Ms. Ahramjian is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she was a scholarship student, working with Ivan Galamian and Margaret Pardee. She received her Master of Music degree from Indiana University, studying with Josef Gingold, and did post-graduate study with Paul Rolland at the University of Illinois finishing all course work for a DMA.
Her students have attended Julliard, Curtis, and the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin and essentially all the Ivy League Schools. They have won many awards and honors, including performance opportunities with the Philadelphia, Lancaster, Delaware and Lansdowne Symphony Orchestras. Two of her students have won the National Competition of the Music Teachers National Association in the High School Division. Her college quartet from West Chester won the Eastern Division of that Competition and was a finalist at the national competition. Former students hold positions in the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, and Tempesta di Mare, an early music group in Philadelphia. Many of them hold teaching positions at colleges and public and private schools nationwide.
Sylvia Ahramjian was professor of violin and viola at West Chester University in Pennsylvania for over 35 years, where she was an active performer on both violin and viola. She was adjunct professor of violin and viola at Temple University in Philadelphia. She was an artist faculty member for many years at the Wilmington Music School, now the Music School of Delaware. She founded the Chamber Music Workshop there as well as the “String Club” .She has been on the faculty at summer festivals including the Governor’s School for the Arts in Pennsylvania (2006-2008), the International Suzuki Festival in Puerto Rico (2009), the Blue Mountain Festival, the Adirondack Music Camp, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico (1995-96), and at the International Festival in Brasov, Romania (2002-2004), the Goppisberg Festival in Switzerland (1996-97) and the Luzerne Music Center (1983-1995) where she was head of string chamber music. In the fall of 2014 she was adjunct professor of violin at Ithaca College.
She was concertmaster of the Lancaster Symphony in Pennsylvania for over 20 years and Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony for 18 years. Sylvia Ahramjian has performed both violin viola on the Upper Hudson Concert Series, the Adirondack Ensemble Series, the Luzerne Music Center Concert Series, and the Camerata Philadelphia Series on numerous occasions.
She has performed with the Magie Barocche International Festival at several venues in Italy and was a guest artist with Colloquy, a contemporary chamber ensemble, at St. Martin within Ludgate Church in London. In the summer of 2014 she performed, and taught master classes in Limeira, Brazil.
Sylvia Ahramjian has appeared as soloist with the Delaware, Newark, Kennett, Dover, and Lancaster Symphonies in the Philadelphia area. A frequent performer in Romania she has performed with the Bucharest Sinfonia, the Ploiesti Philharmonic and with orchestras in Bacau, and Ramnicu-Valcea. Together with her husband, cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, she has presented duo recitals in Rome and Venice, Italy. Important venues for chamber music have included the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, and the Romanian Embassies in Venice, Rome, London and Washington. This July she will perform the Brahms Concerto with Limeira Symphony orchestra in Brazil. In 2002 she was part of a delegation from West Chester University that visited China where she offered several lecture-recitals on American Music at Macau University and the Shanghai Teachers University, as well as a Master Class to students at the Shanghai University. Sylvia Ahramjian was invited to return to China where she presented Master Classes and performances at both China Conservatory in Beijing and Ghoizhou University.