Albina Asryan, a native of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (southern region of the former Soviet Union), started her musical education at the age of 7, and completed her training, studying under the incredible pianist, teacher and mentor Alexander Starikov, at the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan. As an honor student, she graduated with the qualifications of piano instructor, piano soloist, chamber music performer and collaborative pianist.
Albina holds a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance, and combined bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance and music education.
Before coming to the United States, Albina had worked for nine years as a faculty member at the Ashgabat State Music College, Turkmen National Conservatory, Turkmen National Specialized Music School, and also, at the Gavar Music College in Armenia. During that time, she had taught such disciplines as applied piano, chamber ensemble, and piano history to undergraduate and graduate students. She also served as staff accompanist for the Department of String Instruments. A winner of national and regional competitions, both as a soloist and collaborative pianist, Albina has performed in Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and later in the United States (Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Las Vegas and Reno).
At the age of 31, as a new immigrant, while studying English language at Los Angeles Valley Community College in Los Angeles, Albina discovered in herself a new talent as she became a self-taught ballet accompanist working in Los Angeles in this field for five years. The next 11 years spent in Las Vegas, she worked as a private piano teacher, accompanist at the Nevada School of the Arts, and collaborative pianist for the Dance Department, UNLV. Ballet world became quite an inspiration for the next several years. Albina also contributed in summer programs with the Dance Educators of America, and in a musical theatre production with Vincent Hicks. Her experience and expertise in the art of movement were deepened by working with guest artists such as Christopher Fleming, Ernesta Corvino, James Jeun, Carol Sampson, Howard W. Lark, Marcus Bugler, Don Bellamy, Donald Williams and many others.
Working in Las Vegas has diversified Albina's collaborative experiences. These included participation in opera productions, orchestral works, choir festivals, conventions, collaboration with string, woodwind, brass musicians, vocalists, choir ensembles in numerous recitals, auditions, competitions, juries, convocations. Albina has accompanied students of all ages, levels, and capacities; university faculty members as well as world-renowned musicians such as Jean Ferrandis, Demarre McGill, Marina Sturm, Gary Malvern, Rebecca Paluzzi and others. As a private piano teacher and member of the Music Teachers National Association, she has prepared students for competitions and festivals, coached students for music theory and piano proficiency tests, accompanied, volunteering also for some of these musical events. For the last two years in Las Vegas, Albina has been a choir accompanist at the Palo Verde High School, and teaching assistant at the Ed. W. Clark High School successfully developing a piano program curriculum there.
Today, a member of the newly established Argentum Chamber Works performing group, Albina is now residing in Reno. Since 2017, she is working both as a collaborative pianist and inspired piano instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno in the music department. She is happy to collaborate with her colleagues and students, and to continue making appearances on stage sharing her gifts.
Albina is the proud mother of a talented dancer and wonderful daughter.
- D.M.A. in Piano Performance, Turkmen National Conservatory
- M.M. in Piano Performance and Music Education, Turkmen National Conservatory
- B.M. in Piano Performance and Music Education, Turkmen National Conservatory