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Vache Mankinian, D.M.A.

Vatché Mankerian has actively contributed to the cultural life of Los Angeles for more than three decades. A multi-faceted artist, Mankerian distinguishes himself as a pianist, composer, conductor, author, lecturer, and teacher. 
Mankerian’s performances have received enthusiastic reviews from the press. A winner of several international piano competitions, Mankerian has performed in major cities on four continents, and has frequently appeared as a soloist with orchestras, including his acclaimed performance with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan. 

A dedicated champion of Armenian music, Mankerian regularly performs piano music by Armenian composers. He gave an unprecedented performance of the complete piano music of Arno Babajanian in his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. A featured artist at the Spirit of Armenia concert at the Hollywood Bowl, he performed Chopin's music in the Warner Brothers production of NBC pilot Witches of Eastwick and was one of the Rhapsody in Blue pianists at the Olympics opening ceremony in 1984 in Los Angeles. Mankerian holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with minors in electro-acoustic media, composition and music education from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

Mankerian has authored three volumes of books titled Armenian Culture. Given their conceptual uniqueness and originality of content, they have been adopted by several Armenian schools in the Diaspora. As an active composer, Mankerian has written pieces for the piano, chamber ensembles and incidental music for theatrical productions and cinema. Mankerian has been invited to Japan several times by the Piano Teachers’ Music Guild in Tokyo, where he has presented master classes and lecture-recitals. A member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Mankerian is on the faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, where he teaches piano, chamber music, composition and music history courses.