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"Passionate, evocative and virtuosic"

Guitar International Magazine


Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances Armenian-American guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed with the Juilliard Opera Center and as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at International Guitar Festivals in Sweden, Italy, Panama, Canada, and Mexico. She has been featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with a musicality and emotional quality . . . that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind. Not only is she able to draw you into her performances with engaging musical interpretations, but she has the technical facility that is required of any concert-level guitarist.” Her playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”


In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She maintains a private studio in New York City and frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops during her concert travels.  Ms. Vardanyan is the author of four books from Mel Bay Publication and has an extensive list of instructional guitar videos on both her own and the Strings by Mail channels on YouTube. 


Ms. Vardanyan began studying the guitar in her native Armenia at the age of five under the careful guidance of her father, Vardan Vardanyan. At the age of eight, she gave her first public performance and also appeared on Armenian National Television. She was the first prize winner in the Armenian National Music Contest “Amadeus” and was accepted into the prestigious group, “New Names,” for talented young musicians. She performed in numerous concert venues in Armenia, including Komitas Chamber Music Hall and the Small Philharmonic Hall. She went on to study with Antigoni Goni at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. In 2001, Ms. Vardanyan studied with John Wunsch at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She was awarded the Young Artist’s Certificate from Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Harold Randolph Prize in performance from the Peabody Conservatory.


Ms. Vardanyan holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Sharon Isbin and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.


Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by 


Guitar: 2012 Jean Rompré




Private Lessons

Gohar is available for private classical guitar lessons in New York City. For those unable to travel to NYC, lessons are also available via Skype/FaceTime/Zoom. Students of all levels are welcome. 

*For online lessons, please make sure you have adequate internet connection for video calling.  


Lessons will be personalized for each student, taking into consideration their level, experience, and overall goals. Exercises, studies, and repertoire will be assigned from different sources based on each student's needs and abilities. Close attention will be paid to correct technical development, sound, and musicality. 


Gohar has over 15 years of experience teaching private lessons, master classes, and technique workshops all around the United States and abroad.


You can find a sample of her teaching on her YouTube channel. Gohar is also an author of 4 instructional books for Mel Bay Publications.


If you are interested in taking lessons with Gohar, feel free to contact her through the Contact form below or email her at gohar [at] 


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