The Evolution of the Violin in the Last 5 Centuries
Monday Talks > 2016 Winter/Spring (Season 9)
Time and Date: Monday 29 February 2016 (7:00 – 8:30 pm All are welcome)
Title: The Evolution of the Violin in the Last 5 Centuries
Speaker: Arty Iskandarian and Zareh Tcheroyan
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Subject: the violin as we know it today was not what it was earlier. During the last 5 centuries, it went through an evolution that made it the stable instrument as we know it. Major Italian families were mostly responsible for the dramatic improvements that Arty (on the right) and Zareh will tell us about, including demonstrations with actual equipment.
Arty Iskandarianwas born in Lebanon in 1972. For generations his family played and collected fine stringed instruments, which influenced him to start with his first violin lesson at the tender age of six. His studies were abruptly halted due to the unfortunate Lebanese civil war as the few good teachers fled the country. His love and passion for the instrument persuaded him to the art of violin making.
His numerous experiments with wood preparations, arching, and varnishes lead him to discover many valuable techniques in the violin acoustics.
The combining of art with science makes his work recognizable. After having many interviews on national TV, regional newspapers and magazine, he was honored by the Vatican and made his way to becoming internationally renowned for his violin making. His instruments have been played by many prominant soloists such as Sergei Khatchaturyan, Matthew Trusler, Jean-Marc Phillips, Balseya Quartet, Zareh Tcheroyan.... His work is in constant progression in search of perfection in style, workmanship, playability and sound.
Zareh Tcheroyan began his violin studies at the Beirut National Conservatory. At the age of eleven, he performed the Mendelssohn violin concerto at the Cransac Summer Festival in France where he was praised for his musical maturity and advance technical achievements. Soon after, he was admitted to Juilliard Pre-College to study with Shirley Givens and later with Dorothy Delay and Samuel Sanders during his College years. Zareh won two concerto competitions with Barber and Beethoven Triple Concertos. Since then, he has been recognized as an exceptional musical talent, possessing a rare aptitude for the violin.
On March 15, 1998 Zareh made his Carnegie Weill Hall debut as a soloist accompanied by Rohan De Silva. He has taken part in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Zareh created the Stark Creative Space (Click Here) in 2014 to form a collaborative platform for national and international artists. Painter, musician, dancers and visual artists are invited to break the mold of traditional performance in order to produce an avant-garde artistic experience.