Knar Abrahamyan is pursuing a PhD in Music Theory. Among her interests in music are intersections of analysis and performance, Russian theoretical thought, and music of the Soviet Russia. As a Fulbright fellow, prior to attending Yale, Knar spent an academic year in Moscow where her research focused on the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and theoretical writings of Yuri Kholopov. She holds a BM in Piano Performance, BA in Communications, and MM in Piano Performance from Lee University, as well as a MM in Music Theory from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Knar enjoys playing piano, practicing yoga, and drawing.