Violinist Marina Manukian has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a violinist extraordinaire…whose virtuosity is exceeded only by her calmness and confidence, working through the intricacies with masterful grace and strength.” A native of Armenia, Marina studied at the prestigious Mozarteum School of Music in Salzburg, Austria, and graduated from the University of Southern California with Highest Honors. Her teachers include Georgi Ajemian, Alice Schoenfeld, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh and Sydney Weiss. She is the winner of numerous awards including first prize in the National Young Artist Competition in the former U.S.S.R., the Aspen International Music Festival and the Herb Alpert Music Award from A & M records. In addition to performing with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Marina maintains an active solo and chamber music career and also records for motion pictures and television. Since 2006 she has been the Artistic Director for the Enlightenment Chamber Music series, and her recordings “Brahms Violin Sonatas” and “Inspiration” with pianist Bryan Pezzone have received critical acclaim, aired on major radio stations worldwide.