Saro Babikian Classical Guitarist

Saro Babikian.jpegSaro Babikian was born in Damascus, Syria in 1995 and started playing the classical guitar at age 10. He attended the Solhi Al-Wadi Conservatory of Music in Damascus. In 2012 he performed at the Damascus Opera House in a concert hosted by the Ministry of Culture, for outstanding students of the conservatory. Later that same year he moved to Los Angeles and continued his guitar studies with the renowned Armenian guitarist Sarkis Turgutyan. In 2015 he was admitted to the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music Classical Guitar Program under the instruction of Scott Tennant and William Kanengiser. Saro also takes flamenco lessons with Adam del Monte at USC He graduated with honors with his BM degree in classical guitar in 2018 and been awarded scholarship from USC Thornton to continue his master’s studies in classical guitar performance. Saro has participated in numerous masterclasses with renowned musicians and guitarists such as David Russell, Pepe Romero and Paul O’Dette. Saro was also awarded several awards in various guitar competitions such Honorable Mention Award at the Gohar and Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition in. 1st prize at Intentional music competition in Serbia. Saro was invited as a guest artist to the 3rd Yerevan International Guitar Festival for in Yerevan, Armenia in 2017. Also, he has few compositions for the guitar such as Tremolo for classical guitar and has done arrangements of a set of Armenian folk songs by Gomidas for guitar and voice.  Saro regularly is invited to Armenia to hold guitar classes and play concerts. Saro also organizes concerts for his students.

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