We cross the river to interview Lilit Hartunian for today's #10Questions installment! Find out about her projects, favorite pastimes, and why she will always have Paris.
What is your profession?
Where do you live?
What's a cool project you're currently working on?
I've wanted to release a solo CD of contemporary works for violin for a long time, and am finally going for it! I've been really fortunate to have some of my favorite composers write beautiful pieces for me over the past few years, and can't wait to put them all together.
What's your current favorite Boston bar or restaurant?
BackBar in Somerville! They make amazing cocktails and have the perfect atmosphere for good conversation. I've had my last four birthdays there, and this year my drink came with a giant flaming dragon candle— it was amazing!
Random fact/hidden talent about yourself?
Not so hidden because I take pictures and show off all the time, but I really love to cook and bake as a low-pressure way of creative self-expression.
What does it mean to live a creative life?
Enjoying process has to be the most important factor. For everything that is presented, there are countless unseen hours that go into making it happen. Those hours lead to friendships, insights. My answer to this questions changes daily (just like my schedule!), but I am my most creative self when I practice every single day and push myself outside of my comfort zone with my repertoire choices. Also, talking to other creative people is so important— you never know what could spark an idea for a future project or collaboration!
I am powered by/run on _________________?
(The good kind of) Fear. Every time I receive a piece of new music and think to myself "this is so crazy; I'm never going to be able to do this," I end up having the most rewarding and positive performance experience and find out that I can push myself to learn and do things that I couldn't before. It's thrilling and gets me fired up for my next project.
What emoji best describes you?
If you weren't in Boston in 2017, what city and era would you be most at home in?
1920's Paris...or present day Paris...as long as I'm in Paris, I would be happy.
Name the next three fascinating #bosarts people we should send these questions to next.
The ultimate new music power couple of Boston, Gabriela Diaz and Jeffrey Means, and superwoman Sarah Bob.