Piano Phenom Karine Poghosyan Makes Her Zankel Hall Debut
Armenian-American pianist Kariné Poghosyan makes her debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 7th at 7:30pm with a solo recital inspired by New York City. Titled The New York Connection, the program will feature works by both native New Yorkers as well as composers who visited and worked in New York, including the virtuosic piano sonatas by Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók and Sergei Rachmaninoff; Gershwin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue; and her own arrangement of the beautiful Lullaby from Khachaturian's Gayaneh.
In response to Ms. Poghosyan's passionate playing, a critic once wrote: "If she had been born a few decades earlier, perhaps the Armenian-American pianist Kariné Poghosyan could have melted the Cold War." With such ardent devotion to her art, she has been praised for her ability to "get to the heart of the works she performs."
Ms. Poghosyan made her orchestral debut at 14, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, and her solo Carnegie Hall debut at 23. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous awards and perform in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls. During the 2014-15 season, she made her debuts in Washington D.C. and Toronto, Canada, where she performed the Canadian premiere of Alan Hovhaness's Piano Concerto, "Lousadzak." Other performance highlights included solo recitals in the Myra Hess series in Chicago, and in Ehbar Saal in Vienna, as well as performing Khachaturian's Piano Concerto with the Greater Newburgh (NY) 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 in WQXR's "Chopin Marathon" concert and live webcast, and was interviewed by David Osenberg on his award-winning program on WWFM, Cadenza.
Ms. 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 BM, summa cum laude, from California State University in Northridge, under Françoise Regnat, followed by her MM and DMA degrees at Manhattan School of Music, under Arkady Aronov. In fact, she completed her DMA in a record-breaking two years with a thesis on Aram Khachaturian's works for piano.
Ms. Poghosyan's recent CD, "Khachaturian Original Piano Works and Ballet Transcriptions," released on the NAXOS label, has received effusive reviews and earned her worldwide acclaim for her exceptional performance and styling. David Dubal, the revered piano authority, author and radio host, said of Kariné's exquisite handling 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!"
Kariné Poghosyan is currently based in New York, where she teaches at Manhattan School of Music.
Her spring 2018 includes a solo tour of California, a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, and her solo debut at Musikverein in Vienna.
Ms. Poghosyan will also return to Carnegie Hall, after her triumphant performance in October, to make her debut at Zankel Hall on June 7.
Photo Credit: Dale Kolarek