My unique story is that I wanted to be a conductor and I didn’t let money or other factors get in the way. There are many people who started orchestras but not many who started at $0. I asked for help when I needed it and kept trying. Played in venues that either welcomed me for free or for a minimal fee which was then paid for by a patron or supporter of my work. Don’t be afraid to ask.
HOW DOES YOUR MUSIC CAREER USE YOUR SKILLS AND TALENTS AND WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
When working on a project, I keep in mind the community and the youth. Those are essential for the growth of our field. We can’t forget about the 90%+ of the world that does not listen to classical music and doesn’t even know what it is. At the ground level, it starts with education and it is not at the level it should be. Arts are an important part of growth for any young person but for some reason that has not translated well in schools and governments. More than ever we have to use the funds to educate. Professional orchestras should be contributing to education and constantly look at the community they serve to know what they should be serving. Blindingly serving will not work in the 21st century.
AT WHAT AGE DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?
I started formal music lessons at 9 years old in Yerevan, Armenia. My parents wanted me to play music and specifically flute because of a chronic breathing condition. For a number of years I was dealing with this problem and when we started treatments with a homeopathic doctor, he suggested that I also play a wind instrument. Since my parents like the flute, they decided to put me in music school to take flute lessons alongside theory and music history.
USING “ONE SENTENCE” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A MUSICIAN?
This is a great question and I have realized that this is something many artists have a hard time with. I think I need to find a sales person. Give them my CV and talk to them for a few hours and maybe they can help me with a dynamic sentence to describe myself. Till then, I will say that I want classical music to be everywhere that other music is. That is what I work for every day. Classical music is not just slow movements; it’s not just to help you with homework or to help you relax. Classical music is dynamic, powerful, violent, soft, beautiful, and so much more. Anything you feel, anger or love, you will find a piece or better yet many pieces that will describe your emotion through the music.
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