Sydney Conservatorium of Music

‘I have been acquainted with Theme and Variations for the past twenty five years. Under the leadership of Ara Vartoukian, this business is much more than a retail piano business. In fact I consider Theme and Variations to be a cultural icon which underpins the music industry and in particular the piano industry in Australia.
Mr Vartoukian is not only a very fine tuner and business man but he has a deeply rooted passion for retaining standards of providing instruments for a great range of high profile musical events such as the International Piano Recital Series at Angel Place to concerts in the Opera House.

Theme & Variations have also been the mediator in the process to provide Steinway pianos for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, for which I have been part of the selection process to select several model D and model B Steinway pianos in Hamburg. This has had a very positive impact on the students, both from a more critical listening perspective but also developing a greater respect for these quality instruments

Mr Vartoukian has a strong philanthropic feeling in that he has been very supportive of young talented students who have been in need of practice facilities and financial support. He has made facilities available to those in need.

Musical life in Sydney and wider afield can not be imagined without the selfless support of the team at Theme & Variations. It has become an institution for which the piano community is grateful and we look forward to continuing support to the industry.’

Gerard Willems
Chair Keyboard Unit
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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