Performing in his most extensive Australian tour – Chopin by Candlelight, then immediately taking on the role of Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia as well as Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber … Continue reading

Q&A with Elisabeth Leonskaja

  In this edition of ‘Q&A‘, Andrew got to catch up with Grand Dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja.  A distinguished Soviet and Austrian pianist and teacher, she will be appear in her Australian debut with the ACO later this month!  At 11 she made her first orchestral appearance with Beethoven’s Concerto No.3 and at 13 she … Continue reading

For the Record – with Dan Le

For the Record

This edition of ‘For the Record’ was contributed by Australian pianist Dan Le.   Leon Fleisher was regarded one of the best pianists of the 20th century, undoubtedly because of his Carnegie Hall debut at 16 with the New York Philharmonic, his triumph at the Queen Elisabeth Competition and with his recordings with George Szell … Continue reading

Q&A with Timothy Young and Sa Chen

  A special double-episode of the Theme & Variations Q&A – piano superstars Timothy Young and Sa Chen will perform in the upcoming Australian Festival of Chamber Music.  One of the most exciting events in the Australian Music Calendar, don’t miss out on the 2016 Australian Festival of Chamber Music.     Q – What are … Continue reading

What a Difference a Sound Makes

Andrew T&V

                                        As the Sydney International Piano Competition is fast approaching, I wanted to reflect on one of the things that makes a great pianist great – the ‘sound’.  Of course there is the mind-bending virtuosity, attention … Continue reading

‘For the Record’ with Quang Hong Luu

For the Record

  This next installment of ‘For the Record’ is contributed to Vietnamese pianist and upcoming Sydney International Piano Competition competitor, Quang Hong Luu.   We are also fortunate to hear Quang Hong Luu perform a FREE recital at our Theme & Variations Showroom in Willoughby next Thursday, 30th of June.  For more information, click here.     … Continue reading

Q&A with Finghin Collins

The Q&A this month features UK/Irish pianist, Finghin Collins, who will be making his Australian debut at the upcoming Australian Festival of Chamber Music!  The festival is a unique and internationally acclaimed event presenting a 9 day program of over 30 concerts and special events between 29th July – 6th August.  To experience the world’s … Continue reading

Ara receives Order of Australia Medal

Ara Vartoukian OAM                                             In the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List, Director of Theme & Variations Piano Services Ara Vartoukian, has received a Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. … Continue reading

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