As a child whose parents were physicists, Arthur Avanesov chose a different professional path. “I wanted to become a physician badly, but my interests shifted when I was 11 or 12,” says Avanesov. His dream of becoming a musician started with wanting to play on a harpsichord. He finally got into the conservatory and played on a harpsichord. Still, his professional choice didn’t satisfy his family due to the circumstances in Armenia. “My parents felt a little sorry because it wasn’t the best time for Armenia then. Musicians suddenly felt like they weren’t needed anymore. Even musicians discouraged me by saying that it wasn’t the best time to be one in Armenia,” he explains. Music also became a source for creating his own world and exploring his love for playing musical instruments. Avanesov mentions: “Both of my parents are physicists, and for me playing an instrument gave sense of having my own space.”
Just like any of us, Avanesov, too, felt pressured to perform in front of a big audience. He explained that his anxiety was due to the age at which he started to play the piano. Yet, he overcame the obstacles. “I was scared of that. I remember I played piano on the stage for the first time. It was relatively late because the kids usually perform when they’re very young. That wasn’t my case. I was in the sixth grade in front of a relatively big audience. I remember my foot wildly shaking on the pedal of the piano. Then, later on, I worked in that direction and removed that shaking. I worked on my mistakes and thought of what I could improve. More experience helped me for sure.”
For some people, playing an instrument or listening to music is a way to escape the reality, but for Avanesov it is the opposite. He says: “Music gives a feeling of a community. When you are depressed and the music is depressive as well, it means that the author of this music felt the same way as you.”
Avanesov mentions that his hobbies change from time to time. An interesting discovery about the beloved instructor is his love for swimming and solving math problems. “For a couple of years, my hobby was swimming. I took that very seriously. I swam two kilometers every day. That was quite fascinating for me. I also have a hobby that didn’t change. I love cooking especially for guests.”
Avanesov considers teaching as one of his purposes but also adds: “Although I spend most of my time teaching, I try to stay afloat in terms of being a musician. I have several concerts. Music helps me realize that there is a purpose. I would feel absolutely miserable if I had to give up playing music.”
How many times do we feel like we might look unintelligent if we admit to not knowing something? Well, Avanesov has a different view on that. “I never felt ashamed to tell someone I didn’t know the answer. That triggers me. I want to dig deeper and learn new things.”
People find inspiration in different ways. Avanesov’s inspiration for making music comes “either from vague feelings or from certain situations.” He emphasizes that inspiration is hidden in feelings and daily life.
Life goes on, so there is no need to lay back or try to avoid changes. As Arthur Avanesov ‘s experience taught, “Embracing life shifts only helps to discover more about yourself.”