Armenian pianists have previously won the Second Prize in Top of the World, but with Mariam Kharatyan, they aim to make it all the way to the top.
Mariam was born in 1987, and started playing the piano at the age of 6. After music school, she continued her studies at the Music College with Romanos Meliqyan, in Yerevan, Armenia. From 2005, her studies continued at Yerevan State Conservatory, in the class of Associate Professor Areg Sargsyan.
Mariam finished her Master Degree of Piano Performance at the Komitas State Conservatory in 2011, with top grades. Since 2012, she has lived in Norway, and has studied at Agder Music Conservatory, doing the Master Program of Piano Performance Western –European Music, in the class of Professors Tellef Juva and Sveinung Bjelland.
After her graduation from Univerity of Agder, she has been working at UIA at the Faculty of Fine Arts, as an Accompanist and Piano Teacher .
Mariam is not a newcomer to piano competition, and has won several national and international contests. She was Semifinalist at the 14th Grieg International Piano Competition in Bergen, Norway. In 2013, she won the First Prize at the 5th International Piano Competition “Giovanni Musicisti” in Treviso, Italy. In 2014, Mariam performed a solo recital at Auditorium Stefanini, in Treviso, invited by Italian Academia Musicale.
In 2010, Mariam won 3rd place in the ”Renaissance” International 2nd Contest Festival of Musician Performers in Gyumri, Armenia. She has also been honored by ”Sorlandske Sommernetter” Festkonserten to Klassisk UIA 2013 Award, in Kristiansand, Norway.
In 2012, Mariam performed Beethoven 3rd piano concerto in C minor in Sigurd Kohns Hus of Agder Conservatory, and in Som Church in Kristiansand, as a soloist with Agder Symfoniorkester, under the conductor James Duddle.
Along with her activities as soloist, Mariam is also an experienced chamber musician, playing in various ensembles. In 2013, she was invited to perform with Laurens Weinhold (violin, Norway-Austria) in NYCMF (Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival) in Stavanger.
From 2012-2014, she performed concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician at Ung Klassisk Festival, in Arendal Kulturhus, Kilden Teater og Konserthus, Kristiansand and at Risør Ung Festival.
She has numerous collaborations with other musicians and opera singers – Karin Hertsenberg (soprano, Netherlands), Elizaveta Agrafenina (soprano, Netherlands) and Maria Wennersten (soprano, Norway), to mention a few. In 2007, she performed chamber music concerts with Armenian violist and composer Gor Hovhannisyan, in Kamar Art Music Festival in Yerevan, Armenia. Together, the two have performed in concert halls such as Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Concert Hall, Komitas Chamber Music Hall, Arno Babajanyan Philharmonic Hall, Concert Hall of Aram Khachaturian Home-Museum and Narekatsi Art Institute Hall.
Mariam has participated in master classes as a soloist and as a chamber musician with Einar-Steen Nøkleberg (Norway), Eugene Alcalay (USA), Jan Jiracek Von Arnim (Austria), Anton Sorokow (Austria), Maria Egelhof (Germany), Kim Kashkashyan (USA), Diane Andersen (Belgium), Ashley Wass(UK), Konstantin Lifschitz (Russia), Rolf Gupta (Norway) and Nina-Margret Grimsdottir (Iceland). Throughout her musical career she has performed numerous recitals in Yerevan and in other Armenian cities, as well as in Norway, Sweden, Italy, Hungary and Belarus.
Here’s a clip of Mariam Kharatyan playing Joseph Haydn Sonata in C-minor Hob. XVI: 20 (1st mov.)