Born in Beirut, Lebanon to a family of Armenian descent, Kouyoumdjian started playing the piano at the age of 4 and began his studies at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna when he was 12 years old. At the mdw, he studied with D. Weber, N. Flores, A. Jenner and G. Ebert, following which he engaged in postgraduate study with D. Iliev, St. Neuhaus and A. Kezeradze.
Kouyoumdjian’s career as a performer, professor, director, and administrator is marked by a long list of music-realted accomplishments since he won first prize at the Sixth International Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1981. Since the summer of 2004, Kouyomdjian has served as artistic director of the “Piano à St-Ursanne” festival in Switzerland. He teaches at the Académie musicale de Villecroze in 2013 and 2016.
The Music Academy of Villecroze values musical patronage and supports young musicians through its master class program which includes free room and board. The only cost to participants is for transport by rail to Les Arcs-Draguignan or by plane to Nice-Côte d’Azur airport, from which we provide free shuttle service to Villecroze.