Each year, the Concord Orchestra hosts the Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition. The prize is the opportunity to play a concerto with the orchestra. The challenge is big, but there are a lot of very qualified young musicians who memorize a whole concerto and play with finesse and mature expression. This year, we have another winner — violinist Haig Hovsepian of Belmont. He will play the Khachaturian Violin Concerto in d minor with us on January 29 and 30, 2016.
He has an impressive bio, studying with fine teachers, winning competitions, and participating in charitable causes:
Haig Aram Hovsepian, 17 years old, is a junior at Belmont High School. He started playing violin at the age of 4 with Narine Dolukhanian, continuing on with Anna Korsunsky, Mark Lakirovich, Jason Horowitz, and Kyoko Horowitz. Currently he studies with Lynn Chang and Angelo Xieng Yu at the New England Conservatory Prep Department, and is a member of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and a String Quartet.
At the age of 11, Haig received his first award at the statewide Music Teachers’ Association competition. In 2010 he won the Gold Medal at the Classival Music Competition (Canada), in June of 2010 became a winner of the Young Promise International Competition, and in 2013 – the finalist in the Armenian Youth Talent Music Competition.
In the Summer of 2013 and 2015 Haig attended the Meadowmount School of Music, studying with Gerardo Ribeiro, Ann Setzer, Walter Schwede, and Ivan Zenaty. In the summer of 2014 – toured Italy, Spain, and Germany, studying privately with Hamayak Dourgarian.
This year was marked by Haig’s winning several Concerto Competitions: the NEC, Feinberg-Kelley (Brockton), Waltham Philharmonic, and Belmont High School, and becoming the finalist in the BSO Concerto Competition. Throughout this year he participated in several YouTube video productions by a popular NPR program “From the Top”, and had his debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival (with “The Piano Guys”).
From a very young age Haig started to perform at various community and charity events, churches, and nursing homes. He appeared on Belmont and Needham television featuring talented young musicians. Since its inception he is a regular contributor/performer at the annual Belmont Cable Telethon aimed at raising funds for the local food pantry. Together with a group of other young performers he took part in a production benefiting Joslin Diabetes Center. He also appeared in Our Young Stars and Music for Life recitals benefiting Boston Children’s Hospital, and the schools and orphanages destroyed by the earthquake in Armenia.
Among various venues that he has performed are: Carnegie Hall (New York), Koussevitzky Music Shed (Tanglewood), Massachusetts State House (Boston), Salle de Vallee des Champs (Montreal, Canada), Museum of Our National Heritage (Lexington), Belmont and Waltham Public Libraries, Armenian Library and Museum of America (Watertown). As a member of YSO and YPO Haig performed in Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Sanders Theater, and in various venues during this summer’s tour to Iceland with the YPO.
Haig is an avid Saxophone player, occasionally paying homage to pop music by break-dancing. He is the lead Saxophone in his High School’s prize-winning Jazz Collective and the Wind Ensemble.