Arshak Andriasov

Composer/Pianist/Founder & Owner of IMMA Records/Piano Teacher

Biography

          New York-born composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, Arshak Andriasov has been surrounded by music all of his life. His penchant for music can be traced back to his family. His father, Iosif Andriasov, was a world-renowned composer & philosopher of Armenian heritage, born in Moscow, U.S.S.R. His mother, Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova), is a musicologist, Dozent of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, owner of IMMA Publishing Co., of Russian heritage, born in Moscow, U.S.S.R.

          From the age of fourteen, Arshak Andriasov studied composition with his father, as well as Daniel Thompson (Lucy Moses School of Music) and later graduated Hunter College, where he studied with Professor Shafer Mahoney. Mr. Andriasov has composed two Piano Sonatas; “Torch, No. 1” for solo trumpet, trombone, piano, string orchestra; a Ballet; Brass Trio for Piccolo Trumpet, French Horn, and Trombone. Arshak Andriasov’s works have been performed in numerous countries throughout the world, including Austria, Russia, United States, and Japan. His music draws on a vast array of musical resources, ranging from Armenian folk music to Russian classical music, with certain elements of American jazz, while using means of contemporary language to create a complex system of juxtaposition.

          Playing the piano since the age of three, Arshak Andriasov was accepted to the Lucy Moses School of Music when he was six, studying piano with Boris Slutzky. During that period, Arshak performed in numerous school recitals and was invited to appear outside the school in special concerts for seniors and service organizations. He has performed concerts at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Abraham Goodman House, Steinway Hall, Salvation Army, and Lang Recital Hall in New York City. Arshak Andriasov regularly performs a series of concerts dedicated to “Father and Son Composers, Iosif Andriasov and Arshak Andriasov,” together with performers Victor Romasevich, violinist from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Anatole Wieck, violist and music professor at the University of Maine. 

          Mr. Andriasov gave a recital at the Special Gala Celebration dedicated to the opening of the new Quarters of the St. Sergius Academy on the Upper East Side in New York City. The concert was broadcast by American and Russian television. There were greetings and congratulations from Mayor R. Giuliani, Senator A. D’Amato and Senator P. Moynihan, and the Russian Newspaper “Novoye Russkoye Slovo” wrote an article about his performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s various preludes. In 1995, Arshak performed his own composition at “Amerathon,” a festival of American Music, “From Charles Ives, through Aaron Copland, to Present” at the Merkin Concert Hall. After graduating from the Lucy Moses School of Music, Arshak was later accepted to the Evening Division Program for Piano in The Juilliard Music School. During that period, Arshak performed many concerts, music ranging from J.S. Bach to his own compositions.

          Arshak Andriasov has conducted his father’s compositions with the San Francisco Student Philharmonic in 2003, which included the “Musical Sketch” for Flute and String Orchestra, performed by the world famous flautist Paul Renzi, who was then principal flautist of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. Arshak Andriasov has taught piano privately since the age of seventeen and at the Great Neck Arts Center and Joe’s Music Studio in New York. He has also been a piano accompanist for various ballet schools, including Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City.

          Arshak Andriasov is the founder and owner of IMMA Records, a recording company. In 2003, Arshak released a CD of Iosif Andriasov’s “Five Orchestral Compositions” and in 2010 released Iosif Andriasov's "Chamber Music Compositions" CD. 

          Arshak is continuing the Moscow Conservatory Composers tradition, stemming from P.I. Tchaikovsky – S.I. Taneev – N.Y. Miaskvosky – E.K. Golubev – Iosif Andriasov.