Vahan Sargsyan holds graduate and post graduate degrees from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatoire, where he studied with honorary teacher of Armenia, Elza Tandilyan, and his father, renowned Armenian pianist Villi Sargsyan. Vahan’s honors include 1991 Laureate of the International Piano Competition in Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil, and multiple awards in solo and chamber music categories from the Pittsburgh Concert Society. His recordings are released by Alanna, Aerophon, and Ablaze Records. His most recent compact disc recording, The Elements, is with his duet ensemble, Duo Astralis. The Elements is available through cdbaby.com.
As a member of Duo Astralis (with Angela Massey, flute) and as a soloist, Vahan has performed in Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, USA and Canada. He travels across the country and around the world to perform, conduct masterclasses, and participate in collaborative work at festivals, colleges, and subscription concert series. His solo concerto performance in 2004 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra led to regular appearances at the orchestra’s keyboards.
Vahan has worked in higher education institutions since 1988. He has held positions as assistant professor at the Yerevan State Conservatoire in Armenia and as faculty and staff pianist at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for over a decade. Currently, he is a collaborative pianist and chamber music coach at Carnegie Mellon University.