Official TEDx performer/speaker, officially endorsed Yamaha artist, Sako Dermenjian is a classical and contemporary guitarist with Armenian heritage, he was born and raised in Syria and now resides in Sydney, Australia.
Festival appearances include Peak Festival Perisher, Sydney Folk Festival, Armenian Film Festival (Sydney & Melbourne), Melbourne Guitar Festival, Crooked River Wine Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival and more. Other events include Illawarra Hawks (NBA) matches, WIN Stadium New Year’s Eve Event in 2017 and private events such as City of Sydney and Wollongong Australia Day Celebrations and private functions for the NSW Premier.
Sako also performs regularly at Foundry 616, Vanguard, Camelot Lounge, Merrigong Theatre and more. He has also made appearances on Fine Music FM, SBS Radio, ABC Sydney, and ABC Illawarra.
Sako Dermenjian is a High Distinction Graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he read for a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in Classical Guitar. He currently undertakes postgraduate study on full merit scholarship at the same institution.
He has studied with Russian virtuoso Dr. Vladimir Gorbach and has received numerous masterclasses from industry professionals such as Denis Azabagić, Lorenzo Micheli and many more. In 2018, Sako won the Sydney Eisteddfod Guitar Prize. The following year he was runner-up in the Fine Music FM Sydney Young Virtuoso Award and a finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Dr’s Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship.
Sako plays a range of Yamaha guitars and a Jayson Elazzi Cedar top classical guitar.