Born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1975, violinist Lilit Danielyan
began music lessons at a young age. Her father, Eduard Danielyan, a
historian and head of The Institute of Foreign Languages,
recognized young Lilit's talent for music and taught her to play
the piano. At age six, when it was time for her to enter the
Tchaikovsky School of Music in Armenia, Danielyan was introduced to
When she was just 12, Danielyan made her professional debut with
the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Saint-Saëns' Violin
Concerto No. 3. As a student, she won numerous awards, including
Second Prize at the Soviet Youth Violin Competition in Odessa,
Ukraine, in 1989 and First Prize at the International Mozart
Competition in Belgium in 1991. From 1990-91, she performed with
the philharmonic in Vienna, Austria, as well as on its first
Since receiving her diploma in music from the Tchaikovsky School
of Music in Armenia in 1992, Danielyan has gone on to achieve
success and international recognition. Soon after graduation, she
moved to London to study violin at the Royal College of Music,
where she was awarded, in 1993, the Ian Stoutzker and Isolda Manges
Violin Prize and the Helen Just Prize for Chamber Music. She won
the Royal College of Music's Concerto Competition in 1994, and in
1995 was awarded a private scholarship after an audition for
conductor Sir Georg Solti.
While in London, Lilit Danielyan played in the first violin
section of London Mozart Players. She also performed recitals
throughout the United Kingdom. She earned her bachelor's degree
from the Royal College of Music in 1995. She attended Guildhall
School of Music and Drama in the year of 1996 and studied with
In 1997, Danielyan became a member of the first violin section of
the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. Later that year, she moved to
the United States and enrolled in the master's degree program at
Bowling Green State University in Ohio. While studying at Bowling
Green, Danielyan was Concertmistress of both the Perrysburg (Ohio)
Symphony Orchestra and the Bowling Green Philharmonia. In 1998, she
was named Associate Principal Second Violin of the Toledo Symphony.
She became Principal Second Violin in May of 1999, the same year
she graduated from Bowling Green.
Danielyan began her post as violinist with the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra in 2000. She joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2011.
Lilit resides with her husband and two children in Plano. Her
husband Grigor is a flutist.
There's more about Ms. Danielyan on the DSO