Past Event


January 18, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:55 PM
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Wednesday, January 18. 2017
12-1pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

 Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in a noontime recital series.


Beethoven Rondo Op 51 No 1 in C Major 
Bach Prelude and Fugue in c sharp minor, Book II of WTC 
Chopin Etude in F major Opus 10 No 8
Schubert Impromptus No. 1 and 3 from his Four Impromptus Opus 90 
Rachmaninoff Etude Tableaux Op 39 No 1 
Ravel Ondine from Gaspard 



Praised as a “[musically] eloquent” (San Francisco Classical Voice) player “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength…that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” and a “bewitching musical presence” (The Piedmont Post), 21-year-old pianist and composer Audrey Vardanega was born and raised in Oakland, California and began her piano studies at the age of six with Araks Aghazarian. Vardanega began formal piano training with acclaimed pianist Robert Schwartz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2002 to 2013 as well as formal composition training with Arkadi Serper at the Berkeley Crowden School from 2004 to 2013. Her past teachers include Seymour Lipkin of the Juilliard School of Music, Jeremy Siepmann, and Christopher Elton of the Royal Academy in London. She currently studies with Victor Rosenbaum in New York City.

Vardanega made her debut as the youngest soloist in the history of the Midsummer Mozart Festival under the baton of George Cleve in the summer of 2010. Vardanega made her solo recital debut at the age of 12 with IMG Artists’ 2008 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley—since then, she has performed in numerous solo and chamber recitals with San Francisco Old First Concerts, the Piedmont Piano Company, St. Paul Towers, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Crowden School. From 2010-2013, Vardanega served as the principle pianist at the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and was invited to perform on tour with the orchestra at venues like the Munich Gasteig and the Berlin Philharmonie in Summer 2012. A senior at Columbia University in the City of New York, Vardanega is majoring in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and is currently writing her Thesis on the Transnational Politics of Piano Performances by Chinese subjects.

All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.