Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981, Henrik went through intensive course of music education offered by the State and in 1997 received full tuition to attend the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory of Music, where he studied with distinguished Professors Suren Akhnazaryan (violin) and Gayane Akhnazaryan (chamber music). During his studies he was the concertmaster and a frequent soloist with the Conservatory Baroque Orchestra, the first group to introduce stylistically aware musical performances of the Baroque Music in Armenia. After a short tenure as the concertmaster of the Yerevan Festival Orchestra and concert trips in Europe, My Karapetyan relocated to the USA to pursue his graduate degree, first at Wayne State University (MM) and later, at University of Michigan School of Music (DMA, 2010) on full scholarship.
In 2003, while still in school, Henrik Karapetyan had won a contracted position with the Detroit Opera Orchestra and has been performing with the group since.
Along with his Classical performances Dr Karapetyan has been very active in the folk scene of Michigan, becoming one of the most sought after folk/alternative violinists in Michigan. He is an original/founding member of a number of bands and projects,
including Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet (World Music, original compositions), Klezmephonic (Klezmer), Duo Mosaic (Folk), Sharp Jazz Trio (Jazz), and a few others. He has performed in prestigious festivals such as Jazz Ascona (Switzerland) and Detroit Jazz Festival, among others. As a Classical violinist, Mr Karapetyan has performed chamber music in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.
Dr Karapertyan’s violin appears in numerous CD-s. As a producer or co-producer he has released 7 albums with musical content ranging from Western Classical to Klezmer, Near Eastern and World Music. His last recording, a multidisciplinary art project called
VOX, was released in 2022.
Henrik Karapetyan now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is busy performing, teaching, arranging as well as managing a “transatlantic” violin and bow sales business, Karapetyan Violins, along with his brother, violinist Hrayr Karapetyan (Belgium).
Heaton-Karapetyan Duet was formed shortly after Eliot Heaton joined Detroit Opera as its concertmaster. The two have performed dozens of programs together, playing music from the 17th to 21st Centuries