NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Armenian pianist Kariné Poghosyan will perform a recital on Sat., April 30 at 7:30 p.m., in Southern Connecticut State University’s Charles Garner Recital Hall (Engleman Hall C112).
An avid musician who has been described as “extraordinary” and “larger than life,” Poghosyan made her orchestral debut at 14, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and her solo Carnegie Hall debut at 23, and has since gone on to win numerous awards as well as perform in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
In fall 2007, Poghosyan organized and performed a three-recital concert series at the Yamaha Piano Salon titled, “Twentieth Century Piano Sonata.” She also helped organize the “Requiem and Resurrection” concert in commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at the Saint Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, where her performance of the Piano Sonata by Khachaturian received a standing ovation and was described as “jaw-dropping.”
The Armenian Mirror Spectator wrote, “The three-movement Khachaturian Sonata—a rarely performed composition —is a real tour-de-force for the virtuoso pianist. Technically pristine, Ms. Poghosyan brought out the driven qualities of the outer movements, and the heart-rending beauty of the middle section.”
Kariné Poghosyan has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and has participated in the master classes of distinguished artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Claude Franck, Jon O’Connor, and Jerome Rose. She has won numerous piano competitions and has been the recipient of several prestigious musical scholarships.
Her music studies began in her native Yerevan in School of the Arts, No. 1, and later at the Romanos Melikian College as well as 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 the Manhattan School of Music, under Arkady Aronov. She completed her D.M.A. in a record-breaking two years with a thesis on “Aram Khachaturian for Piano.” Poghosyan is currently based in New York, where she teaches at her alma mater, the Manhattan School of Music.
Her solo CD of Khachaturian’s piano works and ballet transcriptions was released in 2015, on the NAXOS label. There is a $5 admission fee at the door for Poghosyan’s performance. For more information, call (203) 392-6631.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-Atlantic