Marianna was born into a family of musicians in Yerevan/Armenia. After growing up with listening to lots of violin repertoire and being in love with that, it was decided in the family that Marianna should play the piano, in order of accompanying all the violinists of the hourse! The decision was not Marianna’s favorite, but she went with it. A long journey had started, first to get to know that strange, big, black instrument, the repertoire, but mainly also to start liking her new friend. Not easy in the beginning.. Marianna’s first teacher Margarita Hakobian was the master to make the little girl to become best friends with the piano, which was the biggest gift. After long studying/working/searching years in Armenia and in Germany in 2006 the ARD International Piano Competition in Munich kickstarted her international career as soloist and chamber musician. Marianna appeared at some major festivals as the Schwetzinger Festspiele, MDR Music Festival in Germany, Midsummer Music in Iceland or Risør, Stavanger Intenational Chamber Music in Norway , performed with orchestras including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Potsdamer Kammerakademie, the Symphony orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras, with conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Zoltan Kocsis, Antonello Manacorda, Lan Shui, Krystof Urbanski, Joshua Weilerstein. A long term collaborations is something Marianna appreciates a lot, during the season 2013-14 she has held a one year term of residency at the Odense Symphony Orchestra and she is having a residency term of two years, since the beginning of the season 2014 by the Diamant Ensemblein Copenhagen. She has a bright discography, which has always been received with big enthusiasm by the international reviewers and the listeners alike. Since settling in Denmark, Marianna Shirinyan has received numerous awards for her contributions to the cultural life in the country, included the prestigious P2 Artist prize of the Danish Radio. Marianna Shirinyan is a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. She is a Steinway Artist.