Lecturer (Collaborative Piano)
Armenian pianist Aram Arakelyan performs as a collaborator throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He wears many hats, from collaborative partner to chamber musician, to orchestral and choral keyboardist, arranger, ballet class pianist, and even a graphic designer.
He has been a pianist for the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition and the 2015 International Horn Symposium. He also has been on staff at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York. He has been one of the primary pianists in the viola studio of Donald McInnes. For the past three years, Arakelyan was the pianist for the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton Chamber Singers, under the direction of Jo-Michael Scheibe, with which he performed at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, Korea, and the 12th China International Chorus Festival in Beijing, China.
He earned degrees from the University of Utah, University of Texas at Austin, and USC. His mentors include Susan Duehlmeier, Anne Epperson, Norman Krieger, and Alan Smith.