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Urbandale March 2016 Teacher Feature: Asia Brutian-Grant
By West Music Company
3/1/2016 8:01:00 AM
Asia Brutian-Grant was born in Yerevan, Armenia to a musical family. Her father was professional cellist, and her grandmother was professional pianist and composer. Her father’s family included professional  musicians, artists, and sculptors. The Arshak Brutian Music School in Gumri, Armenia was named after her great-grandfather.

Asia began her education at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Special Music School for Gifted Children. Her musical training since first grade was heavily focused on technique, tone, articulation, the art of performance, theory, and music critique. After graduating with a Bachelors of Music degree she was accepted into the Komitas Armenian State Conservatory. She studied under Anahit Bogdanian, who was a pupil of the legendary Professor Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory. While in school, Asia performed numerous solos, with chamber ensembles, orchestras, and stood out for her musicality and a unique tone. She completed her Doctorate in Piano Pedagogy at the Komitas Armenian State Conservatory.

Dr. Grant continued teaching at Music Schools in Yerevan, and also at the Jazz Studio of the Ministry of Culture, Yerevan, Armenia. Asia is one of the most sought-after piano instructors. Under her tutelage students have won competitions, and were prepared to be accepted to Conservatory. Upon moving to USA, she was performing with solo and duo concerts. She was immediately in high demand to instruct Master Classes. She has been a resident of Sioux Falls, SD since 1994.

Dr. Grant has served as a President for Sioux Falls Area of Music Teachers Association (SFAMTA), and is an active MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) member. Has volunteered with Solo Piano Concerts for the Good Samaritan, and Dow Rummel Villages, and has performed monthly solos at Lincoln Hills Bible Church.

In March 2012 Asia founded the annual Grant Piano Competition. Students from Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas are rewarded cash prizes. The goal of the Annual Grant Piano Competition is to give the young pianist an opportunity to sharpen their performing skills and reward them for their hard work.

Asia speaks fluent English, Armenian, Russian, and some Spanish.



Tags: P.I. Tchaikovsky Special Music School for Gifted Children, Arshak Brutian Music School in Gumri, Komitas Armenian State Conservatory, Anahit Bogdanian, Lev Naumov, Moscow Conservatory, Piano Pedagogy, Komitas Armenian State Conservatory, Jazz Studio of the Ministry of Culture, Sioux Falls Area of Music Teachers Association, SFAMTA, MTN, Music Teachers National Association,
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