?IU Jacobs School of Music student receives Fulbright Award


Knar Abrahamyan received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Moscow, Russia, during the 2015-16 academic year. Courtesy Photo and Courtesy Photo

IU Jacobs School of Music piano student Knar Abrahamyan just received the Fulbright Award and will get the chance to travel the world ?doing research.

Abrahamyan will be conducting research in Moscow, Russia, during the 2015-16 academic year, according to the music school’s website.

According to the IU website, the Fulbright scholarship program grants students, scholars, professionals, teachers and administrators the opportunity to research in other countries.

“I am extremely grateful to my professors who have mentored and encouraged me during the Fulbright application process,” Abrahamyan said in a press release. “With this unique opportunity, I am hoping to produce a synthesized analytical approach for deciphering political metaphors in music and adding a compelling fresh perspective to the extant English-language scholarship on Soviet opera.”

Abrahamyan will be joining over 100,000 other Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have received these grants since the program debuted in 1948.

Abrahamyan is set to graduate in August. She is pursuing a Master’s of Music in music theory and is studying piano with music professor Luba Edlina-Dubinsky.

Abrahamyan said her research will primarily focus on the history of Russian music theory traditions and operas by Soviet composers, such as Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich.

“I intend to disseminate my research discoveries through teaching, continuing engagement with the Russian Music Theory Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory, publishing articles and presenting at music theory conferences,” Abrahamyan said in the release.

While in Moscow, Abrahamyan will be working with Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory music professors Tatiana Kyuregyan and Ekaterina Vlasova.

Besides the Fulbright Award, Abrahamyan has received multiple other honors and awards. She was the recipient of the 2012-13 Armenian General Benevolent Union Performing Arts Fellowship and the 2012 Lee University School of Music Department of Instrumental Music Performance Award.

She also won the 2011 Southern Adventist University’s Concerto Competition and was a third-prize winner at the 2010 Zelpha Wells Piano Competition.

“She has this balance of sensitivity and sophistication that makes her playing individual and intelligent, but also sincere and moving,” Dubinsky said in a press release. “I am very proud of her achievement, even amid some concerns about her going to Russia.”

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