Influenced substantially by traditional Armenian folk and sacred music, she uses the musical language of her heritage to compose and perform new works. With compositions ranging from vocal, instrumental, chamber to symphonic, her music utilises space, stretching structural expectations and pulling from her love of improvisational performance, typical of much of the folk music she grew up with.
Her music has been extensively performed in the United States, Armenia, England, Germany, Poland, Belgium and Japan by such renowned ensembles and performers such as Carpe Diem String Quartet, Ensemble Oktoplus, the Metropolitan Choral of Kansas City, and pianists Artur Avanesov, Hayk Melikyan, Dzovig Markarian and Takahiro Akiba. Often collaborating with the Komitas State Conservatory and the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Amiryan has given a number of recitals performing both her own music, pieces from the classical and contemporary repertoire, and piano improvisations. Her piano piece Waiting for the Dawn was included in pianist Hayk Melikyan’s album of Armenian piano music “Echoes of Altar” released by the Ministry of Diaspora of Armenia in 2014 in commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Recently she was commissioned a piece by NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk, which was premiered by Ensemble Oktoplus in Hannover, Germany in 2014.
Amiryan has received such awards as the first prize at the Armenian Allied Arts71st Annual Composition Competition, the UMKC Chamber Music Composition Competition, and the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City’s UMKC Conservatory Chorale Composition Contest. She was the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Carolann S. Najarian Scholarship from the Armenian International Women’s Association, the AGBU Performing Arts Fellowship from the Armenian General Benevolent Union in 2013 and 2014, and the Women’s Council GAF Award from UMKC Women’s Council in both 2013 and 2014.
Amiryan has presented research on traditional and contemporary music at professional conferences in Armenia, Europe, and in the United States. She had a lecture-recital at the Women in the Arts International Conference at University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2011, at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford at Hartt School of Music and at London International Piano Symposium at the Royal College of Music in 2013. In 2014, Amiryan presented a lecture at 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, in Honolulu, Hawaii and gave a performance of her piece at the International New-Music Festival at the University of South Florida.
Currently, Amiryan is a doctoral candidate at the UMKC Conservatory of Musicand Dance, majoring in music composition. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition and music theory at the Tchaikovsky Special Music School and in composition and musicology at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Armenia. Her principal teachers include Melik Mavisakalyan, Ashot Zohrabyan, and Aram Satyan, James Mobberley, Chen Yi, and Zhou Long. She also studied piano at the Dilijan College of Music in Dilijan, Armenia with Hasmik Musayelyan and at the Komitas State Conservatory with Inga Khazumyan.