Ara Vartoukian, Artistic Assessment Panel

Ara has spent over 25 years running his business Theme & Variations Piano Services.

Prior to forming Theme & Variations, Ara was lecturer in charge at the School of Piano Tuning & Technology at Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1982 and 1985 and has also participated in piano technology conventions across Australia and New Zealand. Ara has vast experience in piano technology having studied with many piano manufacturing companies around the world including Steinway, Yamaha, Ibach, Grotrian Steinwge, Bosendorfer, Bechstein and Young Chang.

As well as taking care of pianos across many private homes, educational institutions and performance venues around Sydney, Ara has a keen interest in racecar driving and hopes one day to attend the Grand Prix in Monaco.