Armen Movsessian

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Armen Movsessian
OriginYerevan, Armenia
Associated actsYanni

Armen Movsessian (Armenian: Արմեն Մովսեսյան, born in Yerevan, Armenia) is a violin player.[1] His formal training as a musician began as a child. He received his high school diploma from the Tchaikovsky's School of Music for the musically gifted, and earned his B.A. and Master’s from the Yerevan Conservatory named after Komitas. He was one of only fifty-four violinists worldwide to be invited to compete in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1990. This is when he decided to move to the United States and has since been named Concertmaster for the Panama National Symphony in Panama City, Panama, and for the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. Movsessian was an instructor of violin, viola, and chamber music at Clark University and an instructor of violin at the Longy School of Music, both in Massachusetts. He has performed during the 2003 and 2004

Ethnicity world tours with Yanni, as well as the 2005 Yanni Live! The Concert Event, and Yanni Voices tours.


Armen Movsessian began his formal training as a violinist at the age of seven at Tchaikovsky School of Music in Yerevan, Armenia under the leadership of Professor Mokatsian. After graduation, Armen continued his study at the Yerevan State Conservatory N.A. Komitas in Yerevan, Armenia. In 1989, Armen was appointed a Concertmaster of newly formed Armenian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1990, Armen was invited to participate in International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and shortly after he moved to Boston where he served on the faculty of Clark University and Longy School of Music where he also earned his Artist Diploma in Performance with Distinction in 1992 under the leadership of Professor Sophie Vilker. Armen held Principal and Concertmaster positions in several orchestras in the U.S.A. and in South America. In 2002, Armen moved to Los Angeles where he worked with Los Angeles Opera and major motion picture studios such as, Warner Bros, Sony/MGM, Paramount, Universal, NBC etc., scoring for more than 120 films and followed his debut in Yanni World Tour 2003. In 2010, Armen introduced a new show to his audience under the name of Forbidden Saints with a sold out performance at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium followed by the release of a new album Forbidden Saints Live in 2011. Armen infuses his classical background with Jazz, Rock, Pop as well making him a unique and extremely well rounded musician. Armen has worked and recorded with many artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Ray Charles, Barry White, Yanni, Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Smokey Robinson, Olga Tanon, Jose-Jose, Lucero, Cristian Castro,Olga Tanon.


  1. ^ Anstead, Alicia (November 1, 1996). "Bangor Symphony Orchestra to celebrate century of music". Bangor Daily News. pp. D1, D2. Retrieved 8 August 2012.