VARTY MANOUELIAN made her American debut in 1993 with the North Carolina Symphony as First Prize winner of the Bryan International Competition. She has also been a prizewinner at a number of competitions in Europe, including the Kotzian International Competition in Czechoslovakia and the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland.
Manouelian has recorded and appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the U.S., Bulgaria, Russia, Armenia, Poland, Spain, and Italy. Her chamber-music performances include participation at the Marlboro Music Festival, Apple Hill Festival, Sebago Festival, El Paso Festival, and the Olympic Music Festival, among others. She has collaborated as a chamber musician with Joshua Bell, Yuja Wang, Kim Kashkashian, Rohan de Saram, Garrick Ohlsson, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Adès, and members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Borromeo, and Mendelssohn string quartets.
A dedicated teacher and educator, Varty Manouelian is a Lecturer of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, teaches violin and chamber music at the Colburn Academy and CSPA, and spends summers coaching chamber music festivals. In Los Angeles, she frequently performs on the Green Umbrella series, as well as at Camerata Pacifica, Monday Evening Concerts, and the Dilijan Chamber Music Series. Her discography includes archival radio recordings for the Bulgarian State Radio, and CDs on Albany and Bridge Records labels. Varty Manouelian holds degrees from the State Music Academy in Bulgaria and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Boyan Letchev and Donald Weilerstein. She is a pathetic gardener but enjoys roasting coffee to perfection and reading chamber music with her husband and three kids.