Leon Khoja-Eynatyan

Percussion Faculty
Mallet Instruments
Drum Set
Program Area: 
Adult Studies
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Mr. Khoja-Eynatyan holds both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music from the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, and the Maimonides State Conservatory, located in Moscow, Russia. He also graduated with honors from the Komitas National Conservatory.

Awards and achievements: 

Many of Mr. Khoja-Eynatyan's accomplishments are reflected in his involvement with various organizations and ensembles over the years. He has been a member of the American Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble, and the Moscow Modern Music Ensemble. In addition, he has taught at the Yerevan Conservatory and the Spendiarov School of Music.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Leon has also had a close relationship with the church over the years, as he served for many years as an organist and conductor at St. Mary's Church, and in 2000, founded the church's well-known Narek Bell Choir. He also served on the Diocese's Sacred Music Council, and for four years, led its Boyajian Choir Leadership Development Program for young choir members.

Interests outside of music: 

Outside of the music world, Mr. Khoja-Eynatyan is also a Reverend. He began taking courses at Catholic University of American in Washington, and in 2008 enrolled at St. Neress Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, New York. He was ordained to the diaconate in August 2008, and graduated from St. Neress Seminary in May of 2010.

Work experience: 

Served as the Chair of the Percussion Department at the Levine School of Music, was a member of ko’mm percussion and “Sacumba” World Percussion quartet. Founding member of YERPER (Yerevan Percussion Ensemble). Played with the Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble and Moscow Contemporary Ensemble. Performed in the U.S., France, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Swiss, Greece, Poland, and other European countries, as well as in the NIS countries. Since he moved to the United States, he has appeared with several orchestras and music groups as well as being a soloist at various venues including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, White House, Smithsonian Institution, Strathmore Hall and Wolf Trap.