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Alishan Merjanian has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance (emphasis Classical Piano) from San Jose State University. He is also a certified Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Ever since he was a small boy, he has been determined to become a better teacher than the teachers he had. This is what led him to discover the writings of Dr. Suzuki and then to pursue training to become a Suzuki teacher.
His musical education started from before his birth as he would listen to the music of his mother, a pianist and piano teacher. From the day he was born, he was surrounded by excellent recordings of the best music, so that music became his native language.
He was first instructed in piano playing by his mother, Christine, and later learned violin and viola from his father, Stepan. At age 14 he joined the San Jose Youth Symphony where he played viola 4 years, including going on tour to Spain with International Van Cliburn Competition winner Jon Nakamatsu.
During those years he was trained by Dr. Nataly Gingis to a very high level of pianism. With her patient coaching, he was able to accomplish the following:
He then spent a year at the BIOLA University Conservatory of Music, studying piano with Dr. Li-Shan Hung as well as taking viola lessons, participating in chamber music and the Biola Symphony Orchestra.
Returning to San Jose, Alishan studied music intensely at SJSU. He participated 4 years in Concert Choir under Dr. Julie Yu, J.D. Burnett, and Dr. Amanda Quist, as well as 2 years in Symphony Orchestra as Principal Viola, and 2 years in chamber groups coached by the Cypress String Quartet. He studied collaborative piano with Sharon Brook, voice with Joseph Frank and Layna Chianakas, and piano performance with Dr. Gwendolyn Mok and Dr. Namiq Sultanov.
Alishan completed all 7 levels of Suzuki Piano teacher training at the Holy Names University Summer Suzuki Institute with Caroline Fraser. He has taken Violin level 1 with Judy Bossuat-Gallic and Pat D'Ercole, and levels 2-3 with Linda Fiore at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and he plans to return every summer until he is fully certified.
For a more personal view of Alishan, see about.me/alishanmer