The Strad magazine describes cellist Ani Aznavoorian as having “Scorchingly
committed performances that wring every last drop of emotion out of the music. Her
technique is well-nigh immaculate, she has a natural sense of theater, and her tone is
astonishingly responsive.” Ms. Aznavoorian has appeared as soloist with many of the
world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo
Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Belgrade Philharmonic,
and the Juilliard Orchestra. She has also appeared as recitalist and chamber musician
in over 20 countries spanning 5 continents.
Ms. Aznavoorian is an avid chamber musician and teacher. She is the principal cellist of
Camerata Pacifica, one of the premier chamber music organizations on the west coast
and she appears regularly at chamber music festivals around the globe. She has also
served on the distinguished music faculty at the University of Illinois in
Champaign/Urbana, and has spent summers as faculty of the Great Mountains Music
Festival and School in South Korea.
Her numerous accolades include being the recipient of the prestigious Bunkamura
Orchard Hall Award for her outstanding cello playing and artistry, being named a
Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and being a prize winner of the International Paulo
Cello Competition. She is a proponent of new music and she has premiered concertos
by Lera Auerbach and Ezra Laderman and continues to expand the chamber music
repertoire with commissions by John Harbison, David Bruce, and Bright Sheng. She is
currently recording the soundtrack for Lovecraft Country on HBO. Ms. Aznavoorian
records for Cedille Records and she proudly performs on a cello made by her father
Peter Aznavoorian in Chicago.