BELMONT, Mass.—In April, Massachusetts-based violinist Haig Hovsepian became a Laureate II Degree by winning 2nd place in the string instruments/violin category at the “Renaissance” VIII International Contest-Festival in Gyumri, Armenia. This year there were 3,000 participants from 36 countries with around 200 violinists. This competition/festival, which has been drawing international attention, is the only competition of its kind in the Republic of Armenia. There were contestants who participated from as far away as China.
Hovsepian is a student at Belmont High School and plays saxophone in the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band. He attends New England Conservatory (NEC) Preparatory School studying violin with Lynn Chang and Xiang Yu, and Sam Ou in chamber. Hovsepian is a member of the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) and chamber groups.
On June 4, Hovsepian, as the winner of the 2016 NEC Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist with the YPO, performing the complete three movements of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in E minor at Jordan Hall in Boston, Mass. The concert, which starts at 8 p.m., is open to the public.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West