Alisa started to play piano at the age of 5, studying at the Tchaikovsky Music School for talented children. At the age of 10 she was awarded with a Grand-Prix in the Juniors Assembly of the Arts composers competition in Moscow, Russia. During the following years Alisa has received a First Prize and a Gold Medal at the Amadeus Belgian-Armenian competition, as well as a Third Prize at the Benjamen Britten competition. As a promising young musician Alisa is also a recepient of a Special Prize from The Moscow News newspaper and a Fellowship from The Arno Babajanian Foundation.
Alisa has more than 10 years of experience teaching Piano, Composition, Music Theory and History. Upon graduation she taught History and Theory of Piano Performance at the Yerevan State Conservatory of Music, as well as worked as a Music Educator and Piano Instructor at the Quality Schools International. After relocating to the US Alisa began to work as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Piano Instructor at the Music and Arts in Redmond, WA.
Alisa Sargsyan is an award-winning composer, pianist and music educator currently based in Seattle, Washington, USA.
University of Washington alumna, Alisa holds a Master of Music degree in Composition, a Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance from the Yerevan State Conservatory of Music and a D.M.A. from the Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Alisa has been constantly active as a pianist, accompanist, musicologist and composer. Her compositions have been performed in the USA, UK, Finland, Netherlands, Russia, Armenia and Georgia.
An experienced chamber musician, Alisa Sargsyan started the GALA Violin and Piano Duo, along with violinist Gayane Grigoryan, performing both classical and contemporary music for audiences around the world.
GALA Duo's first CD "ARMENIA! Timeless Musical Journey" has been released in 2014 and is available to purchase on-line.