Pianist Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian to Perform at Jordan Hall


BOSTON, Mass.—On Tues., Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., pianist and New England Conservatory (NEC) faculty member Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian will appear in a solo recital at NEC’s illustrious Jordan Hall in Boston. The program will include “Sonata in F Major” by Haydn, Schumann’s “Fantasy in C Major,” a selection of nocturnes and mazurkas by Chopin, and the world premiere of an arrangement of Komitas songs by Armenia-based composer Villy Sargsyan.

Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian

Karapetian-Shougarian has performed extensively in her native Armenia and the former Soviet Union, as well as internationally. Her solo appearances and frequent collaborations with a number of ensembles have garnered acclaim from renowned authorities in the musical world, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Mikhail Pletnev, and Daniel Pollock.

After graduating from the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan under the guidance of Prof. E. Tandilian, Karapetian-Shougarian graduated with honors from the graduate piano class of Prof. Lev Vlasenko and Mikhail Pletnev at the Moscow Conservatory. Among the highlights of her performing and teaching career are the prize at the Transcaucasian Music Competition in 1981 and a professorship at the Yerevan State Conservatory, where she taught a piano class and methods of piano teaching from 1988 to 2005.

Karapetian-Shougarian has given an impressive number of solo recitals in the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Argentina, Syria, and Jordan. In 1994, she was invited to perform in the prestigious Grande Finale concert with Ann Shein, a world-famous pianist, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her 1995 recital at the Washington Arts Club and a series of concerts in Buenos Aires and Cordoba in 1996 were highly praised by the international press and local musical critics.

More recently, she has given solo recitals in Watertown and Washington, D.C.; performed with violinist Magdalena Richter in Arlington; and appeared in solo recitals at NEC’s Williams Hall in 2012 and 2014. In March 2013, Karapetian-Shougarian held a master class and was the guest artist at a gala concert at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater. Since April 2013, she has been collaborating regularly with renowned violinist Levon Chilingirian.

Orchestral appearances have included the Arlington Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphony orchestras, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra with performances of Mozart’s “Concerto No. 23” and Saint-Saens’ “Piano Concerto No. 2.” In 2006 and 2007, Karapetian-Shougarian gave solo recitals in Venice, Italy, at the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome, and at the Teatro di Marcello of Rome. She also performed during the internationally broadcasted 1st anniversary of Telepace Armenia.

In addition to teaching in NEC’s preparatory and continuing education departments, Karapetian-Shougarian teaches piano at the Rivers School Conservatory and Sharon Music Academy.

The concert is free and open to the public. Jordan Hall is located at 30 Gainsborough St. in Boston.

Source: Armenian Weekly
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