Hovsepians to Perform in North Andover


By Tom Vartabedian

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — The mother-and-son team of Ani and Haig Hovsepian will perform at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Lowell ARF Committee Saturday, December 8, at 6 p.m. with a combined program at St. Gregory Armenian Church, 158 Main St.

The Hovsepians are both known for their musical virtuoso throughout the Greater Boston community. This will mark their first public appearance in North Andover where they have strong family ties.

Those attending last April’s Genocide commemoration at the Statehouse in Boston would have seen young Haig dazzle an unsuspecting
audience with his violin talent. His mom accompanies him on piano while dad Jirair takes care of the photography.

“We’re very proud of how far Haig has come on his instrument,” his parents agree. “He enjoys performing before crowds and looks to continue his music on a higher level.”

At 13, this young teen has already built up quite a resume. He’s an eighth-grader at Cherry Middle School in Belmont. He started his violin studies at age 4. In 2009, he received his first award at the Statewide Music Teachers Association competition.

The year 2010 turned into an extravaganza for the youth. On April 24, he won a gold medal at the Classified Music Competition in Canada. Two months later, Haig became a winner of the Young Promise International Competition.

In spite of his young age, Haig has performed extensively at various community and charity events, churches and nursing homes. He
appeared as a soloist with the Belmont All-Town Elementary Chorus and on Belmont and Needham television featuring talented
young musicians.

He also participated in the Belmont Telethon to help raise funds for the town’s food pantry and in a production benefiting the Joslin Diabetes Center.

He is a former member of the Abaka Dance Ensemble, St. Stephen’s Armenian Saturday School and a first-prize winner in the Armenian
Relief Society’s annual essay contest. He also plays the sh’vi (Armenian recorder), saxophone and piano.

Ani Hovsepian studied music at the Komitas Conservatory in Armenia; St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia) and at Brandeis University (Waltham). She holds separate graduate degrees in performance, education, music history and art criticism.

Throughout her burgeoning career, she appeared in piano and ensemble performances with various soloists and groups in Armenia, the former Soviet Union and United States, including Komitas Choral Society of Greater Boston and Cantata Singers.

Prior to immigrating here in 1991, she taught at the Yerevan State Conservatory, conducted research on Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness and worked as a freelance correspondent for newspapers in Armenia, reporting on musical events around the country.

She is currently employed at Brandeis University and running a private Music Studio (ACH) in Belmont.

The concert will be preceded by dinner and a brief program, updating guests on a genocide memorial currently in progress in Lowell.
Tickets are available at the door.