The Sydney International Piano Competition
‘From the beginnings in a shop in Artarmon to their present location in Greenwich, Theme & Variations has been a very important part of the musical scene in Sydney and New South Wales, and in Queensland more recently. The staff of Theme & Variations Piano Services is an informed and highly regarded professional and enthusiastic team.
Their place in the life of Sydney ranges from their support of the Piano Series of the Sydney Symphony, of Opera Australia, the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia and The Friends of the Competition. One must also note their support of Piano teachers by way of providing Masterclasses, Lectures and Recitals in their shop and in other venues.
Young pianists have received special attention and many have been given the opportunity to give solo and joint Recitals in Sydney, Brisbane and country towns in New South Wales and Queensland. In the commercial area, the high standard of support, for all who purchase or rent a piano from T & V Piano Services, sets a standard that others most certainly envy.
Having known Ara Vartoukian since he was a very young student in the Piano Tuning Course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music it has been a pleasure to see Ara develop and be recognised world wide as one of the finest piano technicians and also a visionary man who has brought together a team that is proud to be able to support a variety of aspects of the musical scene in Australia.
I can only say – “Thank you Ara and your Team for all that you are doing for music in Australia, and long may it continue and be a model for others to emulate.”‘
Prof. Warren Thomson OAM
Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury
Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia