Ara Sarkissian

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.

An avid music educator, Sarkissian has taught private lessons and coached numerous young chamber ensembles across the country. In the fall of 2014, after seven years on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp, he joined the faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy. In the summer of 2009, he was featured with his Interlochen Arts Camp colleagues on NPR's Performance Today.

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.

Sarkissian received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. 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.