Benjamin Gasparyan

From armeniapedia.org
Jump to: navigation, search
Benjamin Gasparyan with actor Paul Mazursky

Benjamin Gasparyan is a virtuoso violinist. With years of experience performing classical music on stage in front of a wide variety of audiences. Benjamin flourishes when performing Armenian and Eastern- European folk music, entertaining guests from different cultures anywhere he may find them. He is a talented violinist capable of captivating his audience from their ears to their souls.

Biography

Benjamin was born into a musical family in Yerevan, Armenia in 1948. From 1955 to 1967 he attended the Tchaikovsky School of Music for Talented Children and received great honors. In 1967 he was accepted to the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan, where he earned a Master's Degree in Instrumental Performance (Violin) by 1973. In 1973, Benjamin was invited to attend special classes offered by the famous violinist, David Oystrach, in the Moscow Conservatory of Russia.

After 1974, Benjamin performed for numerous prominent symphonies and orchestras, such as the Yerevan Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television, and the Ensemble of Violinists, touring numerous cities of the republics of the former Soviet Union. He has also contributed to the development of the musical community by teaching instrumental violin performance at the Komitas Conservatory of Yerevan.

In 1987, Benjamin immigrated to the United States with his family. Since then, he has worked for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra of Santa Ana and the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.

Aside from his accomplishments in the world of classical music, Benjamin has been able to work as an entertaining folklore violinist in numerous prominent restaurants and private parties in the United States, Europe, and South America. He has produced two audio tapes and a compact disc of music which include works from Italian, French, Rumanian, Gypsy, Russian, and Armenian cultures. Benjamin also has film industry experience, with roles in movies such as "Love Affair" with Warren Beatty and Annette Benning.

Currently, Benjamin resides in Los-Angeles with his family. He participates in a number of major Armenian events and is well known in his community.

External links