Monika’s Biography

Armenian born Reston, Virginia based violinist Monika Chamasyan is an active soloist and chamber musician. Her sound was described as “A brilliant and elegantly, lithesome tone” by the “Kultur” newspaper in Bavaria, Germany, and “irresistible” (Crozet Gazette). She is increasingly gaining recognition as a soloist and a frequent guest-performer at the music series such as Dumbarton House, The Strathmore, Schlesinger Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center and The CenterStage at Reston. Monika has appeared as a concertmaster of International Symphony Orchestra of Schloss Weissenstein Festival in Germany, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Maryland and The New Dominion Choral in Virginia. In 2009, she debuted at Carnegie Hall, New York. She is a first prize winner of the "New Names" competition in Armenia and of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Young Artists competition in which she performed the Brahms Violin Concerto to a critical acclaim. Monika performances have been broadcasted by the German Radio. Monika has been honored by several living composers, such as Tigran Mansurian, Mikel Kuehn and Tom Beveridge to premier and record their works in Europe and United States. In Spring 2015 Monika was invited to perform with Crozet Symphony to a high critical acclaim.

"...being the author of two works interpreted by Monika, I should stress her ability of penetrating the author's intention."

Mikhail Kokzhayev, composer

"Monika brings a lot of enthusiasm and high technical skill into her performance. She possesses a daring musical personality and natural self-confidence."

Aram Gharabekian, Artistic Director & Principal Conductor. National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia