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Barry Lieberman & Friends Master Class: Michael Hovnanian

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 2:00pm

Bassist Michael Hovnanian is a member of the faculty at DePaul University. This Seattle native and longtime member of the Chicago Symphony performs a recital and leads a master class with students of Barry Lieberman.






Michael Hovnanian, double bass

Michael Hovnanian grew up in the Seattle, Washington, area and began playing the bass in the public schools. His primary private teachers were James Harnett and Ronald Simon of the Seattle Symphony. An early interest in solo playing led to performances with the Seattle Symphony, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the University of Washington Symphony. He attended the University of Washington and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Frederick Tinsley of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1986, he joined the Victoria Symphony as principal bass, and became a member of the bass section of the San Antonio Symphony in 1988. Since 1989, he has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to being a member of the Chicago Symphony, Hovnanian is active performing solo and chamber music in the Chicago area. He has performed on the CSO Chamber Music series at Orchestra Hall and at the Art Institute of Chicago and with Chicago Pro Musica and the Winter Chamber Music Festival of Northwestern University.

In addition to performing, Michael Hovnanian currently is president of Discordia Music, Inc., a publishing company specializing in new and arranged works for double bass. He also is cofounder of the International Bottesini Society, an organization dedicated to promoting the legacy of that composer.


Series Background: Artist-in-Residence Barry Lieberman, artistic director and founder of The American String Project, presents a series of recitals and master classes by noted performers, including Seattle Symphony players, touring symphony musicians, young innovators, and rising classical music stars.


Upcoming events in this series:

Jan. 11 Master Class

Brechemin Auditorium

2 p.m.




Jan. 12 Concert

Brechemin Auditorium

2 p.m.

$15 (cash or check at the door)