Pianist Nara Avetisyan is currently pursuing a Master’s double-degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in both solo and collaborative piano performance, studying with Sergei Babayan and Anita Pontremoli, respectively. In 2014, Ms. Avetisyan received first prize in the “Grant” piano competition in Sioux Falls. She has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the Balys Dvarionas International Piano Competition (Vilnius, Luthuania), “Konzerteum” International Piano Competition (Greece), “Le Muse” International Piano Competition (Agropoli, Italy), and the “Chopin Rome 2008” International Piano Competition (Rome, Italy).
Ms. Avetisyan won the 2016 CIM Spring Concerto Competition, granting her the opportunity to perform with the CIM orchestra in Severance hall on April 19, 2017. She received her B.M. in piano performance from CIM in 2014 as a student of Sergei Babayan. During her time at CIM, Nara was selected to participate in the Advanced Piano Trio Program under the tutelage of Sharon Robinson, with whom she has also concertized. Ms. Avetisyan has performed with the Yerevan Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. She has given recitals in Vienna, Munich, Geneva, London, Monaco, Sochi, Boston, Los Angeles and other European and U.S. cities. This past summer, Ms. Avetisyan took part in Cleveland’s Art Song Festival, as well as Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York. This fall, Nara will collaborate with Eli Matthews, first assistant principal of the Cleveland Orchestra, in a series of concerts.