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Pianist Program

Solo pianists from the Pianist Program under the direction of Sarkis Baltaian have worked in piano master classes with nationally and internationally renowned educators and concert pianists, which have included Ingrid Fliter, Thomas J. Lymenstull, An Perry, Susan Svrcek, Christopher O’Riley, and Bill Cunliffe.

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian
Coordinator, Pianist Program

Currently Teaches:

  • Pianist Program

Degrees and Studies:

  • Studied with Rositza Ivancheva at the “Dobrin Petkov” Music High School for gifted students in Bulgaria
  • Bachelor's degree in music, USC
  • Master's degree in music, USC
  • Doctorate in musical arts, USC

Teaching Experience:

  • Teaching assistant, Professor John Perry, USC
  • Faculty, CSULA
  • Faculty, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Pan Pacific Music Festival in Sydney, Australia
  • Mammoth Lakes Music Festival
  • Chamber Music Coach, Junior Chamger Music Series in Los Angeles
  • Adjudicator, Music Teachers National Association, Music Teachers Association of California, Junior Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival

Professional Experience:

  • Carnegie Hall debut, 1999
  • Recitalist/concert soloist with major orchestras throughout United States, Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Aspen International Music Festival
  • Holland Music Sessions
  • Pan Pacific Music Festival
  • International Chamber Music Festival
  • Live concerts and interviews: NBC, NPR, KUSC-Los Angeles, K-Mozart, WMFT, Chicago, Bulgarian National Radio and TV, Classic FM-Bulgaria


  • Top prize winner, national and international competitions


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