Cellist Kevork Parsamian was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He began his cello studies at the age of four under the tutelage of his mother, later continuing his studies with Anatoli Krastev at the Sofia music school. In 1995, Kevork came to the United States, where he completed his bachelor degree at the University of Cincinnati with Yehuda Hanani, his master’s degree at Indiana University with Janos Starker, and an Artist Diploma at Yale University School of Music, with Aldo Parisot.
Kevork has received many scholarships and prizes, including first prize in the Bulgarian National Music Competition, the Lima Symphony Competition in Lima, OH, and the Cincinnati University concerto competition. He has been awarded full scholarships from the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, Yale University, and was granted an impressive award to study at the Aspen Music Festival in 1996. Kevork has been featured as guest soloist with the University of Cincinnati orchestra, the Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Mannes Community Orchestra, and the Bulgarian National Orchestra. In 2005 he performed in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on the “Treasures of Bulgaria” series. His concerts have been broadcast on Bulgarian radio and television.
Kevork is also an active chamber musician. During his stay at Indiana, his string quartet won the prestigious Kutner award, a residency position that is awarded to only one chamber ensemble per year. He has worked with such notable artists as the Tokyo String Quartet, Peter Oundjian, Ani Kavafian, Mauricio Fuks, and Paul Biss.
Kevork has performed as principal cellist with the Cincinnati College, Indiana University, and Yale University orchestras. In addition, he has been a cello section member in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Lima, OH., Evansville, IN., Sarasota West Coast, and New World Symphony Orchestras. He held the position of teaching assistant to Starker while studying at Indiana University, and had a similar assistantship position at Yale. Currently he is on faculty in the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music, and a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2003.