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Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist/composer and a Fresh Sound New Talent recording artist. Born in 1975, Vardan started playing piano at the age of five. After completing his basic piano training, he went on to study at the Melikyan Music College, majoring in Music Theory, and in 1992, entered the Yerevan State Conservatory majoring in Classical Composition. Inspired by the music of Chopin, Liszt, Bach and solo piano works of Keith Jarrett, Vardan strived to compose and perform solo piano music. In 1994, he was presented an opportunity to focus on his piano work when he was accepted to the Estonian Music Academy to study Contemporary Composition.

In 1995, following his strong interest and passion for jazz and improvised music Vardan moved to Finland, to attend the Helsinki Jazz Conservatory. There, he met and studied with Frank Carlberg, the First Prize winner of the Hennessey Jazz Search, who opened a new world of jazz for him and brought him one step closer to achieving his dream of coming to the United States. A couple of years later, this dream was fulfilled - Vardan was awarded a scholarship to study piano performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Since graduating from Berklee in May 2000, Vardan has been teaching at The Musical Suite in Newburyport, MA, and performing solo as well as in groups with artist like Frank Carlberg, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Tony Malaby, Tim Miller, Bob Weiner, and others. Over the last few years, Vardan has won great popularity in Maine where he has taught master classes at the Maine Jazz Camp.

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