"I have a unique background in music: ever since I was a young girl I have been surrounded by a family who lives and breathes music. Everyone in my family received various professional degrees in music; hence, music had a strong presence in my upbringing. I learned how to play piano from my grandmother, and later how to play guitar from my mother and father. Music education was made possible for me through my family’s commitment to passing knowledge through generations. This sense of sharing music within a community is what makes me a passionate musician."

~Iren Arutyunyan