Guitarist/Composer/Educator, John Baboian, has been on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1980. Before beginning his teaching career at Berklee, he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Berklee and later a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory.
Although best known for his work in the jazz & swing idioms, John has performed in the Classical, Blues, Rock, R&B, Latin and World music genres. His performances include concerts, clubs, recordings, radio and television throughout the United States and Canada, as well as performances and teaching clinics in Japan, Central & South Americas, Europe, South Africa, and the former Soviet Union including his ancestral home, Armenia.
His compositions and arrangements have been heard on television shows “Walker, Texas Ranger”, UPN’s “Seven Days”, ABC’s “All My Children”, HBO’s “The Soprano’s”, and others.
He has accompanied headliners Frankie Avalon, Sergio Franchi, Connie Francis, Tom Jones, Al Martino, Marilyn Michaels, Jim Nabors, Bobby Rydell, Ben Vereen and many others, and has shared the stage with Jazz greats Gary Burton, Alan Dawson, Joe Lovano, Bob Moses, Herb Pomeroy, Esperanza Spalding, Leni Stern, Phil Wilson, Warren Vache and many others.
John has been a featured performer on over 20 recordings in a variety of musical styles. Recent recordings include performances with “The Boston Big Band”, “The World Leaders”, “The Black Sea Salsa Band”, and a host of vocalists from the New England area. Under his own leadership, John has released The “Be-Bop” Guitars & More! (2000) and “Freshly Painted Blues” (2007), featuring his allfaculty guitar ensemble from Berklee called The “Be-Bop” Guitars. He recently returned from South Africa where his band played at the Cape Town Jazz Festival.
His picture is included in the recently published book: “Faces Of Jazz” which features prominent New England Jazz artists.
John is a voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammy’s), an active member of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), a winner of many ASCAPLUS writing awards, and a “Network With An Expert” consultant to the Jazz Education Network (JEN).
Recently, John surprised his fans and students with a "cameo" appearance in the feature film "Ted" filmed in Boston. Look for the moustachioed guitar player in the house party scene and you will see a familiar face.
John plays and is an endorser of D'Addario strings.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Samuel Andonian began studying the violin at age seven. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Violin Performance at the New England Conservatory, studying with Donald Weilerstein. Samuel has been a soloist with orchestras in the Boston area, including the Boston Pops, and has been the first-place winner of multiple local competitions. In 2015, he was awarded the Silver Medal in the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as part of the Trio Adonais. Samuel was also a concertmaster of the Boston Youth Symphony for three seasons. He has attended festivals including the Heifetz International Music Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and The Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop. His recent solo performances include the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Season Gala, and NPR’s radio show From the Top in October of 2016.
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Levon Hovsepian is one of the most gifted musicians working in New England today.
A faithful interpreter of varied genres and a versatile arranger, Mr. Hovsepian has been a major contributor to several of programs presented by Amaras Art Alliance: such as Three Sopranos* (2011), A Tribute to Composer Mirzoyan on his 90th Birthday (2012) and Gala Concert Celebration Hovhaness Badalian’s Music Fund (2017.)
We are delighted for the opportunity to present this talented pianist and his friends in a musical adventure which will include Classical works, Jazz pieces and Armenian favorite songs.
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Levon Hovsepian started his early studies at the Sayat-Nova Music School in Yerevan, Armenia. Later he continued his education at the Tchaikovsky Special Music School for Gifted Children. Levon Hovsepian graduated from the Komitas Conservatory with Honors, receiving his Masters degree. He had performed throughout Armenia, Estonia, Moldova, and had appeared as a soloist with the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra and on Armenian National Television. After attracting major critical attention in Armenia, he was invited to study at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After receiving his Artist Diploma and Masters degree with Honors, he continued his intense performing and teaching careers. He made his New-York debut in 1994 and became known for his compelling interpretative style and expansive technique. Levon Hovsepian was a prize winner at the Arlington Concerto Competition, has appeared as a soloist with Salem Philharmonic Orchestra and New England Philharmonic Orchestra. His "Favorite Piano Masterpieces" CD was played on WGBH Radio, Moscow and Yerevan Radio Stations. He was the guest artist at the reception honoring the President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrossian and Senator Edward Kennedy.
He studied with Louisa Markarian, Villy Sarkissian and Victor Rosenbaum.
Sandi Bedrosian has been performing professionally for the past 30 years as lead vocalist singing Jazz, Swing, Rhythm & Blues, and Classical, as well as Top 40 and Gospel/Liturgical music.
She received her classical training at the University of MA in Lowell majoring in voice-performance. She has been the opening act/lead vocalist for such artists as: Gary Charrone of Van Halen/Extreme, Sheena Easton, Tom Sullivan, Barbara Mandrell, and the Capital Steps.
The Sandi Bedrosian Ensemble has performed throughout New England, the East and West Coasts, and Europe.
Sandi has also starred in many musical productions, theater and opera, such as: Fiorello, Carousal, and Die Fledermaus. In addition she has directed the musicals South Pacific, Godspell, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
She has been a professional voice-over artist/actress since 1997. One of her Comcast advertisements won the 2004 “Communicator Award of Excellence.”
Currently, Sandi lives in Andover, MA, where she teaches voice and piano, as well as the musical arts, to aspiring students and professional artists at her studio, The VOICE Studio.
Knarik Nerkararyan is an operatic soprano. She graduated with honors from the Komitas Yerevan State Conservatory.. In 2006 she received scholarship to continue her studies in US and in 2008 earned her Degree in Vocal Performance, from Azusa Pacific University.
During 2003 and 2004 she participated in the International Christian Music Festival SOZO in Baja, Hungary, where she introduced wide audiences to Armenian medieval spiritual music.
In 2007and 2008 Knarik was granted scholarships from Armenian General Benevolent Union. Also, in 2008 she won 2nd prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition for Vocalists. She is the winner of the 2007 and 2010 Concerto Competition at Azusa Pacific University. In 2010 she was granted a scholarship and selected for the Intimate Opera Fifth Annual Vocal Workshop. In 2011 she won the American Educators of Italian Origin United 41st Annual Opera Auditions.
In 2010 she was selected as a Resident Artist in the Riverside Lyric Opera. In 2011 Knarik performed Mimi’s role in " La Bohem" with Repertory Opera Company. She performed scenes from “The Abduction from the Seraglio” as Konstanze and “Lucia di Lammermoor” as Lucia with the Intimate Opera Company. Among her other operatic roles are Fiordiligi in “ Cosi fan tutte”, Sister Angelica in “ Sister Angelica”, Mother in “Amahl and the night visitors”, Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin”, Kupava in the US premier of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera“ The Snow Maiden” Zemfira in Rachmaninov’s opera “ Aleko”