Armenian pianist Aram Arakelyan (25) has been studying piano since age 7. Since 14 years old, Aram has performed extensively throughout Armenia. His has won or placed in almost all National and International competitions and festivals held in his native country. At age 17, Aram was invited to come to the United States and participate in the Junior Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. His performance in Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, during this competition marked his debut in America. Aram has since won several competitions in the US including: First Place at the UMTA State Concerto Competition and the Albertson College of Idaho International Piano Competition. Most recently Aram took the Isabel Scionti Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the First Prize at the Kingsville International Piano Competition in Texas. Aram made his orchestral debut in March 2003 with Maestro Sergio Bernal and the Utah State University Symphony Orchestra playing Saint-Saens Second Piano Concerto. In addition to his solo work Aram is an active accompanist and a chamber musician. He has collaborated with many faculty members of the music department at Utah State University, including Rebecca McFaul (violin), Yi Ching Fedkenheuer (violin), Cory Evans (Tenor) and Jon Gudmundson (saxophone), as well as some of the major ensembles of University of Utah. As of spring 2008 Aram is proud to call the University of Utah his home, where he is currently a scholarship student, studying with Dr.