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A lecture given by Beatrice Ohanessian at the University of Minnesota is now available on the CHGS YouTube channel. In the lecture, Ms. Ohanessian discusses her mother's family's experience during the Armenian genocide. Her mother and two uncles survived the genocide. Click here to watch the video.
Beatrice Ohanessian (1927-2008) was born in Baghdad to Armenian parents; her mother and two uncles were survivors of the Armenian genocide. She was the premier concert pianist in Iraq, as well as a composer. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and received a Fullbright Scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York. She moved permanently to the U.S. in 1994, where she settled in the Minneapolis area near her brother Arsham and sister Sita. She taught piano the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas.
Beatrice was featured on Minnesota Public Radio in 2004; click here to read the feature.
To read her obituary in the Star Tribune, click here.