Composer, pianist, and founder & owner of IMMA Records and The Andriasov Store, Arshak Andriasov represents the new wave of classical composers. His music draws on a vast array of musical resources, ranging from Armenian folk music to Russian classical music, with certain elements of American jazz, while using means of contemporary language to create beautiful music.
Born and raised in New York City, A. Andriasov was blessed to be surrounded by classical music from an early age. His father, Iosif Andriasov, was a world-renowned composer of Armenian heritage, and his mother, Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova), is a musicologist of Russian heritage.
Playing the piano since the age of three, Arshak Andriasov was accepted to the Lucy Moses School of Music, studying with Boris Slutzky. During that period, Andriasov performed in numerous school recitals and was invited to appear outside the school in special concerts for seniors and service organizations. He has performed concerts at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Lang Recital Hall, Paul Hall, and many other venues throughout the United States.
Arshak Andriasov started to compose at the age of fourteen, studying with Iosif Andriasov, Daniel Thompson (Lucy Moses School of Music), and Shafer Mahoney (Hunter College). Andriasov's works have been performed in numerous countries throughout the world, including Austria, Russia, United States, and Japan. His chamber works are regularly premiered by the members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Arshak is continuing the Moscow Conservatory Composers tradition, stemming from P.I. Tchaikovsky - S.I. Taneev - N.Y. Miaskovsky - E.K. Golubev - I. Andriasov.
Mr. Andriasov regularly performs a series of concerts dedicated to Father and Son Composers, Iosif Andriasov and Arshak Andriasov. The Andriasov Festival, which originally started in New York, NY, now includes San Francisco, CA, Orono, ME, Rochester, NY, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Toronto, Canada.
Being the founder and owner of IMMA Records, Arshak Andriasov's original purpose of creating a recording company was to release the archival recordings of Iosif Andriasov. These recordings were brought from the USSR by Iosif Andriasov himself, without anyone's knowledge except for his wife, Marta Andriasova. The copies of these recordings were destroyed by the Soviet government, but luckily Iosif Andriasov was able to save the originals. In August 2012, after the 10 year anniversary of IMMA Records, Arshak Andriasov released a CD of his own compositions.
Arshak Andriasov created The Andriasov Store website to make the incredible information given by Iosif Andriasov and Marta Andriasova easier to navigate.