Sara Domjanić and Tanya Gabrielian

September 11, 2019, 12:15 pm

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Violinist Sara Domjanić is joined by collaborative pianist Tanya Gabrielian for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. On this program they will perform works by Sergei Prokofiev, Claude Debussy, and the virtuosic Gypsy Caprice by Fritz Kreisler.


Sara Domjanić started playing the violin at the age of just four and won her first competition when she was five. By the age of eleven she had already successfully auditioned for the University of Arts in Berlin and at thirteen made her debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. Sara is currently studying at the “Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.

Since 2011, the young violinist has received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, where she participates in the intensive music weeks, and is a member of the “ENSEMBLE ESPERANZA”.

Sara is a multiple winner of state competitions in Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. She also received the prestigious “Podium-Preis” in Liechtenstein and as part of the “Ingenium Musicum”trio (including her brother Andreas on the piano and Kian Soltani on the cello), won first prize at the “Kiwanis Chamber Music Competition” in Switzerland.

Sara has performed with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Belarusian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Franz-Schmidt-Chamber-Orchestra in Vienna, the Gnessin Orchestra Moscow, the Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Julius-Stern-Institute in Berlin and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also been a much sought-after performer at festivals, including the Epidaurus Festival in Croatia, the Music Festival in the Sultanate of Oman, the Kissinger Summer in Germany, the “FESTIVAL NEXT GENERATION” Bad Ragaz in Switzerland and the “Festival Kammermusik Bodensee” at Lake Constance. Sara is Artistic Director of Festival OLIVE Classic on the Island of Pag.

She plays a Stephan von Baehr “Antonio Stradivari – Golden Period” violin, which was made in 2014.

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Hailed by the London Times as a “pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle”, Tanya Gabrielian has captivated audiences worldwide with her gripping performances. She has performed on four continents in acclaimed venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tanya shot onto the international stage at the age of twenty with back-to-back victories in the Scottish International Piano Competition and Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition. Since then, performance engagements have included Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Edinburgh International Festival, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, an eleven-city tour of China, and a return recital engagement at Wigmore Hall in London. Tanya’s Southbank debut recital in London, presented by the Philharmonia Orchestra, was chosen as “Performance of the Year” by Seen and Heard International. Her Wigmore Hall debut was reviewed as “revelatory, an astounding achievement by any standards, and one I cannot imagine being bettered…”. Tanya’s latest recording, Remix: Bach Transcriptions, was released on MSR Classics and was selected as Album of the Week by radio stations in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She has also been featured on the cover of the magazine Clavier.

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  • Violin Sonata, L. 140, by Claude Debussy
    Allegro vivo
    Intermède: fantasque et léger
    Finale: très animé