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Montreal-based Armenian pianist Patil Harboyan leads a versatile musical career as a performer, chamber musician and teacher.

Recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts grants (2007 and 2008) and a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2010), Patil Harboyan was awarded first prizes at the Margo Babikian Piano competition, the Armenian Allied Arts Association and also won recognition at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival in California. She was supported by scholarships from the Fondation de soutien aux arts de Laval for three consecutive years, between 2006 and 2009. In 2004, she won first prize at the Trois-Rivières Symphony Competition, along with the Radio-Canada Prize. Her recital at the Chapelle historique de Bon Pasteur was recorded and broadcast by Radio-Canada. In 2006, she appeared as a soloist with the Quebec-based Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Harboyan attended the prestigious R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and was a recipient of a Philiban Scholarship. She holds a BMUS and MMUS in performance from McGill University, and a D.E.S.S. from the University of Montreal. Patil recently earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Stonybrook University, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish on a full scholarship. Her previous teachers include Victor Bunin, Eugene Plawutsky, Richard Raymond, Marc Durand and Jean Saulnier. Ms. Harboyan has also had masterclasses with internationally acclaimed pedagogues and musicians such as Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurr, André Laplante, Marco Tezza, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Boris Berman, John Perry and Anton Kuerti.

Patil Harboyan has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout North America. An avid chamber musician, she has had extensive coachings with members of the Emerson Quartet, Colin Carr, Ani Kavafian, Antonio Lysy and Pamela Frank. She regularly collaborates with Heather Tuach, cellist of the Fitzwilliam Quartet. In 2010, she was invited to perform with the Fibonacci Trio in Montreal. Ms. Harboyan is also a founding member of the Ararat Trio, which had its debut appearance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, in 2007.

Parallel to her performing career, Patil is also an active pedagogue. She teaches in her private studio and is on the Piano Faculty at the Schulich School of Music (McGill University). Her recent recording “Music from Armenia” (Divine Art Records) with cellist Heather Tuach has been featured in various classical music magazines including Fanfare. It was described in Gramophone as a “delightful disc of discoveries”. Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include performances at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal), Glendale Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles) and Carnegie Hall (New York).