Sako Dermenjian – first recipient of the Greta Davis Scholarship

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Sako Dermenjian – first recipient of the Greta Davis Scholarship


December 20, 2021

WollCon’s newest guitar teacher Sako Dermenjian who is currently completing a Master’s degree at the Sydney Conservatorium, has been awarded a new scholarship.

The Greta Davis Equity Scholarship was established in 2021 from a gift provided by Greta Davis, and is designed for students studying performance who would find it challenging to cover their postgraduate fees at the Sydney Conservatorium.

The support comes at a critical time for Sako who has seen most of his professional performances cancelled due to the covid pandemic.

“I am so grateful to Greta for the opportunity. It’s great there are people out there who value music and want to help others tell their stories through music.” Said Sako

Sako is a Yamaha artist, and classical and contemporary guitarist with Armenian heritage, who came to Australia after leaving Syria when he was 17.
He has performed extensively around the country including at TEDxUWollongong, The Peak Festival in Perisher, the Sydney Folk Festival, the Armenian Film Festival (Sydney & Melbourne), and has appeared on Fine Music FM, SBS Radio, ABC Sydney, and ABC Illawarra.

He describes the TEDxUWollongong experience as an incredible opportunity which allowed him to play to a worldwide audience and speak about his experiences leaving Syria.

“Every time I play my guitar it takes me from one reality, into another which shows me that 6 strings really can change the world.”

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