"Ses gestes, sa position de main, sa souplesse de bras, Karine joue loin dans le clavier et a un son très rond, si chaleureux ; et une maturité étonnante.
Dans sa sonate de Prokofiev, qu'elle avoue être l'un de ses composites préférés, elle arrive à obtenir une palette de timbres très diversifiée. Le public ne s'y trompe pas : les applaudissements sont à la hauteur de la qualité de cette musicienne. Son professeur Jeremy Menuhin, ou Madame Lethiec, directrice de l'Académie, s'accordent à dire que Karine est une pianiste largement prometteuse."
"Karine is the pianist with big power and poetry"
Prof. James Tocco
"[Karine's] logical integrity of phrasing was brought to the audience's attention with a degree of elegance particularly well suited to Romantic music."
Karine Gilanyan was born into a family of musicians (in Yerevan, Armenia). From 1987 to 1998 she studied at the music school for gifted children named after P.Tchaikovsky, Yerevan, which she
graduated with honors. The same year she entered Yerevan State Conservatory to study with Prof. Igor Yavryan. Karine Gilanyan received master's degree with honors and was recommended by the
Commission of the Poste-Graduate course as Piano Soloist, where she received her diploma in 2005. In 2004, the young pianist began her studies at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, with Prof. James
Tocco and Prof. Jacob Leuschner. There she was awarded the DAAD scholarschip.
During her studies Karine took part in several master classes Prof. Mattias Weber, Prof. Volker Banfield, Jeremy Menuhin, Ilana Vered, Eitan Globerson, Michael Lewin; Chamber Music - Prof. Maria Egelhof, Prof. Rainer Moog, Marie Hallyng, Prof. Gustav Rivinius; accompaniment – Prof. Wolfram Rieger and Prof. Inge-Susanne Röhmhild.
In 1995 Karine got a Diploma at the "Amadeus" National Competition for Young Talents and in 2010 she received a Diploma in the "Chopin Roma" International Competition in Rome, Italy. She has performed at festivals such as "Sommercampus Rostock" (Germany), "Pablo Casals Festival" (Prades, France), "Music Fest Perugia" (Italy), "Modern Music Festival" (Yerevan, Armenia), "Monbijou Festival" ( Berlin, Germany).
The range of styles she plays is very large, from Bach to Ligeti, composers of Classic, Romantics and Impressionists. In Armenia Karine premieres several works of Alfred Schnittke, Görgy Ligeti as well as modern Armenian composers in Europe. She appeared as a soloist and chamber music member in various cities of Armenia, Hungary, Italy, France and Germany. She performed in such a concert halls like Berliner Philharmonie und Konzerthaus Berlin. She played also as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra "Solisti di Perugia" and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia.
Since 2011 she is docent at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin and since 2012 in the Internationale Musikakademie zur Förderung Hochbegabte in Deutschland.
In 2012 she got "Komitas Medal" from Armenian Government for promotion of Armenian music.