Gohar Vardanyan walked into World History with Mr. McCall for her first day of classes at Interlochen Arts Academy. The TV was on, and horrible images were on the screen.
It was September 11, 2001.
Vardanyan had just come to northern Michigan from New York City. Her family was still there. It was a terrible time, she says, but the support she got at Interlochen helped her through it.
She thrived at Interlochen, squeezing four years of high school into just three years. After she graduated, she attended Peabody and Juilliard, studying classical guitar with greats including Sharon Isbin and Manuel Barrueco.
On this edition of the Interlochen Collection, we talk with Vardanyan about her time as a student at Interlochen and her current role as a teacher and performer.
The program includes excerpts from her senior recital as well as from her recent professional commercial albums.
All music is performed by Gohar Vardanyan
Dionisio Aguado, Introduction and Rondo (2004)
Joaquin Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez; with pianist Susan Snyder (2004)
Agustin Barrios, Un sueño en la floresta (2011 IPR Studio A recording)
Joaquin Turina, Sonata for Guitar (2014 album)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Sarabande from Lute suite no. 3, BWV995 (2020 album)
The archival recordings heard on this program are available thanks in part to the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation grant, support from our listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.
Michael Culler provided audio engineering support.