Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra guest Kariné Poghosyan

Kariné Poghosyan has been described as an “extraordinary” and “larger than life” pianist whose playing goes “to the heart of the music.” She made her orchestral debut at 14 playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and by the age of 23 she had already made her Carnegie Hall debut. She is the winner of the New West Symphony Discovery Artists Competition, the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, CSUN Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Artists International Auditions, and she was a top prize winner in the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, Five Towns Music and Arts Competition, and the Arno Babajanian Piano Competition. Ms. Poghosyan is also the recipient of scholarships from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, the Armenian Students Association of America, AGBU, and the Jacob and Bronislaw Gimpel Foundation.
      Kariné Poghosyan has performed in recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Trinity Church Concerts at One series, the Beverly Hills Sundays at Two series, the Valley Committee for the LA Philharmonic, the Bach’s Lunch Recital Series in Manhattan Beach, California, the Young Artists International Peninsula Festival in California, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. In the fall of 2007, she organized and performed a three-recital concert series at the Yamaha Piano Salon titled “Twentieth Century Piano Sonata.” Ms. Poghosyan has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the New West Symphony, the Musica Bella Orchestra, and the CSUN Symphony. She has participated in the master classes of distinguished artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Claude Franck, Jon O’Connor, and Jerome Rose. Ms. Poghosyan is also an active chamber musician, and was the winner of the of the Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition.
      In addition to her distinctions as a performer, Kariné Poghosyan has also demonstrated excellence in various academic endeavors, being inducted to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and has been included in several editions of the National Dean’s List. She received her Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from California State University in Northridge under Professor Françoise Regnat, and her Master’s and D.M.A. degrees at the Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Arkady Aronov. She was the first M.S.M. graduate in over twenty years to have completed her doctoral studies in only two years. Her doctoral thesis was on Aram Khachaturian for Piano.
      Ms. Poghosyan performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor on Musica Bella’s May 5 and 6, 2007 “Mostly Mozart” concerts. And she will perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1, coincidentally also in d minor, on our April 12 and 13, 2008 concerts.

This bio last updated August 30, 2006