Marta Aznavoorian

Piano Faculty
Academy Piano
Academy Chamber Music Coaches
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Ms. Aznavoorian received her Bachelor of Music degree and the coveted Music Performers Certificate from Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler, and she received her Masters of Music degree from New England Conservatory.  Past teachers include Lev Vlassenko, Carolyn McCracken, Evelyn Brancart, and Emilio del Rosario.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Student of Lev Vlasenko, Patricia Zander, Menachem Pressler, Evelyn Brancart, Carolyn McCracken; chamber music coachings with Leon Fleischer and Gilbert Kalish.

Awards and achievements: 

“A pianist of exceptionally finished technique and purity of musical impulse”, (Boston Globe) Marta Aznavoorian has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. A Chicago native, she has performed in her hometown’s most prestigious venues, and has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, The New Millenium Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony and San Diego Symphony, working with such renowned conductors as the late Sir George Solti, Lukas Foss, Henry Mazer, Francesco Milioto, Larry Eckerling, and Michael Tilson Thomas. 
She was the top prizewinner in the Aspen Music Festival Piano Competition, Union League competition and Young Performer's Competition.
Her solo recital credits include the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Sydney Opera House, Steinway Hall, Weill Hall, Caramoor Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Music in the Loft, Dame Myra Hess Series, and Green Lake Music Festival, Camarata Pacifica, and the Ravinia Festival.

Upcoming collaborative concerts for Ms. Aznavoorian include Ravinia Festival recital with cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and concerts with members of the Chicago Chamber Musicians.  Already exhibiting an extensive discography including Sonatas by Stravinisky and Ravel with violinist Jennifer Frautschi, Ms. Aznavoorian's CD with the Lincoln Trio entitled “Notable Women” won a Grammy Award for best producer Judith Sherman and the Lincoln Trio’s latest CD “Annalies” received a 2014 Grammy nomination.  Ms. Aznavoorian records for Cedille and Naxos labels.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Equally at home in the classical repertoire as well as the twentieth and twenty first century works, Ms. Aznavoorian has performed premiers by Augusta Read Thomas, Laura  Schwendinger, Stacy Garrop and Marta Ptaszynska, as well as standard repertoire such as Poulenc, Mozart and Schumann Piano Concerto.  In strong demand as a chamber musician, Ms. Aznavoorian has collaborated with many artists such as the Pacifica Quartet, Julian Rachlin and concertizes frequently with her sister, cellist Ani Aznavoorian.  She is a founding member of the celebrated Lincoln Trio, which has had successful tours throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia.  Ms. Aznavoorian holds both a faculty position at the Music Institute of Chicago, and an ensemble-in-residence post with the Lincoln Trio at the Merit School of Music.