Sami Merdinian, Violinist
Hailed by La Nacion for his “beautiful sound and exquisite musicality”, Argentinian violinist Sami Merdinian was named Outstanding Artist of the Year by the Argentinian Press. As a soloist, Sami has recently appeared with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinian National Symphony, The Gagneung Philharmonic in South Korea, Philharmonia of the Nations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, and number of the orchestras in the USA. As recitalist and chamber musician he has performed at Spoleto Festival in Italy, Chuncheon Festival in South Korea, Ravinia, Aspen, and iPalpiti festivals in the US, and as a member of the string quintet Sybarite5, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, and toured throughout United States, Canada, Asia and South America.
A prize winner in several international competitions including a Gold Medal in the XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition in Argentina, the European Radio New Talent Competition in Slovakia, First Prize and Gold Medal at the New England International Chamber Music Competition in Boston, he has been featured on WQXR in New York, “Spiegenzall” live from the Concertgebouw, America’s NPR, and the BBC. Together with a fellow iPalpitian cellist Yves Dharamraj and his sister, soprano Solange Merdinian, he founded NEW DOCTA international music festival in Cordoba Argentina, now in its 6th season. Also highly sought-after as tango violinist, Mr. Merdinian has received a Grammy Nomination for “Masters of the Bandoneon” for Best Tango Album. Graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale University, Sami studied with Dorothy Delay and Peter Oundijan. iPalpiti artist since 2009.