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Sydney International Piano Competition: Interview with Artistic Director Piers Lane AO

Director of Theme and Variations Ara Vartoukian recently had a sit down with Artistic Director Piers Lane to chat about all things Pianos and his experiences with the competition over the years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRttKVKfJCg
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Emerging Artists 2021 - Concert 2

Theme & Variations is pleased to invite you to the second concert of our 2021 Emerging Artists recital series, on June 6 at 2pm, giving four promising young pianists the exciting opportunity to prepare and perform a solo piano…
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Emerging Artists 2021 - Concert 1

Theme & Variations is pleased to invite you to the return in 2021 of our Emerging Artists recital series. We begin on March 21 at 2pm, giving three promising young pianists the exciting opportunity to prepare and perform a solo piano recital…
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Emerging Artists 2021

Theme & Variations is pleased to announce the return in 2021 of our Emerging Artists recital series. We begin in March this year, giving promising young pianists the exciting opportunity to prepare and perform a solo piano recital on our…
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Merry Christmas 2020

To our valued Theme and Variations Piano Services family of friends, clients, colleagues, educators, collaboration partners and wonderful Arts community. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year 2020 has been…
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Sydney Symphony Artist Spotlight: An Interview with Alexander Gavrylyuk

Having last played alongside the Sydney Symphony in 2018, piano virtuoso Alexander Gavrylyuk sat down with our Gold Partner, Theme & Variations Piano Services to reflect on his first time with an orchestra at the age of 9, the book that…
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From Tree To Piano

Recently for their latest Spring issue the Sydney Piano Competition caught up with our Director and Concert Technician Ara Vartoukian. Read what he had to say in this issue of their Newsletter.
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Our 35 Years and Partnerships

Its been an extraordinary 35 years with so many memories and achievements. It's also wonderful to hear from our longstanding partners in celebration of this momentous milestone.  To read more about our history and partnerships over the last…
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Theme & Variations Celebrates 35 Years !!!

Proud 35 Years! 2020 marks the 35th anniversary of Theme & Variations Piano Services and with many plans of celebration now put on hold for this occasion, we would like to share our humble story of 35 years with our wonderful and loyal…

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…