Born February 23, 1966, Mark Abrahamian was taught to play guitar at the age of 10 after being prompted by his mother to "pick something to do this summer". Mark chose the guitar and was encouraged by her to practice for 15 minutes each day. However, inspired by Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, Mark was soon practicing on his own within a few months.
The turning point in Mark's life came in the Seventh Grade when he heard Edward Van Halen's song entitled Eruption from the album Van Halen.
"I went home and didn't leave my room until the Ninth Grade."
For the next few years Mark practiced for hours on end taking the guitar very
When he was seventeen, Mark applied and went to GIT (The Musicians Institute). Being the youngest in his class, "I lived , breathed, ate and slept music." It was during this period that he discovered such players as John Mclaughlin, Al De Meola, Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Discovering different types of music was a big part of his development as a guitar player. Jazz, Funk, Blues and classical all intrigued and inspired him. Upon graduation he began playing around town with local bands as well as taking on some fifty students a week teaching his own method.
"I like to give the student the tools of music. After that, they can then learn whatever they want."
Mark has been on tour with Starship starring Mickey Thomas since 2000. The band plays some 100 to 125 shows a year all over the country and the world.
Mark has worked with the following greats live on stage:
- Jimmi Jameson of Survivor
- Bobby Kimball of Toto
- Mike Reno of Loverboy
- Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night
- Fee Waybill of The Tubes
- Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow
- John Cafferty of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
- Mike Atunes "Tunes" of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown band
- Larry Hopin of Orleans
- Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise
- Steve Walsh of Kansas
- Peter Rivera of Rare Earth
- Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie
- Cliff Williams of ACDC
- Alex Ligertwood of Santana
- Pat Travers of Pat Travers
- Kevin DuBrow of Quite Riot
- Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot
- Floyd Sneed of Three Dog Night
- Doug Fieger of The Knack
- Eric Troyer of ELO
- Jack Blades of Night Ranger
- And many more....