Sarkis Zakarian was born in Bulgaria to Armenian parents
Aged 14, he moved to England to attend the Purcell School of Music. He then attended the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Patsy Toh and visiting professors Maria Curcio and Dominique Merlet. He graduated with First Class Honours and followed by a Distinction in Master of Music. In 2004 he was invited to attend the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where he worked with Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Fou T'song, Dmitri Bashkirov and Charles Rosen.
Sarkis Zakarian has achieved success in a variety of prestigious international piano competitions including the Dudley Piano Competition, Bromsgrove International Artists Competition and the Amy Brant Piano Competition. He has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. More recently, he gave solo and chamber music performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared as solo artist in international festivals such as Festival der Kunste in Berlin, Varna Summer International Music Festival and European Music Festival in Sofia. Among his chamber music engagements are performances with the Chilingirian String Quartet.
Sarkis is also highly committed to bringing on young pianists. He began his Royal Academy of Music teaching career in 2016. For many years he has also been a visiting teacher at University College School in North London and at Durston House School in Ealing.