Name: Michael Aram Hovnanian
Birthplace: Southfield, MI
Instrument/Title: Assistant Principal Bass
Member since: 2007
1. How did you get started in
My father was a huge classical music aficionado, so I was exposed to music from
the day I was born, and that really set the stage for my love of symphonic
music. I was also inspired by a couple of my cousins who played
instruments. I wanted to emulate them, so I started playing cello in
elementary school long before switching to the double bass. I can't leave
out the impact of the soundtrack to the Star Wars movies; I love those scores
to this day!
do you like the best about your instrument?
I love being the
foundation upon which the harmony, melody, and counterpoint are built.
3. If you could play another
instrument, what would it be and why?
The cello. It is such a beautiful instrument and has so much great
4. How do
you handle mistakes during a performance?
do my best to put them out of my mind and stay in the moment. I will have
plenty of time to beat myself up over them later!
5. What have been some of your
favorite musical moments so far?
Too many to list, but these are a few that come to mind: playing Beethoven's 9th with the Detroit Symphony, performing at Carnegie Hall With the GRS, and doing
a symphony concert and a Halloween punk rock show on the same day was a blast!
6. What do you enjoy the most about
The opportunity to touch people in a deep and profound way.
7. What do you enjoy doing when
you’re not performing?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and son most of
all. I also enjoy video games, comics, and movies. Pretty much
anything nerd related!
is the last book you read?
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking (it was
definitely a bit over my head at times!).
is your favorite musician or band?
10. What would you
like people to know about the Grand Rapids Symphony?
Every member of our
orchestra is equally passionate about both the music we make and the positive
impact it can have on our community.