Q: What guitar do you play? A: I play a cedar 2012 Jean Rompré.
Q: What strings do you use? A: For a long time I played Savarez Cantiga basses and Augustine Regal or Hannabach Silver Special 815. About a year ago I switched to Royal Classic Recital strings. I like them for their really warm and clear trebles and really powerful and full basses. I use all strings in normal or medium tension.
Q: Where is your name from? A: I’m Armenian, but my name is Armenian, Persian, and Indian. In Armenian it means opal, but in the other languages it simply means gem or jewel.
Q: How long have you been playing? A: I’ve been playing since I was about 5 years old.
Q: How many hours do you practice? A: I practice on average about 4 hours a day. I find that after 4 hours, I’m just moving my fingers and not being productive.
Q: Did you use any specific method book when you were first learning the guitar? A: No, I did not. I learned various pieces from different sources that were meant to challenge and concentrate on various techniques.
Q: Spruce or Cedar? A: I used to play a spruce, pretty much all my life, but my heart always belonged to a cedar.
Q: Who made the arrangement of the La Vida Breve you play and is it available for purchase? A: The short answer, it’s a combination of my own arrangement and one of Keigo Fujii’s, available in PDF form online if you search for it. I used that as a base, but I changed a few octaves of the accompaniment, I added notes in some places and took a couple of ornaments out. I changed the part around the descending scale and changed the fingerings in a number of places. I didn’t write any of it down, because it was easier to just memorize it than to write the changes. It’s not available for purchase, but maybe sometime in the future when I have the time to write it down.