Arshak Sirunyan

Arshak S.

Mount Pleasant, SC

Lesson Details

Songwriting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Comprehensive study in Classical & Jazz Piano Performance, Music Theory for all Levels (Improvisation, Composing , Performance).
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About

Arshak delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+

Teaching since:
September 2002

Born and raised in the city of Yerevan, Armenia, by the age of seven, Arshak S.’s natural musical talent had already come to the attention of Sergey Kechek, Director of the A. Spendiarov School of Music; one of the leading musical academies in Armenia. Studying under unparalleled teacher and a music mentor Arkuhi Harutyunyan, Arshak continued his study of classical piano styles for the next 10 years, performing solo concerts and going so far as to receive the third place award at the 1994 Armenian National J. S. Bach Concerto Competition. Later, he attended and graduated from Komitas State Conservatory, where he concentrated on Composition and Piano Performance under the tutelage of Stephan Rostomyan and Georgy Kasabyan. In the fallowing years Arshak has composed classical and contemporary compositions for vocal, piano, clarinet, string quartet and symphonic orchestra. In 2002, the Armenian Komitas String Quartet performed a work composed by Arshak S. that was dedicated to the victims of the earthquake that struck Armenia fourteen years earlier.

In the year of 2002, after releasing his first album “Armenian Folk Melodies” with his friend Artur Yeghiazaryan, Arshak was granted the great opportunity to come to the United States of America. In 2008 Arshak found and produced a band by name “Double Sharp“ with his two childhood friends Levon Mikaelian and Nune Vartanyan, which also includes two veterans of American jazz scene Tony Bunn and Wes Crawford. This gave a birth to the album “With a Song in My Heart“. The same year he began working on his trio album “Journal“ [Released in 2010] and Tony’s project “Small World“ [Released in 2009] with Dennis Chambers on drums. In May 2010, “Twitching Eye“ from the album “Journal” receives “Honorable Mention” from the 2010 International Songwriting Competition.

In late 2012 Arshak began working on his “Hoodman’s Blind” project collaborating with multi Grammy Award winning & nominated musicians from all over the world. Featuring Mike Stern, Omar Hakim, Eric Marienthal, Chieli Minucci, Bob Franceschini, Raul Pineda, Cheikh NDoye, John Lamkin III, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Artyom Manukyan, Artur Yeghiazaryan, Vardanyan String Quartet & more.., the new album [Released on March 2nd, 2014] was quoted on All About Jazz “..to be one of the most unique and compelling releases of the year!”.

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Experience

Senior Pianos
Sep 2002 - Present
Maryland Youth Ballet

Education

Composer & Concert Pianist
Sep 1998 - Jun 2002
Yerevan State Conservatory, Armenia
Concert Pianist
Sep 1988 - Sep 1998
A. Spendiarov School of Music (Yerevan, Armenia)

Languages

Armenian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Russian
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelors Degree in Composing & Piano Performance
Jun 2002
Yerevan State Conservatory

Concert Pianist Certification
Jun 1998
A. Spendiarov School of Music

Awards

3rd Place
May 1994
1994 Armenian National J. S. Bach Concerto Competition

Photos & Videos

Arshak Sirunyan live at Clarice Smith Performing Art Center, MD - June 4th 2011
Cheikh Ndoye - Bass
John Lamkin III - Drums
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Arshak Sirunyan live at Clarice Smith Performing Art Center, MD -  June 4th 2011
Cheikh Ndoye - Bass
John Lamkin III - Drums

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