The ancient Persian stringed instrument, the kamancheh, has been transformed into a much-respected concertizing instrument by Russian-born and Los Angeles-based instrumentalist and composer Andranik Aroustamian. Since emigrating to the United States in 1971, Andranik has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. In a review of a 1998 concert, "The Village Voice" wrote, "(Aroustamian) tossed off a cadenza that could have been written by Paganini, with speed that few westerners could match". "The Armenian-English Press" agreed, writing that, "Aroustamian is without doubt the foremost living kamanchrist."
Born to a musical family, Aroustamian studied music as a youngster in Kharkov, Russia, and continued his musical education after moving to Iran. In 1946, he returned to Russia and settling in the Armenian city of Yerevan. For many years, he conducted the city's Ensemble Of Folklorist Instruments. Aroustamian also served as kamencheh soloist with the Yerevan Armenian State Philharmonic and, later, with the Baku Azerbaijan Philharmonic. He was guest soloist and concert master with the oriental section of the Moiseyev Dance Ensemble.