BELMONT, Mass. — Haig Hovsepian of Belmont is a son and grandson of musicians and the cousin of the most famous violinists performing today. Still, he said in a recent interview that his career choice as a violinist is an accident.
“My family said there are enough musicians in the world. It is a tough life,” he recalled, laughing.
The young violin virtuoso is the son of Ani Hovsepian, a pianist who often accompanies him, and the grandson of Anahit Tsitsikyan, the first female professional violinist in Armenia, and the cousin of Sergey Khachatryan, an internationally acclaimed violinist who has the distinction of being the youngest winner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2000 as well as the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition in 2005.
His father, Jirair Hovsepian, concurred, adding, “We never wanted it. It is the hardest field to go into.”
To which his son added, “It is how I want to make my living. I can’t see my life without music.”
Hovsepian, a rising sophomore at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), was 4 years old when his mother’s friend, a violin teacher, as a lark, asked him to test out a small violin and play a few notes. Little Haig took to it and ended up studying the violin.