Marta and Ani Aznavoorian perform at Nichols Concert Hall, May 15

The Music Institute of Chicago presents alumni Marta Aznavoorian, piano, and Ani Aznavoorian, cello, in concert Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. The performance will also be available via livestream.

This performance celebrates the April 2022 release by Cedille Records of Gems from Armenia, an album that highlights music from the sisters’ ancestral homeland raised in Chicago and marks the recording debut of their joint ensemble, the Aznavoorian Duo. The program features selections from the CD, including works by Alexander Arutiunian, Arno Babajanian, Aram Khachaturian, Serouj Kradjian, Vache Sharafyan, Avet Terterian and Komitas Vartabe.

A faculty member of the Institute of Music’s Piano Department since 1999, Marta takes on new responsibilities this year as Artist-in-Residence. The Artist-in-Residence position encourages, promotes, and rewards excellence in musicality and teaching that positively impacts student achievement and recognizes faculty for outstanding contributions to their academic discipline, to the Institute of music and the community as a whole. Marta extends her work as an ambassador for the Institute of Music to support performances, masterclasses, community outreach and fundraising activities. Marta Aznavoorian’s Artist-in-Residence position at the Music Institute of Chicago is made possible by Jim Stone.

“Marta demonstrates a passion for educating the next generation of musicians and is committed to growing her studio and teaching practice at the Institute of Music,” said President and CEO Mark George. “Through the creation of this position, the Institute of Music is invested in elevating Marta’s role as a performer and teacher to a level that reflects the highest distinction.”

Marta Aznavoorian, a multiple Grammy-nominated musician, has received critical acclaim worldwide as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony and San Diego Symphony. She is a founding member of the famous Lincoln Trio, which has toured the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.

Ani Aznavoorian is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra , the International Sejong Soloists, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This season marks his 15th year as a solo cellist with Camerata Pacifica. She was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and was on the faculty of the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea.

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