Michael Aram Hovnanian was born and raised in the metro Detroit area. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees under the instruction of Jack Budrow at Michigan State University. Michael received Bachelor degrees in both Music and Music Education from Central Michigan University. He has also studied with Stephen Molina and Larry Hutchinson of the Detroit Symphony, Robert Goodlett of the Indianapolis Symphony, and Lawrence Angell, formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra.
In addition to being a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Michael has performed with numerous orchestras throughout Michigan, including the Detroit Symphony, and has held positions with the Kalamazoo, Midland, and Lansing symphonies.
Michael is also currently the Associate Principal Bass of the West Michigan Symphony (formerly West Shore Symphony Orchestra) and Principal Bass of the Baroque on Beaver Island Festival, and is an active double bass teacher, instructing a large private studio as well as being on faculty at Calvin College.
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