Dr. Ovanes Arakelyan began his music studies in Armenia, and later in Russia. Hi instructors include Daniel Pollack, USC and Dr. Stewart Gordon, Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Arakelyan has had numerous performances throughout the United States and abroad, reaching concert stages, such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. He is a faculty member of Venutra College, Oxnard College and Glendale Community College. He teaches class and applied piano, chamber groups, keyboard harmony and music fundamentals, as well as Understanding Music and Dance and Rock History.
Dr. Arakelyan has conducted ethnomusicological research on the folk elements in the piano music of Armenian composers of the early and mid-20th century. He has held numerous lecture recitals on this topic at various college throughout California. He is currently writing a textbook on keyboard harmony, which will be used in college classes.