Pianist Anna Soukiassian has distinguished herself regionally and internationally as an artist of tremendous gifts, displaying “an abundance of technique and a wide range of expression, from intense sensitivity to strongly driven passionate expression.” Born in Yerevan, Armenia Ms. Soukiassian started playing the piano at the age of three and by the age of twelve was honored with a solo appearance on Armenian State television. After receiving degrees from the R. Melikian Music College and the Yerevan State Conservatory, she was invited to complete her Artist Diploma degree at the Longy School of Music in Massachusetts as the first exchange student in the Cambridge-Yerevan Sister Cities Program. After completing her Artist Diploma she continued her studies at Boston University in the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree.
A frequent soloist and guest artist, she has performed in numerous recitals in Armenia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Moldavia, Canada and United States. As a concerto soloist Ms. Soukiassian has appeared with the Longy Chamber Orchestra and Boston Virtuosi.
Ms. Soukiassian is also a highly regarded teacher with over 18 years experience. She has taught at Yerevan State Conservatory, Phillips Academy, Towson University, the Maryland Conservatory of Music and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She was also the Founder and co-coordinator of the Komitas Music School in Boston. She currently teaches at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Division and the McDonough School.
Ms. Soukiassian was a 1992 winner of the Longy Concerto Competition and was twice a finalist in the Anne and Aaron Richmond Piano Competition. She also participated in the 1995 Maria Canals de Barcelona International Piano Competition in Spain. Her teachers included Victor Rosenbaum, Natalia Antonova, Julia Arakelian and Maria Clodes Jaguaribe, and she received chamber music coaching from Eugene Lehner, Wolfgang Schocken, Roman Totenberg, Ani Kavafian and Bayla Keyes. Ms. Soukiassian also performs regularly with her husband, violinist Jeffrey Howard, in the Kassian-Howard Duo.