Marta Bagratuni made her orchestral debut at the age of 12 playing Haydn’s C major Concerto with the Leopolis Chamber Orchestra of L’viv, Ukraine. Ukrainian/Armenian/American cellist, Marta Bagratuni is an acclaimed soloist, chamber and orchestral musician extensively performing music from classical to rock to jazz providing a daring figure of classical music’s new generation of artists. At her 2012 Weill Recital Hall debut recital sponsored by Musical Armenia, she provided “a special, compelling introspective moment, with the deeply moving interpretation” (Armenian Weekly) of her arrangement of Komitas’ Groong.
Recently, Marta released her debut concept recording, “Pieces of the World” – a 300 year journey of music written for the cello spanning 13 composers from different countries, ending with a piece specifically written for the recording featuring singing and playing. Containing no liner notes and a pop-culture cover, “Pieces of the World” is a bold representation of classical music’s new generation of artists. Marta’s solo 2013 Kickstarter fundraiser for Pieces of the World was chosen as a Kickstarter staff pick for classical music projects and projects made in Michigan. In addition to Pieces of the World, Marta has been featured as a side-woman for numerous recordings such as Armenian Premieres (Blue Griffin Recording) and Watercolors (Elm Street Recording). Tracks from “Pieces of the World” have been featured on Mid-Michigan’s Classical 90.5 FM.
Marta made her performance debut in the Newport Music Festival at age five, her international debut in St. Gallen International Festival in Switzerland at age nine and her orchestral debut at age 12. Following those debuts, Miss Bagratuni performed extensively at venues such as: Stern Hall, Weill Hall, Orchestra Hall (Detroit), the Kennedy Center, Wharton Center (East Lansing), Miller Auditorium (Kalamazoo), Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor), Ichou Hall (Japan), Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy, ZK Matthew’s Hall (South Africa) among many other large and intimate stages. As an orchestral musician, Marta has served as principal of the Highline Chamber Orchestra, Michigan State University Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra and has been a member of CityMusic Cleveland, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, New York Women’s Ensemble and iPalpiti. Born into a musical family, Marta received full scholarship degrees from the University of Michigan (high honors) and Michigan State University, regularly performing at Cello Plus Music Festival (East Lansing), Grazhda Center for Music and Art (Hunter, NY) and Charleston Music Fest (South Carolina).