A Special Christmas Offer!

What better way to spend Christmas than with a beautiful new piano  This festive season our Christmas tree will be full with lots of gifts! Purchase any piano from Theme & Variations Piano Services between 1-24 December and receive…

Interview with Akiho Suzuki 'Emerging Artist In Recital' Finalist

How did the Emerging Artist Program come about for you? My teacher Natalia Ricci asked me if I wanted to perform for this programme. She has been my teacher for 8 years and has given me many fantastic performance opportunities for which I…
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City Recital Hall 20 Year Anniversary!

The City Recital Hall is one of Theme & Variations second homes and is an iconic music arts presenter and venue in Sydney . Whether we are working with an artist on piano pre-selection,  or doing a pre-concert tune - we love working with…
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How Music Works - ABC Classic

ABC Classic takes us on a fascinating journey of  how  music works.  Featuring short videos of everything from 'how does saxophone makes sound' to'how does an orchestra know when to start' this series has lots interesting, factual and entertaining…

ABC Classic features Ara Vartoukian at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia.

ABC Classic talks to head competition Steinway technician Ara Vartoukian about the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia.  An interesting read about behind the scene insights into this highly esteemed competition. …

The finals are over and with much celebration!

The judges file into the concert after about 1.5 hours of deliberations to make the winners announcements. 7 FINALISTS! Returning to hallowed grounds in the Moscow Conservatorium, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall with a surprise announcement!…

Tchaikovsky Competition - Round 2 begins!

The second round starts. This time the competitors have an hour to impress the judges.  Backstage the next competitor hammers away in the warmup room, the men in white coats and gloves shuffle around the 5 pianos as they are to be used and…

Tchaikovsky Competition - Final Day, round 1

Backstage there is increased activity, apart from the organizers and stagehands the media throng is increasing with a microphone, camera or video camera in everyone’s face. You must be careful what you say or do as all of a sudden a camera…
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Tchaikovsky Competition - Quote of the Day - round one

19/06 Quote of the day ‘great apple’! Comment from Fujita Mao. After playing an incredible last performance of the day he was obviously hungry. I was half way through munching a large green apple when I bumped into him back stage as he…

Tchaikovsky Competition - Day 1, the competition begins

Xie Ming strides onto the stage with an air of confidence. The hall is full, a dozen cameras are rolling for the worldwide TV broadcast, commentators are finalising their ideas in hush tones on the balcony, photographers jockey for the best…

Tchaikovsky International Competition -Piano Selections and Opening Gala!

Things are hotting up in Moscow with the piano selections are now underway.  All the manufacturers have been working diligently on their instruments, and now is the test as to which piano the competitors will choose to play in the competition…

Postcards from Moscow - 16th Tchaikovsky Competition 2019

Ara has arrived in Moscow, Russia for the 16 International Tchaikovsky Competition that runs for 12 consecutive days. Travelling to Moscow was tiring and interesting. After a long trip, Ara caught up on some much-needed sleep & explored…
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A sneak peak into our Workshop!

Did you know that we have an on-site workshop at our Willoughby showroom? You may see Ara from time to time come up for air as he whisks through the showroom in his apron on his way to lunch! We recently completed a full restoration on…

Emerging Artists 2018 'Most Outstanding Performer'

The Theme & Variations Emerging Artists in Recital Program was officially created by Ara & Nyree Vartoukian in 2009.  The program was established to give students an insight into the exciting world of piano performance, by providing…

SSO shine the spotlight on Ara Vartoukian

In celebration of our official 15 year partnership, Sydney Symphony Orchestra shine the spotlight on our very own Ara Vartoukian........ Ara VartoukianOAM is a name synonymous in Sydney with the growth of young and aspiring pianists. As the…

Meet the Team @ T&V

Our team of technicians are the foundation of our business and constantly work hard to ensure that every piano in our showroom and workshop is in top quality pitch perfect condition - ready to go to it's new home. This photo was recently…

Joyce Yang in Australia

The very talented Joyce Yang has been touring Australia with Musica Viva.  With a tight schedule spanning 7 cities over 3 weeks, we have been working closely with Musica Viva to ensure that Joyce has the best concert pianos for her performances…