Biography

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Ara Topouzian is an Armenian-American musician whose proficiency at the Kanun (Middle Eastern harp) has made him a nationally-recognized artist.

He has performed at concerts, music festivals and many celebrated venues across the United States, with some of the top musicians of Armenian and Middle Eastern music.

Topouzian’s traditional music style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East with jazz, fusion, and new age influences.

The recipient of numerous awards, Topouzian’s music has been heard and sold around the globe.

In 2012, Kresge Arts of Detroit recognized Topouzian with a Kresge Arts Fellowship for his achievements and contributions to his craft.

In 2018, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Topouzian to the Michigan Council of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The council works to increase and broaden the influence of arts and culture within Michigan communities. He was re-appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020.

In 2019, during a global pandemic, Topouzian represented the State of Michigan performing Armenian music for The Kennedy Center. Arts Across America was a digital series presented nationwide to uplift and showcase artists throughout the nation.

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