Violinist from Novosibirsk. He began to study the violin at the age of five. In 1999, at 13, Simonyan made his New York debut at Lincoln Center with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra and his debut in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Mariinsky Theatre in ARYO's joint concert with the Mariinsky Youth Orchestra, performing the Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1. He has earned first prize awards at the All-Russia Competition in St. Petersburg, the Siberian Violin Competition, the National Prize Prizvanie in Moscow, and the Salon de Virtuosi in New York. He is a winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Award, and received the 2000 Virtuoso of the Year award in St. Petersburg...