Pierre Petit wrote in Le Figaro : “At the age of thirteen, Diana Gabrielyan shows overwhelming presence, passion and sense of style”. Born in Yerevan, Armenia, at the age of five Diana began her musical studies with her mother, a violinist, studying both the piano and the violin, and soon made her first public appearance. In Yerevan, she studied at the “Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children”. She gave her first solo recital in the Aram Khachaturian House-Museum at the age of nine. At ten, she was awarded the third prize in the first "Classica Nova" International Music Competition in Hanover, Germany, and, after that, the second prize at the VII International Piano Competition "Ciutat de Carlet" in Valencia, Spain, and the first prize at the “Gramsci International Piano Competition” in Cagliari, Italy. She also won concerts in Paris as a special prize for the best performance of the imposed piece.
She has lived in Italy since 1998. She graduated with distinction from the S. Cecilia Conservatory, Rome, receiving a special prize for the best degree in Rome in 2005. She later received her second level degree in piano and chamber music with full marks and honours from the S. Cecilia Conservatory. She has won many national and international competitions, including, in addition to those already mentioned, the first prize at the “International Young Talents Competition”, the first prize at the XV International Competition ‘Città di Barletta’, the tenth edition of the Music Award Rotary Club, Rome, the ‘Albert Roussel’ award for the best performance of piece by A. Roussel at the XVIII Piano Competition ‘Rome 2008’, the ‘Rovere d’Oro’ Award in 2008, the ‘G. Rospigliosi’ Award in 2009 and many others.
She performs extensively, participating in various festivals and playing in many venues, such as the Rome Opera House, the Theatre of Marcellus, the Baldini Concert Hall, the Angelica Library, the ‘Due Pini’ Auditorium and the lecture hall of the Sapienza University in Rome, the Talia Theatre in Tagliacozzo, the Malibran Theatre in Venice, the Siotto Concert Hall in Cagliari, the Maisnon de l’Italie, the Unesco Salle de Cinema, the Citè des Arts in Paris, etc. On the occasion of the jubilee year 2000, she has given several concerts, including one at Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome, broadcast on Vatican Radio.
In 2005, celebrating both the exhibition of St. Gregory the Illuminator statue at the Vatican and the 700th anniversary of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, she performed in the Basilica of Saint Nicolas of Tolentino and was awarded a medal by S. B. Nerses Bedros XIX, patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church of Cilicia. In 2010, during the program ‘Diapason’ on Vatican Radio, one of her recordings of Schumann and Stravinsky was aired.
Since 2010 she has been studying at the prestigious International Piano Academy in Imola, under the supervision of M° Boris Petrushansky.