[INFOCUS] ASTGHIK POGHOSYAN
Born in 1993, Astghik Poghosyan started violin at the age of 5 years old. In 2009 she graduated from the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan, Armenia. Right after graduation, she won a scholarship for continuing her undergraduate degree studies at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, with the renowned Chinese Professor Zhi Nuo Ding. Astghik performed on numerous music festivals stages and music competitions through Europe and Asia, including Germany, Lithuania, China, Indonesia etc.
Her recent career highlights include artistic direction and performance at The Carnegie Hall, New York City for the annual gala concert of the Armenian General Benevolent Union.
Member of the Armenian Students Union of China, in 2005 Astghik is selected as a member of the executive committee of the Armenian Community of China. In collaboration with Chinahay, she organized and performed in numerous events such as Armenian Genocide 100-years Commemoration Day in Shanghai.
Living far from her motherland, Astghik uses every opportunity to promote Armenian culture by regularly organizing Armenian theme concert series through Asia and becomes the permanent guest of the Chinese famous TV show “We are Family”, where she promotes, talks about and represents Armenian culture and traditions.
Since 2012 Astghik organizes ”Turn on your heart” charity activities and concerts series, where with the students of SCM and other Chinese universities, she regularly plays concerts and organizes cultural activities for the kids and adults with autism and other physical disorders.
In 2013 Astghik becomes lead violin of the Shanghai based immersive art collective THE POLYMORPH EXTRA. One year later, Astghik is the recipient of the AGBU Performing Arts Fellowship, rewarding her post graduate studies at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In 2016, Astghik is elected as the President of the Armenian Students Union in China and becomes a member of the Post Graduate Students Union of the SCO before being elected as Head of the International Students Union at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Currently, Astghik is a 3rd year Post Graduate student at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, majoring in the violin performance, where she studies with the famous violinist and professor Vera Wei-Ling Tsu.