B i o g r a p h y
Oshagan was born into a musical family. His mother began teaching him piano when he was three years old. He added cello studies when he was ten.
Oshagan completed his Bachelor's Degree in cello performance at Cal State University, Northridge under the tutelage of Dr. Diane Roscetti. During his time there, Oshagan was awarded the CSUN Arts Council Scholarship for Extraordinary Achievement in Music, made the Dean's List three times, was selected to be the cellist for the competitive Samuel Goldberg Honors String Quartet, and sat first-chair in the cello section of the CSUN Symphony Orchestra. After this he earned the Masters Degree in Cello Performance from UCLA, studying with Antonio Lysy. At UCLA, Oshagan was awarded the Gluck Foundation Scholarship, was a member of the UCLA Gluck Cello Quartet, and received the coveted Mangasar M. Mangasarian Scholarship. He was principal cello in the UCLA Opera Orchestra for the West Coast premier of Janice Hammer's, Lost Childhood. Oshagan most recently completed the two-year Certificate in Music Performance program at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music on full scholarship. At the Moores School, he was cellist for the highly selective AURA Contemporary Ensemble - an innovative and professional-caliber ensemble dedicated to the performance of chamber music composed in the last two decades.
Oshagan began to develop his passion for teaching in 2010 in San Jose, California. Since then he has maintained and expanded his teaching to Southern California and Texas, where he has taught piano and cello to students of all ages. He has coached youth orchestra cello sections and is loved by his students everywhere for his caring, thorough, patient - yet persistent - approach which treats each student as an individual and helps them achieve their personal best.
Oshagan's drive to provide high-level musical training was birthed early in his life through his own educational journey. His goal is to help each student reach their full potential. He cares about excellent music making and, even more, is interested in the character developed by striving for musical excellence. He believes every human, child and adult, has an inherent love for music and a musical voice they need to express. This is why he finds great fulfillment in helping students of all levels and ages realize their musical dreams through classical music lessons. At Oshagan Merjanian Music, you can!