Backstage Talks host
Argentinian violinist Sami Merdinian has received worldwide recognition for his outstanding performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Sami has appeared with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinian National Symphony, The Charlemagne Orchestre, The Gagneung Philharmonic in South Korea, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Midland and Duluth Symphonies. Sami is a member of the award-winning string quintet Sybarite5, performing recently at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and Lincoln Center and touring throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and South America. Sybarite5’s album “Outliers” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Music chart.
As a highly sought-after tango violinist, Mr Merdinian has performed and recorded with some of the genre's most prominent artists. He has received a Grammy Nomination for "Masters of the Bandoneon" for Best Tango Album. Mr Merdinian’s discography includes recordings for Universal Records, Canary Classics, CAG Records, Bright Shiny Things and Green Parrot Records.
Mr Merdinian has been a prize winner in several international competitions, including a Gold Medal in Argentina's XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition and the New Talent Competition in Slovakia. He has also received the Rising Star Award by Tiffany & Co., was named Outstanding Artist of the Year by the Argentinian Press, and has been featured on WQXR in New York, “Spiegenzall” live from the Concertgebouw, Argentinian Classical National Station, America’s NPR, South Korean’s KBS and the BBC.
Mr Merdinian is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New Docta Festival in Argentina. He has led masterclasses around the USA, South America and Asia and lectures about music and entrepreneurship in universities such as Penn State, Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory and The New School. In addition, Mr Merdinian is also the producer and co-host of Down the Pit Podcast.