About Petros Karapetyan
Get to know Petros Karapetyan
Originally from Yerevan, Armenia, Petros Karapetyan joined the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra in 2019. Petros began his violin studies at the age of 6 in his native country and
attended the Tchaikowsky Specialized Music School until age 11. After moving to
Aguascalientes, Mexico in 2004, he continued his musical studies with his mother, later
becoming her official student at the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in 2011. Aside
from his undergraduate studies in music, Petros was also pursuing a degree in International
Business at the Universidad Panamericana.
After deciding to continue his studies in the United States, Petros was accepted at the Eastman
School of Music in the studio of Mikhail Kopelman in the class of 2017. While at Eastman,
Petros was concertmaster of both the Eastman Symphony and Philharmonia as well as part of the
Intensive and Honors Chamber Music Programs. Petros graduated from the Eastman School with
a Performance Certificate in 2017 as well as a B.A. in Business from the Barry Florescue
Undergraduate Business Program at the University of Rochester. Continuing his studies, Petros
joined the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in the studio of Kathleen Winkler,
earning his Master of Music degree in 2019.
Petros has been a fellow at festivals around the world, including the Tanglewood Music Center,
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, Avaloch
Farm Summer Music Institute and the Orquesta Sinfónica Infantil y Juvenil de México. He has
played with the Houston Symphony, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria! in
Syracuse and the IRIS orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee. Aside from music, Petros enjoys
hiking, soccer, cooking, reading and has a German Shepherd dog.