Hrant Parsamian

Hrant P.

Washington, DC

About Hrant P.

Hrant teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 1998
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hrant's interests range from the solo cello repertoire to chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. As a teacher he has been a faculty member at Yale School of Music, 92nd Y, Summertrios Music Festival, and has held master classes at Yale and the William Blount-Slawson Competition. He has recently performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Houston Symphony, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Chris Botti’s Gala Concert at the Tilles Center. Hrant, together with violinist Benjamin Sung and pianist Jihye Chang are founding members of the Arsenal Trio. Their recent performances have been at the ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival, The University of Louisville New Music Festival, and Gregory Singer Concert Series in New York.

Hrant P. is a prize winner in International Competitions including, Houston Symphony Ima Hogg, The Montgomery Symphony Fellowship, Olga Koussevitzky, HAMS, and Hudson Valley. He is an extensive solo as well as chamber music performer who, has appeared frequently in venues such as Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Music Gettysburg, Banff Center for the Arts, and Orford Festival. Recently he has collaborated with artists such as Hans Graf, Carlos Prieto, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zakhar Bron, Natalya Shakhovskaya, Franz Helmerson, Richard Watkins, and Hansjorg Schellenberger, and Oxana Yablonskaya.

Born in Bulgaria, Hrant P. started the cello at the early under the guidance of his mother. His first recital was at the age of six. Two years later he gave his debut as a soloist performing C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto. Hrant holds bachelor degrees from The Hochschulle fur Music in Wien, The Juilliard School, and received his Masters of Music from Yale School of Music where he studied with world renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.
Recently, Hrant won a position with the Army Band, married pianist Tatjana P., and is the proud father of son Benjamin.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student has his/her own need because we are all unique as human beings, every one of us has their stronger and weaker skills and my job as a teacher is to find the best tool to pass to the given student.

I am strict but fun, whichever amount the student needs more.

I use the Suzuki books because the songs (and later pieces) in are very good, popular, fun, and evenly progressive.

Achievements depend also on the student and the amount of practicing done at home. I as a teacher can only do that much in passing my knowledge and spur the student own.
Practicing at home is very, very important.

*** Specialties ***

Photos and Videos

This is one of my favorite show pieces



Jun 1995 - Present
Summertrios Festival


Sep 2002 - Jun 2004
Yale University


Masters of Music

Sep 2002 - Jun 2004
Yale School of Music

Bachelor of Music

Sep 1997 - Jun 2002
The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Music

Sep 1994 - Jun 1997
Vienna Music University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


S. Koussevitsky International Strings Competition

May 2002
Koussevitsky Foundation

Ima Hogg International competition

Mar 2002
Ima Hogg

Holland American Music Society

Oct 2001
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3 Reviews on Hrant P.

Patrick-Helios L. Sep 6, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher. Able to engage young cellists.
Ryan C. Sep 8, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Hrant is very patient and believes in building a strong basic foundation prior to proceeding.
Karl-Marx O. Sep 6, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
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