A native of Yerevan, Armenia, Azat Fishyan began studying violin at the age of seven at Sayat Nova Music School. At the age of ten he debuted as a soloist with the Yerevan Chamber Orchestra and later he joined the Yuri Baghshian Chamber Orchestra as a member and soloist. Azat Fishyan is a 1st prize winner of the Richard B. Fisk Young Artist Competition and 3rd prize winner of the E. Khachaturian International Competition. Throughout his musical career, he has performed on various stages including those of Boston, Los Angeles, Providence, San Francisco, and Yerevan, as a soloist and chamber musician. Upon watching Azat perform, Serbian composer Vuk Kulenovic, professor of composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston noted that "his technique is superb which is unseen when he plays, you just listen to the music." Mr. Fishyan immigrated to the United States in 2007 where he studied at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts under the tutelage of Malcolm Lowe (Concertmaster of Boston Symphony Orchestra) and later with Hovsep Ketendjian and Hrachya Harutyunian in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, were he studied under Bettina Mussumeli and Wei He. Currently Azat lives in Zürich, Switzerland where he is Concertmaster at La Folia Chamber Orchestra and is getting his Masters Pedagogy Degree at Zürich Hochschule der Künste in the class of Sergey Malov (violin) and Marc Kissoczy (conducting).
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Azat Fishyan is also an experienced teacher. Born in a family of music teachers, Azat has taught throughout the Bay Area and Southern California. In the past 12 years of teaching, his students have progressed to become members of many youth ensembles and orchestras. As a teacher, Azat emphasizes on smart and disciplined practicing, providing strong technical foundation and a creative musicality. Having had many different teachers with varied approaches to teaching and performing, Azat Fishyan is able to tailor his teaching methods based on the students individual needs.