Hayk Arsenyan, Piano

New York based pianist-composer Hayk Arsenyan, a native of Armenia, has appeared in numerous recitals in USA, Canada, Armenia, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Syria, and Lebanon. His performance venues have included Carnegie Hall (New York), Palais d'UNESCO and Salle Cortot (Paris), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Kremlin (Moscow), "Petranka" House-Museum of Mozart (Prague), Auditorio de Miguel Delibes (Valladolid), Dar-Al-Assad Opera House (Damascus), Salla Cervantes (Havana), and appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and the Phillips Collection Concert Series in Washington DC. At the age of 11 Mr. Arsenyan made his orchestral debut with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra performing his own Requiem for the piano and orchestra, and at the age of 17, he made his European orchestral debut as a soloist with the Radio France National Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was awarded a platinum medal by the City of Paris. 

Mr. Arsenyan’s concert repertoire is diverse and encompasses works from early Baroque to New Music.  An avid chamber musician and collaborator outside of the classical music stage, he constantly strives to explore various experimental projects with Dance, Drama and Visual Arts, such as the “Visual Landscapes” multi-media project of all Alan Hovhaness piano solo works, which was The New York Times’ pick of the week in May 2011.

Currently, Mr. Arsenyan teaches at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree from the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow.  In 2007 he was awarded the full-tuition Yevgeny Kissin Award for the Professional-Studies performance program at Manhattan School of Music in New York. Mr. Arsenyan also studied the piano in Paris at École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot and the Conservatoire National de Region D'Aubervillier La-Courneuve. He is a scholar of Iberian Early Music and has compiled a Performance Guide to Sonatas of Antonio Soler as a part of his Doctoral Dissertation, published by the University of Iowa Press.

In 1993, Mr. Arsenyan became a lifetime member of the French Society of Authors and Composers (SACEM) and two collections of his original works were published in Paris. In 2015, he also became a member of the Composers Union of Armenia. In 2016, he signed an exclusive publishing contract with the Zimmermann Publications for his work “Stratum” for double bass and piano, premiered at the Nixon Presidential Museum in Los Angeles. Several of his compositions have been choreographed by the dance departments of the University of Iowa and New York University, as well as the Iowa Youth Ballet and the Duarte Dance Works in Brazil. Mr. Arsenyan is also a member of the Ararat International Academy of Sciences in Paris, serving as the Academy’s chairman in New York. Since 2012, has directed the Performing Arts Department at the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).