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Meet Featured Artist Ani Powell

Our own Principal Pianist Ani Powell takes on Norway’s most ginormous composer’s colossal piano concerto November 16 at GIANTS.

Armenian-born American pianist, Ani Powell, was born in 1988. She began her studies at the age of 6 at Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan, Armenia. She received accolades for performance and composition under the supervision of pianist Jemma Surenovna and famous Armenian composer Vartan Adjemian. In 2001, Ani moved to the United States with her family and continued her studies in Colorado. She was accepted at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music as a Daniel L. Ritchie endowed full scholarship student in 2006.

While completing her undergraduate studies, Ani served as the principal pianist for the Denver Chorale and taught at a number of music studios. She also collaborated in premiering works by composers Chip Clark and Daniel Brito, and was a laureate of competitions in Colorado and New York. While attending the International Keyboard Institute and festival in New York in 2011, Ani met pianist and conductor Eduard Zilberkant. Ani continued her studies under his tutelage at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and discovered a fresh and profound connection to orchestral repertoire.

After completing her Master’s Degree, Ani returned to Colorado in 2014, and not long after became the principal pianist with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.
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