Biography

Hailed by La Nacion for his “beautiful sound and exquisite musicality”, Argentinean violinist Sami Merdinian has received worldwide recognition for his outstanding performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Sami has recently appeared with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinean National Symphony, The Charlemagne Orchestre, The GagneungPhilharmonic in South Korea, Philharmonia of the Nations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires Philharmonic at Teatro Colon, South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Midland and Duluth Symphonies.

Mr. Merdinian has performed in the prestigious Concerti di Mezzogiorno at Spoleto Festival in Italy, NY in ChuncheonFestival in South Korea, Ravinia, Aspen, Great Lakes and I Palpiti festivals in the US and the Semana Musical de Llao-Llao, and performs in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center, among others.

As a chamber musician he received the First Prize and Gold Medal at the New England International Chamber Music Competition in Boston, USA, and the First Prize at the Victor Elmaleh Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York.Sami is one of the violinists of the string quintet Sybarite5, with whom he has performed recently at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, Apple Store, and tours throughout United States, Canada, Asia and South America. Sami has given recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, the Lebanon, Australia and Asia with pinistas as Enrico Pace, Gilles Vonsattel, Sofya Melikyan and Paula Peluso.

Mr. Merdinian has been prize winner in several international competitions including Gold Medal in the XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition in Argentina and the New Talent Competition in Slovakia organized by the European Radio. He has also received the Rising Star Award by Tiffany & Co., was named Outstanding Artist of the Year by the Argentinean Press, and has been featured in WQXR in New York, “Spiegenzall” live from the Concertgebouw, Argentinean Classical National Station, America’s NPR, South Korean’s KBS and the BBC.

Also highly sought-after as tango violinist, Mr. Merdinian has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent artist of the genre and has received a Grammy Nomination for "Masters of the Bandoneon" for Best Tango Album. Mr. Merdinian’s discography includes recordings for Universal Records, Canary Classics, CAG Records and Green Parrot Records.

While at The Juilliard School and Yale University, Mr. Merdinian was a pupil of Dorothy Delay, Naoko Tanaka and Peter Oundjian, and has participated in masterclasses for artists such as Itzahk Perlman, Ruggiero Ricci, Emmanuel Ax, Pamela Frank and members of the Tokyo, Cleveland and Guarnieri String Quartets.

Mr. Merdinian is the Co-founder and Artist Director of the New Docta International Music Festival in Cordoba, Argentina.

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