Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Kariné Poghosyan, Piano Ritual Fire Dance (4’) Serenata Andaluza (5’) Fantasía Bética (12’) Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946) Lullaby from Gayane (4’) Aram Khachaturian (1903 – 1978) arr. Kariné
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Kariné Poghosyan, Piano
Ritual Fire Dance (4’)
Serenata Andaluza (5’)
Fantasía Bética (12’)
Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946)
Lullaby from Gayane (4’)
Aram Khachaturian (1903 – 1978)
arr. Kariné Poghosyan
Firebird Suite (11’)
I. Danse Infernale
Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971)
arr. Guido Agosti (1901 – 1989)
A critic once wrote about Poghosyan’s passionate playing, “If she had been born a few decades earlier, perhaps the Armenian-American pianist Kariné Poghosyan could have melted the Cold War.” She has been praised for her ability to “get to the heart of the works she performs.”
Poghosyan made her orchestral debut at 14 playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and her solo Carnegie Hall debut at 23. She has since gone on to win numerous awards and perform in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. During the 2014-15 season, Poghosyan made her debuts in Washington and Toronto, where she performed the Canadian premiere of Alan Hovhaness’s Piano Concerto “Lousadzak.” Other performance highlights included solo recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Ehbar Saal in Vienna, as well as performing Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto with the Greater Newburgh (N.Y.) Symphony under the baton of Woomyung Choe.
Her most recent orchestral performances include Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Sinfonia Toronto, conducted by Maestro Nurhan Arman, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Phil Ventre. Both performances received warm ovations and strong reviews. She was also featured on WQXR’s “Chopin Marathon” concert and live webcast, and was interviewed by David Osenberg on his award-winning program on WWFM, Cadenza.
Poghosyan’s musical studies began in her native Yerevan, in Armenia, at the School of the Arts No. 1, and continued at Romanos Melikian College and the Komitas State Conservatory. Her teachers in Armenia included Irina Gazarian, Vatche Umr-Shat, and Svetlana Dadyan. After moving to the United States in 1998, she received her B.M., summa cum laude, from California State University in Northridge under Françoise Regnat, and her M.M and D.M.A. degrees at Manhattan School of Music under Arkady Aronov, completing her D.M.A. in a record-breaking two years with a thesis on Aram Khachaturian’s works for piano.
Her recent CD, “Khachaturian Original Piano Works and Ballet Transcriptions,” released on the NAXOS label, has received rave reviews and earned her worldwide acclaim for her exceptional performance and styling. David Dubal, the revered piano authority, author, and radio host, commented on Kariné’s playing of Khachaturian’s music. “She immersed herself in the piano music of Aram Khachaturian to such an extent that her performances have elevated the music to a higher sphere. I know this for certain as I have played many of these pieces and found details of inflection, rhythm, and technical prowess that I had not imagined the music possessed. This is an important debut recording and it brings to us in Kariné Poghosyan’s work, a pianist that we should hear as soon as possible in recital or on disc. Khachaturian would be excited to hear his colorful works played with such idiomatic styling. This is Khachaturian playing that will not be rivaled!”
Poghosyan is based in New York, where she teaches at the Manhattan School of Music.
(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST