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Anoush Tchakarian

Adjunct Professor, Piano
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


A.D., Duquesne University
M.M., Duquesne University
B.M., Sofia Conservatory

Anoush Tchakarian started playing piano at the age of four, and at the age of five she was accepted in the first of its kind class for gifted children at the Music School "Lubomir Pipkov" in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1997, Anoush graduated with excellence in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy in the class of Vera Mitcheva. Shortly thereafter she successfully obtained her Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance at the National Music Conservatory "Pancho Vladigerov" in Sofia, in the piano class of Professor Marina Kapatsinskaya, in the chamber music class of Professor Dimitar Kozev, and in the accompanying class of Professor Iliana Batembergska. During these years, Anoush participated in several national and international festivals in Bulgaria, England, and Finland as a soloist, as well as with different chamber music ensembles. She also participated in many national and international master classes coached by outstanding pianists such as Professor Boris Bloch, Professor Marco Tezza, and Professor Bruce Voght. Anoush is a laureate from various national competitions with Special and Second Prize from the 1997 National Competition for German and Austrian Music, and the Special Prize of His Excellency the German Ambassador in Bulgaria. She was a soloist for the National Music Conservatory Orchestra in 2001 in Sofia, and soloist for the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh in 2004 as the winner of the Concerto Competition. In 2004, Anoush graduated the Mary Pappert School of Music with a Master in Music in Piano Performance and in 2006 with an Artist Diploma in the piano class of Professor Kenneth Burky. She performed numerous solo recitals and charity concerts with a large and various piano and harpsichord repertoire. Furthermore, Anoush has made various recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio, the Bulgarian National Television, and WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh, and she is a member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda. In February of 2006, Anoush won the Western Pennsylvania Steinway Society Piano Competition. In 2013, she won Award of Excellence for her performance of Ravel's Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit in the Global Music Awards Competition, La Jolla, California. Currently Anoush is an adjunct piano faculty at the Mary Pappert School of Music and City Music Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.