About Gohar Vardanyan
Widely admired for her technique and artistry, Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States and Radio Nacional in Argentina.
In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops during her concert stops. Ms. Vardanyan is an author of four books from Mel Bay Publications with a fifth one of its way.
Gohar Vardanyan - Introduction Lessons
Gohar Vardanyan - Cordoba (I. Albeniz)
Gohar Vardanyan walks through each section of Isaac Albeniz’s “Córdoba” from Chants d'Espagne, originally written for piano. A few of the many musical aspects discussed include using rubato effectively, balancing the melody and accompaniment, and deciding which arrangement to use.
Vardanyan also offers a technical alternative to the rasgueado section in the middle with the use of arpeggios instead.
Gohar Vardanyan - Invocation et danse (J. Rodrigo)
Gohar Vardanyan walks through Invocation et danse by Joaquin Rodrigo and shares insights from the different sections of the piece. The masterclass begins with a brief background on the influence of Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, followed by Vardanyan’s reasons for using the Alirio Diaz arrangement over the Pepe Romero. Throughout the class, Vardanyan offers solutions to both musical and technical difficulties which are numerous in this challenging piece.
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