Violinist Catherine Manoukian has been praised for her innate musicality and imaginative artistry on orchestral, chamber music and recital stages. As grand prize winner of the 1994 Canadian Music Competition she made her orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony at age 12. Her unique interest in both philosophy and music has led to a thoughtful career filled with international engagements and numerous recording projects.
Manoukian has achieved an impressive list of accomplishments including guest performances with many major North American and international orchestras including the Toronto Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Manitoba Chamber and CBC Radio Orchestras as well as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Osaka Century Orchestra, the Armenian Philharmonic, the Helsingborg Symphony, the Norrköping Symphony, and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a recitalist, she has appeared on major stages in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Tokyo and Osaka and as a chamber musician at the Aspen, Caramoor, and Newport International festivals. She has collaborated with such esteemed conductors as Mario Bernardi, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Keith Lockhart, Roy Goodman, Peter Oundjian, Tomomi Nishimoto, Seikyo Kim, and Stefan Solyom.
With an affinity for recording and an inestimable curiosity for the violin repertoire, Catherine Manoukian maintains an extensive discography. Between 1998 and 2010 five full-length records have bees released: "Elegies and Rhapsodies" (1998), a debut recital collection, "Chopin on Violin" (1999), consisting of transcriptions for violin of works by Chopin, "Lyricism" (2002), a collection of encores, and Catherine Manoukian, Violin (2006), featuring the Shostakovich A minor and Khatchaturian Violin Concertos, recorded with the Armenian Philharmonic under Eduard Topchjan, and a pairing of the Franck and Strauss E-flat major sonatas, with pianist Xiayin Wang (2010).
Ms. Manoukian's intense inquisitiveness extends far beyond the violin. She holds multiple degrees, including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in history and philosophy from the University of Toronto and her doctoral research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, explored the nature of rationality, from the dual perspectives of philosophy and neuroscience. A secondary interest in philosophical aesthetics created the bridge between these academic ventures and Catherine's musical career.
Catherine Manoukian began violin studies with her father, and made her first stage appearance at the age of four. From 1994 to 2000, Catherine studied with the late violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay in New York City.