Dr. Michael Krikorian is a Los Angeles based pianist, composer, and music teacher. He recently completed his studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music as a student of Antoinette Perry with a DMA in piano performance. Previously, he earned his M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Arkady Aronov, and his B.A. from CSU Fresno as a student of Andreas Werz. Dr. Krikorian has won top prizes in numerous competitions and performed in venues across the USA and abroad. Most recently, Michael was a top prizewinner in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, including the prize for “best performance of an opera transcription or paraphrase”. He also won first place in the Bell T. Ritchie Award Competition (2017), and second place in the James Ramos International Video Competition (2017).
Dr. Krikorian maintains a small studio of private students and serves on the piano faculty of the La Canada School of Music and the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory. During his studies at USC Thornton he also taught group and private piano as a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the Keyboard Studies Department. In 2017, he was honored with the Award for Excellence in Teaching for Graduate Keyboard Studies Teaching Assistants. Dr. Krikorian is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), serving as the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (MTNA CAPMT) Concerto Competition South Regional Chair, and the Vice President of the MTNA CAPMT USC Collegiate Chapter. He has been invited to give presentations at the MTNA National Conference, the CAPMT State Conference, and the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium.
In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Krikorian composes music for the concert stage and visual media. His most recent project was a score for The Fidelio Incident, a video game loosely based on Beethoven’s opera Fidelio.