Internationally-acclaimed instrumentalist and composer Kristapor Allen Najarian has an eclectic and flourishing career in music. As a composer, Mr. Najarian has seen his music performed across the United States as well as internationally, having been featured in such arenas as the Dilijan Chamber Music Series, Music from Angel Fire Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Starling-Delay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School, the Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival in Armenia, among several others.
As an instrumentalist specializing in violin, guitar, and mandolin, Mr. Najarian performs across the United States as well as internationally, concertizing in such venues as the Walt Disney and Zipper Concert Halls in Los Angeles, The Sydney Opera House in Australia, and Khachaturian Opera House in Armenia. He has performed as part of such organizations as the Dilijan Chamber Music Series, Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival, and Eagle Rock Music Festival, among several others.
Frequently in demand as a guest artist, he performs, records, and arranges music for artists ranging in style from concert music to pop, folk, blues, and rock. As a member of the band Sugar Rum Tantrum, Mr. Najarian has been featured in such media streams as SOFAR Sounds, and performed in such iconic Los Angeles venues as the Mint and House of Blues. 2017-18 will see him serving as concertmaster for the new Harmony Chamber Orchestra in Pasadena, as well as producing an album of sonatas in collaboration with various pianists.
His work for the Dilijan Chamber Music Series, ‘A Tale for Two Violins’, was premiered by the renowned violinists and sisters, Ani and Ida Kavafian, and has since been added to the duos’ current international touring repertoire. From 2013-14 Mr. Najarian served as the first composer-in-residence for the Incidental Chamber Players, a new chamber music series based in Pittsburgh. 2015 saw the production of ‘The Year 1915’ for string quartet, written in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in its centennial year. Current projects include a collaboration with highly-esteemed cellist Antonio Lysy on a piece for cello duo scordatura.
Mr. Najarian began his musical studies at age 5 on the violin. He was raised in a musical household - his mother an exceptional pianist and conductor - and his father an oud virtuoso and world renowned luthier. At age 9 he auditioned and was accepted into the studio of Mrs. Anne Thatcher, with a lineage from Jascha Brodsky, Lucien Capet, and Eugène Ysaÿe. He studied with Mrs. Thatcher for ten years until his enrollment at UCLA.
Upon his acceptance into UCLA, Mr. Najarian began studies with renowned violinists Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre. It was during this time that his passion for composition began to flourish. Mr. Najarian recently completed his B.A. in Music from UCLA, with a double emphasis in performance and composition. His primary teachers included violinists Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre, along with composers Ian Krouse, Paul Chihara, Roger Bourland, David Lefkowitz, and Mark Carlson.