Lily Afshar in concert with Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José
Lily Afshar is a virtuosa who brings passion to her performance. Acclaimed as “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” according to Public Radio International, her unique life story finds expression in her art. The Washington Post has described her onstage performance as “remarkable, impeccable.” She is the only classical guitarist in the world who blends excellent formal training in the United States and Europe with the rich cultural heritage of Persia to bring audiences an extraordinary musical experience.
“Remarkable, impeccable.” – The Washington Post
“The complete package…with a musicality and emotional quality…that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind.” – Guitar International Magazine
Gohar Vardanyan is a native of Armenia, where she started her studies in guitar at age 5 under the guidance of her father, Vardan Vardanyan. She performed in numerous concert venues in Armenia and went on to study with Antigoni Goni at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. She was awarded the Young Artist’s Certificate from Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Harold Randolph Prize in performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Sharon Isbin, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Ms. Vardanyan is widely admired for her technique and artistry. She has performed throughout the United States, including at the Smithsonian Institution and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Juilliard Opera Center. Guitar International Magazine has described her playing as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”
In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops and is the author of four books from Mel Bay Publications with a fifth one of its way.
“Gohar Vardanyan performs with a genuine passion and virtuosity that is engaging and compelling.” – Sharon Isbin