Hailed for his “beautiful sound and exquisite musicality” (La Nación Newspaper), Argentinian violinist Sami Merdinian has received worldwide recognition for his outstanding performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Merdinian has appeared as a soloist with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinian National Symphony, The Charlemagne Orchestre, the Gagneung Philharmonic in South Korea, Philharmonia of the Nations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Rochester and South Carolina Philharmonics, and the Midland and Duluth Symphonies.
Mr. Merdinian has appeared in the prestigious Concerti di Mezzogiorno at Spoleto Festival in Italy, NY in Chuncheon Festival in South Korea, Ravinia, Aspen, Great Lakes and I Palpiti festivals in the US, and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Seoul Arts Center, among others.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Merdinian received the First Prize and Gold Medal at the New England International Chamber Music Competition in Boston, and the First Prize at the Victor Elmaleh Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York. Mr. Merdinian is one of the violinists of the string quintet Sybarite5, with whom he has performed recently at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, Apple Store, and toured throughout United States, Canada, Asia and South America. Mr. Merdinian has given recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, the Lebanon, Australia and Asia.
Mr. Merdinian has been a prize winner in several international competitions including a Gold Medal in the XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition in Argentina, and the New Talent Competition in Slovakia organized by the European Radio. 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.
Also highly sought-after as tango violinist, Mr. Merdinian has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent artists of the genre and 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, Green Parrot Records and Bright Shiny Things.
In 2016, Mr. Merdinian was named Honorary Ambassador for the South Korean’s city of Chuncheon, for promoting and supporting national and international activities in the fields of policy, tourism, culture, and art.
Mr. Merdinian is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the New Docta International Music Festival.