Imagine an artist with “virtuoso level” musicianship, silky, emotive vocals, and the creative chops to make 80s pop hits into new jazz creations. That’s the skillset possessed by Arpenik Hakobyan, a cellist/vocalist/arranger from Armenia who is on the verge of international superstardom in the world of jazz. The 29-year-old began her musical journey at the age of 8 and was soon singled out for her natural gifts. She’s studied and played with the masters in multiple genres across the globe, winning accolades at every stop. Hear a sample of her original work in the video just below. And here's a link to a sample of her imagination as an arranger: an impressive reconstruction of a Michael Jackson classic.