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Praised as a player “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength…that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” and a “bewitching musical presence” (The Piedmont Post), 23-year-old pianist Audrey Vardanega was born and raised in Oakland, California and began her piano studies at the age of six with Araks Aghazarian. Her past teachers include Seymour Lipkin, Robert Schwartz, Christopher Elton, and Victor Rosenbaum. She currently studies under the tutelage of Richard Goode at Mannes The New School. She graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in May 2017. Along with five other internationally selected pianists, Vardanega participated in the Carnegie Hall Workshops with Jonathan Biss in February 2017, exploring late piano works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Schubert. She is a laureate of the Ravinia Steans’ Music Institute. As of January 2019, Audrey is the founder and artistic director of Musaics of the Bay, a Bay Area-based chamber music series dedicated to presenting chamber concerts and providing mentorship programs to underserved Bay Area youth.
Vardanega made her debut as the youngest soloist in the history of the Midsummer Mozart Festival under the baton of George Cleve in the summer of 2010, appearing again with the orchestra in the summers of 2012 and 2013. Vardanega made her solo recital debut at the age of 12 with IMG Artists’ 2008 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley—since then, she has performed in numerous solo and chamber recitals with San Francisco Old First Concerts, the Piedmont Piano Company, the Hangzhou Grand Theater, the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, St. Paul Towers, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Crowden School’s “Sundays at Four.” From 2010-2013, Vardanega served as the principle pianist at the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and was invited to perform on tour with the orchestra at venues like the Munich Gasteig and the Berlin Philharmonie in Summer 2012.
Along with engaging audiences with solo recitals, she also engages with students in masterclasses and lecture-performances at the Zhejiang Conservatory in Hangzhou, China, Sonoma State University, and Berkeley's Crowden School. Vardanega has also been interviewed and featured on various media outlets including Berkeley's "Piano" segment on KPFA 94.1 hosted by Larry Bensky, San Francisco's Classical KDFC, Hangzhou China's Central TV Station, the San Francisco Classical Voice, and New York's WWFM, among others. Vardanega is a Classical Music radio programmer at Columbia University's WKCR 89.9 FM WKCR HD1 New York.