Araxie Altounian holds a Médaille d’or in piano performance from the Conservatoire Régional de Val Maubuée in France, and a PhD D in Musicology from the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon.
Dr. Altounian has been active as a lecturer, writer, as well as a pianist, in Lebanon and in Canada. She has several published articles and a book to her credit, has collaborated with the Music Matters (RCM newsletter for teachers), The New York Concert Review, Keghart.com and is a frequent contributor to the Torontohye (the Toronto Armenian monthly). She has also given workshops for music teachers.
With over 35 years of teaching experience, she presently maintains an active piano studio in Thornhill, and is a past faculty member of Euromusic Centre for Music Studies in Markham (1996 – 2013). Her students have won numerous prizes and scholarships at various local and provincial festivals and competitions, as well as Regional Gold Medals (previously called Silver Medals) in RCM examinations (highest provincial mark). Past students include several RCM graduates, some of whom have pursued music professionally.
Dr. Altounian has held an active role in her community. A past member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (1996- 2006), she has twice served as president of the North York-York Region Branch, and was coordinator of the Toronto Zone competitions. Since 2003 she has been serving as Music Director of the Markham Music Festival. She is the 2016 recipient of the “Steinway & Sons Top Music Teacher Award”.