Masterclasses with Vardan Ovsepian

The Helpmann Academy is delighted to present these very special opportunities to participate in Masterclasses with a world-renowned composer.

These Masterclasses are an exceptional opportunity for emerging musicians to learn from, and be inspired by one of the world’s most recognised and celebrated composers. Vardan Ovsepian will share invaluable knowledge and practical experience, providing significant learning opportunities for musicians wanting to develop and grow their practice.

Vardan will present combinations of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures in a way that facilitates an understanding of how these relative structures evolve into improvisation and composition. This will open students to their own ways of working with and choosing among the full selection of possibilities in their practice, composing, arranging, and performing.

Vardan Ovsepian’s own extensive studies include Yerevan State Conservatory, Estonian Music Academy, Helsinki Jazz Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music. Vardan performs solo as well as with artists such as Mick Goodrick, Peter Erskine, Jerry Bergonzi, and David Binney.

In addition to teaching at The Musical Suite in Newburyport, Massachusetts, Vardan has performed and taught masterclasses at many of the world’s finest institutions, including Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Alaska), Maine Jazz Camp, Towson University (Maryland), Bucknell University (Pennsylvania), Estonian Music Academy, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (Chennai, India), Beijing Contemporary Music Academy, CalArts (California), and Berklee College of Music (Massachusetts).

Complementing his performance and teaching career, Vardan has also released 5 recordings as a solo artist, as well as several duo/trio albums. His recent awards and publications include First Prize at the Achava Jazz Award (Germany, 2017), Chamber Music America Grant for New Jazz Works program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York, 2017), and a release of Peter Erskine New Trio album “In Praise of Shadows”

These are unique opportunities to gain insight and inspiration from an artist whose diverse skill and experience will present new and exciting possibilities for the burgeoning careers of current students, recent graduates and emerging musicians.

Vardan Ovsepian is a participant in the 2018 Prelude Composer Residency Program, supported by the Bundanon Trust, the National Trust of South Australia, Arts South Australia and Helpmann Academy.

The Helpmann Academy Cultivate Masterclass series is proudly supported by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.


WHEN: Monday 12 November 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Beaumont House, 631 Glynburn Road, Beaumont

COST: $10 + bf

With local musician Logan Watt

Pianists only are welcome to attend, bookings essential.




WHEN: Monday 10 December 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Beaumont House, 631 Glynburn Road, Beaumont

COST: $10 + bf

All musicians are welcome to attend, bookings essential.
Please do not bring your instrument.