The Providence International Plucked String Festival
June 18-20, 2004

A Celebration of Plucked String Music from Around the World


Richard Berberian is a classically trained musician who holds an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Doctoral Degree from Boston University.

Musically, Berberian's first love is playing the oud and preserving traditional Armenian village folk dances. Much of his repertoire was learned from his grandparents and was passed down through the family. His great-grandfather, Sarkis Balian, is credited with composing the Armenian classic, Mayr Araxi Aperov.

Berberian is actively engaged performing at concerts, weddings and dances throughout the United States and abroad. He has five recordings to his credit that have all been sell-out hits.

Additionally, Berberian has held teaching positions at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Boston University and Northeastern University in Music Business and Entrepreneurship.


Trained as a classical guitarist, Mal Barsamian obtained his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. His passion however is for International music, making him a sought-after musician amongst the Armenian, Greek and Middle Eastern ensembles around the country.

Barsamian's versatility includes being an accomplished artist on a number of Middle Eastern instruments, including the Oud and Dumbeg, as well as Western instruments such as the Guitar, Clarinet and Saxophone.

Barsamian has performed with Richard Berberian for over twenty years as a featured clarinetist. The pair has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as providing music for PBS television specials on historic Armenian music and folk dances. Tonight he will be accompanying Berberian on Guitar.


Jacob Tanoglu is one of a handful of masters of the Kanun in the U.S. He is an authority on the folk and dance music of his native ethnic Assyrian heritage. Additionally, Tanoglu has command of a repertoire of Armenian, Greek and Middle Eastern music of all styles.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Tanoglu migrated to the United States and currently resides in Worcester, MA. He studied Kanun at the renowned Music Conservatory in Elazig, Turkey. He has actively performed on Kanun throughout the United States for over twenty years.


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