Live from Hochstein: Richard Strauss, 150th Birthday Tribute

Live from Hochstein: Richard Strauss, 150th Birthday Tribute

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:10pm - 11:00pm

Violinist Tigran Vardanyan

Violinist Tigran Vardanyan and pianist Doleen Hood play lyrical music by Richard Strauss, including his sonata for violin and piano.

WXXI and Hochstein School of Music and Dance present a 150th Birthday Tribute to Richard Strauss with Tigran Vardanyan and Doleen Hood on November 19th at 12:10 p.m. on Classical 91.5, 90.3, and streaming online at

Tigran Vardanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He began his violin studies with his father at the age of six. At a very young age, Vardanyan won First Prize at the 1991 and 1993 Armenian National Competitions; he also won the Gold Medal at the 1992 Amadeus Competition for Young Artists and performed as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Armenian Chamber Orchestra, and the Armenian TV and Radio Orchestra.
In 1994, Vardanyan immigrated to Los Angeles, CA, to study with the renowned Ukrainian violinist, Abram Shtern. In 1996, he moved to Rochester, NY, to study at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Zvi Zeitlin.

Since 1998, Vardanyan has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2000, he was featured as a soloist with the Philharmonic, playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto under the direction of Christopher Seaman. Vardanyan is on the faculty of Nazareth College and Hochstein School of Music, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert venues in the Middle East, Europe, Central America, and North America. He performs on a Francesco Gobetti violin (Venice, ca. 1720). In 2009, Vardanyan became a U.S. citizen. He lives in Rochester with his wife and son.

Doleen Hood Hood obtained her Master of Music in Accompanying from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was an Accompanying Fellow and recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award in Accompanying. She has extensive experience as a collaborative pianist and coach working with the Dale Warland Singers, Annapolis and Baltimore Operas, Heifetz Institute, Paul Hill Chorale and Washington Singers, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Chesapeake Chorale, and studio work at the Eastman School of Music and Peabody Institute. Ms. Hood has been featured performer on recitals and concert series throughout the US and Europe and has held faculty positions at the MacPhail School, Crown College, and Bethel College.

Hosted by Classical 91.5's Mona Seghatoleslami, Live from Hochstein is the longest running live broadcast concert series in Western New York. Broadcast live from the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 North Plymouth Ave. in Rochester), the series presents performances by some of the finest artists from the Rochester area’s musical community. Each of these free “brown bag” concerts runs from 12:10-12:50 p.m., giving downtown business people, teachers, families, students and friends an opportunity to enjoy classical music during their lunch hour.

Live from Hochstein repeats that same day at 10 p.m. on Classical 91.5, 90.3, and streaming online at