OCMI 2016 • Guest faculty • Dr. Suren Petrosyan


Cellist Suren Petrosyan holds degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Cello Performance from Michigan State University and the Yerevan State Conservatory. Originally from Armenia, he began music lessons at the age of five and has dedicated his life to music as an active cello performer, teacher, and conductor.

Dr. Petrosyan has conducted concerts with symphonies and chamber orchestras in Armenia, Europe, the United States, and Canada. In 2001, he founded the prizewinning “Scherzo” Youth Chamber Orchestra in his hometown of Yerevan; and in 2005, when he came to the U.S., founded the Pro Musica Ensemble in Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Petrosyan aims to apply his internationally gained experience to reach wide audience through performing variety of pieces from different time periods and traditions.

As a cellist, Suren has won numerous competitions and awards, and has performed throughout the United States, Armenia, and in Europe including performances in France, the Netherlands, Russia, and most notably at the Bach International Festival in Leipzig. He has also been actively performing as a soloist, principal, and section cellist with several symphonies including the Lansing, Jackson, Alma, and Midland Symphonies in Michigan.

As a teacher, Dr. Petrosyan has extensive experience both in Armenia where he received special nomination for “Best Teacher of the Year,” and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where he has taught cello for ten years.

Dr. Petrosyan currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Mason Symphony Orchestra, as well as on the teaching faculties of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Marshall Music, and in his private studio. He is very excited about this opportunity to work with students at the Omaha Conservatory of Music Institute and is looking forward to sharing his passion of music with the students and audience.