Born in November of 1990, Vasken Ohanian began performing at an early age. At age for he began studying the violin, and at age six, he began performing as a vocalist including a performance of Pie Jesu from John Rutter’s Requiem(2004)with the Sonora Master Chorale and a performance as Amahl in Carl Menotti’s opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors(2003).
During his senior year in High School, Vasken Ohanian became serious about composition and began taking lessons from Dr. Kenneth Froelich, head of the composition department at California State University Fresno. Vasken Ohanian quickly showed he had a talent for composing. In May 2009, he completed his Symphony No. 1 “Majestique” and conducted its world premiere with the University High School Symphony Orchestra. That year he would go on to win the Dean Emeritus Luis Costa Award for Music from the California State University Fresno, and was accepted into the National Society of High School Scholars.
Currently, Vasken Ohanian is Co-Director for the Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco. He is also finishing his undergraduate studies in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Under the guidance of Elinor Armer, he grown immensely as a composer, winning the 14th Annual Kris Getz Composition Competition with his piece Rhapsody on an Armenian Lullaby, and placing third in the the 8th Biannual San Francisco Conservatory Choral Composition Competition with his piece, Ave.
Ave - divisi a capella SATB Chorus
Pimps Under Attack - 2 Percussionists
Dies Irae Variations - Solo Viola
Rhapsody on an Armenian Lullaby - Violin and Piano
Music has been a part of me since I was four. Now, I would like to share that part of me with you.