Entrepreneurial Student Launches CD

Introducing “Pieces of the World”

Marta Bagratuni has been performing as a musician since she was four years old. As a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and singer, she has been concertizing from East Lansing to Johannesburg, and made her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Bagratuni's talent and ambitions reached a point of culmination in May 2013. Around that time, she not only graduated with her master’s degree in performance in cello, but she also managed to produce a 15-track CD and raise the necessary $8,000 to make it happen.

Her debut CD "Pieces of the World" was released in July. The CD is a compilation of Bagratuni's travels and her experiences playing more than 300 years worth of classical music written for the cello by composers from around the world. The CD includes collaborations with other Michigan-based artists as well as visual art. The last track on the CD is a world-premiere recording of a piece written by Armenian chamber music composer, Vache Sharafyan.


As a graduate assistant at the College of Music, Bagratuni won the Honor's Concerto Competition in 2011, led MSU Symphony's cello section as principal cellist, participated in local, national, and international recitals, taught a private cello studio of 15 students, and performed at local outreach events such as the Greater Lansing Community Concert Series. Bagratuni is the 2013 Arts Council of Greater Lansing Emerging Artist and was also awarded a $1,000 grant to fund her CD project.

Click here to preview “Pieces of the World” on iTunes.

You can click here to watch Bagratuni’s Kick-Starter fundraising video that helped her raise more than $8,000.

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