Bio



Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist/composer whose studies include Yerevan State Conservatory, Estonian Music Academy, Helsinki Jazz Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music. 

Performs solo as well as with artists such as Mick Goodrick, Peter Erskine, Jerry Bergonzi and David Binney. 

In addition to teaching at The Musical Suite in Newburyport, MA, performed and taught master classes at Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (AK), Maine Jazz Camp (ME), Towson University (MD), Susquehanna University (PA), Bucknell University (PA), Wheeler School (RI), Estonian Music Academy (Tallinn, Estonia), Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (Chennai, India), Sacheon International Jazz Workshop (Sacheon, S. Korea), Beijing Contemporary Music Academy (Beijing, China), CalArts (CA) and Berklee College of Music (MA).

Vardan has released 5 CDs with “Fresh Sound New Talent” label, independent releases of VOCE - Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (2006 and 2013), plus several duo/trio albums. 

Recent awards and publications include First Prize at the Achava Jazz Award (Erfurt, Germany - 2017), Chamber Music America Grant for New Jazz Works program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York, NY - 2017), and a release of Peter Erskine New Trio album “In Praise of Shadows”.

Presently Vardan resides in Los Angeles.


     





  CV

  



Education


1997-2000 Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA

Professional Diploma

Major in Piano Performance


1995-1997 Helsinki Jazz Conservatory - Helsinki, Finland

Major in Piano Performance


1994-1995 Estonian Music Academy - Tallinn, Estonia

Classes in Contemporary Classical Composition


1992-1994 Yerevan State Conservatory - Yerevan, Armenia

Major in Classical Composition


1990-1992 Romanos Melikyan College of Music - Yerevan, Armenia

Major in Music Theory


1982-1989 Junior Music School - Yerevan, Armenia

Performance Diploma

Major in Piano Performance and Music Theory



Teaching


Berklee College of Music; Boston MA (November 2014)

Composition masterclass for the professional writing division


Berklee College of Music; Boston MA (November 2014)

Workshop about the “art of duo” for the voice department


Cambridge School of Weston; Weston MA (November 2014)

Composition masterclass


Beijing Contemporary Music Academy; Beijing, China (October 2014)

Small ensemble performance skills (Peter Erskine clinics), jazz piano and composition private instructions


Sacheon International Jazz Workshop: S. Korea (summer 2014)

Lectures on “finding your own voice”, jazz piano and composition private instructions, small ensemble performance skills


CalArts (substitute teaching): Los Angeles, CA (2010 – present)

Ensemble coaching, improvisation classes


Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music: Chennai, India (fall 2010) 

Improvisation and composition classes, small ensemble performance skills


The Musical Suite: Newburyport, MA (2000 – 2009)

Classical and jazz piano private instructions, small ensemble performance skills


Maine Jazz Camp: Farmington, ME (2000-2008)

Improvisation and theory classes, small ensemble performance skills


Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival: Fairbanks, AK (2004-2008)

Jazz piano and composition private instructions, small ensemble performance skills


Susquehanna University: Selinsgrove, PA (2006-07, 2007-08, 2014 -15 academic years)

Improvisation and theory classes, small ensemble performance skills


Bucknell University: Lewisburg, PA (2007-08 academic year)

Workshops on improvisation and composition


Wheeler Jazz Camp: Providence, RI (2006, 2007)

Improvisation and composition classes, small ensemble performance skills


Towson State University: Towson, MD (2004-05, 2005-06 academic years)

Improvisation and composition classes



Reviews and Articles


expressmilwaukee.com

Review of Lighthouse by David Luhrssen 2014


O’s Place Jazz Magazine

Review of Lighthouse by Dr. Oscar Groomes 2014


Downbeat Magazine

Review of Akunc and Sketch Book, by Greg Buium; February 2005


The Boston Globe

Preview article of solo performance at Zeitgeist Gallery (Cambridge, MA), 

by Bill Beuttler; February 2005


jazzpreview.com 

Review of Akunc, by Roman St. James; January 2005


The Boston Globe 

Article Beauty of Sketch Book Draws Attention to Local Pianist Ovsepian, 

by Bill Beuttler; March 2004


Keyboard Magazine

Article Mr. Goodchord Goes Keyboard, Part 2, by Mitch Haupers; January 2004


Cadence Building

Review of Sketch Book; July 2003


Portland Press Herald 

Review of November 30, 2002 concert at the Center for Cultural Exchange (Portland ME), 

by Steve Feeney; December 2002



Awards and Recognition 


Chamber Music America Grant for New Jazz Works program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York, NY) 2017

Achava Jazz Award First Prize (Erfurt, Germany) 2017

Full Berklee International Tour and Entering Student Scholarships 1997-2000

Liberace Award (merit scholarship) 1999

Edman Jazz Piano Competition First Prize co-winner (Hartford, CT) 1998

Armenian General Benevolent Union Grant 1997-2000



Recordings/Publications


- In Praise of Shadows (Peter Erskine New Trio) - 2016

- Hand in Hand (duet with Tatiana Parra) - 2016

- As Autumn Departs - 2015

- Lighthouse (duet with Tatiana Parra) - 2014

- Dreaming Paris Theme and Variations (VOCE) - 2013

- Now - 2012

- Chromaticity - 2012 

- Nocturnal Prophecy – 2011 

- Joy Luck (Peter Erskine New Trio) - 2011 

- “Mirror Exercises” – published in 2011

- VOCE (Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble) - 2006


Recordings on the Fresh Sound, New Talent label [Barcelona, Spain] include:

- Points North (Vardan Ovsepian Quintet) - 2013

- Aragast (Vardan Ovsepian Quartet) - 2006

- Akunc (Vardan Ovsepian Quintet) - 2004

- Sketch Book (Vardan Ovsepian Quintet) - 2002

- Abandoned Wheel (solo piano) – 2001



Languages 


Fluent in English, Armenian and Russian



References


Available upon request