Aik Karapetian has a Master’s degree in film directing from the Latvian Academy of Culture. He went on to study at the Paris Film School, ESEC. Karapetian is the director and writer of the feature films Cilvēki tur (People Out There, 2012), M.O.Ž.(The Man in the Orange Jacket, 2014), Pirmdzimtais (Firstborn, 2017) and the short film Riebums (2007). The films have been screened at international film festivals in Karlovy Vary, Hamburg, Gothenburg, Turin, Montreal, at the BFI Film Festival in London, Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and the Sitges Film Festival in Catalonia. The director’s achievements have been recognized with multiple nominations at the Latvian National Film Awards, Lielais Kristaps.
Further, he has worked for the Latvian National Theatre where he produced William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in 2013. Karapetian was awarded Performance of the Year at the Latvian Music Awards for directing two produtions at the Latvian National Opera – Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in 2011, and Charles Gounod’s Faust in 2016. His achievements for the Latvian National Opera have also been nominated for the Latvian Theatre Awards, Spēlmaņu nakts. In the 2017/2018 season, Karapetian debuted at the Montpellier opera where he produced Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen.