Orchestra Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute
M.M., Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music; B.M., Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
Ara Sarkissian began studying the violin at the age of four and continues to enjoy performing and teaching both domestically and abroad. As a performer of contemporary music, he has collaborated with esteemed composers including Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski and George Benjamin. A highlight of his career was performing George Benjamin’s "Palimpsests I and II" under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.
An avid music educator, Mr. Sarkissian has taught private lessons and coached numerous young chamber ensembles across the country. In the fall of 2014, he joined the faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy where he taught previously for seven summers. In the summer of 2009, he was featured with his colleagues on NPR's Performance Today.
His principal teachers were Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Oliver Buswell IV. Other important mentors include Mary LaMonaca, Paul Biss, Carol Ou, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Phil Setzer and Soovin Kim.