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Karine Poghosyan — 03/08

pic9 KARINÉ POGHOSYAN has been described as an “extraordinary” and “larger than life” pianist, whose playing “goes o the heart of the music.” She began her music studies in her native Yerevan, Armenia, studying at the Romanos Melikian Music College and Komitas State Conservatory. During these years, she was active in performances giving appearances on Armenian National Television and appearing in competitions. She made her orchestral début at the age of 14 performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto and received second prize at the Arno Babajanian Second State Piano Competition where she was also awarded a special prize for offering the best concert etude. Kariné also won the CSUN Symphony Concerto Competition, the New West Symphony Discovery Artists Competition, the 1000 Islands International Piano Competition and the Artists International Auditions. She was a top prizewinner in the Five Towns Music and Arts Competition and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. She received scholarship awards from the honorable National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, the Armenian Students Association of America, AGBU, and the Jacob and Bronislaw Gimpel Memorial Award. Some of her performances include recitals at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Trinity’s Concerts at One series at St. Paul’s Chapel, the Beverly Hills Sundays at Two series, a recital for the Valley Committee for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Bach’s Lunch Recital series in Manhattan Beach in California, the Los Angeles Liszt Competition Winners’ Concert at the Nixon Library, the Young Artists International Peninsula Festival in California, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. She has appeared with numerous orchestras including the New West Symphony, Musica Bella Symphony Orchestra, CSUN Symphony Orchestra, and the Armenian Youth Symphony. Kariné has participated in master classes with world renown artists including Alicia de Larrocha, Claude Frank, Jon O’Connor, and Jerome Rose. She is also an active chamber musician, and as a member of various chamber groups, she was selected on two occasions as the winner of the Lillian 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 was included in several editions of the National Dean’s List. She received her BM degree, summa cum laude, from California State University in Northridge under Professor François Regnat and her MM and DMA degrees at the Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Arkady Aronov. Kariné was the first MSM graduate in over 20 years to have completed her doctoral studies in only two years. Her doctoral these was entitled Aram Khachaturian for Piano. Personal Site: