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Henrik Karapetyan Solo Violin

Along with his Classical performances he has been very active in the folk scene of Michigan, becoming one of the most sought after folk/alternative violinists in Michigan.

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Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981, Henrik started playing the violin at the age of six, enrolling in music classes at Spendiarian Special Music School. In 1997 Henrik received full tuition to attend the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory of Music, where he studied with distinguished Professors Suren Akhnazaryan (violin) and Gayane Akhnazaryan (chamber music). During his studies he was the concertmaster and a frequent soloist with the Conservatory Baroque Orchestra, the first group to introduce stylistically aware musical performances of the Baroque Music in Armenia, under the guidance of Professor Aram Talalyan. The orchestra gave Armenian premiers of works by Bach, Rameau, and other composers of the Baroque era (most notably, “St Matthew’s Passions” by Bach in 2001). In 2000, as a member of the “Serenade” Chamber Orchestra Henrik traveled to perform in Germany, Switzerland, France and Russia on several occasions. In the same year, he was appointed the concertmaster of the Yerevan Festival Orchestra. In 2001, Henrik played alongside the members of the celebrated Armenian State Komitas Quartet on several occasions.

Along with his Classical performances he has been very active in the folk scene of Michigan, becoming one of the most sought after folk/alternative violinists in Michigan. He performed with “Orpheum Bell” Folk-Eastern band (www.orpheumbell.com), is one of the founding members and the violinist of Michigan’s premier Klezmer band, “Klezmephonic” (www.facebook.com/klezmephonic/), the violinist of Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet (www.facebook.com/DAVESHARPWORLDSQ) and Duo Mosaic” (www.duomosaic.com).

As a teacher, Henrik has consistently maintained a full studio and taught throughout his three years at the University of Michigan as a Graduate Student Instructor. His students have been admitted to music programs in universities and colleges nationwide. He also worked several years at the Detroit Civic Orchestra as a mentor, playing with the group and supervising/helping the younger members of the orchestra. As an instrumentalist, lecturer, guest artist and educator, Henrik performs more than hundred and fifty programs annually in concert venues, universities, festivals, libraries, retirement homes and schools across US.

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