BELMONT, Mass. — “Levon Hovsepian and Friends,” a concert honoring the pianist, will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at First Armenian Church, 380 Concord Ave.
The concert will commemorate Hovsepian’s 25 years of service to church and the Greater Boston community.
Hovsepian is director of music and organist at First Armenian Church, where he has served since 1991. Classically trained, Hovsepian has embraced a variety of musical styles since arriving in America 25 years ago. He performs in churches, clubs and concert halls throughout New England and regularly volunteers his services for fundraisers and charity events. He enjoys teaching students at his Bravo Piano Studio located on Myrna Street, Burlington, and at the Powers Music School in Belmont.
Several of Hovsepian’s musical collaborators will join him onstage for a lively evening of music with an international flair. Scheduled performers include: Edgar Brut, tenor; Zarina Irkaeva, cello; Victoria Avetisyan, mezzo soprano; Nancy Tutunjian Berger, soprano; Knarik Nerkararyan, soprano; Sammy Andonian, violin and John Baboian, guitar.
Hovsepian began his studies at the Sayat-Nova Music School in Yerevan, Armenia. He furthered his musical education at the Tchaikovsky Special Music School for Gifted Children and earned a Master’s Degree with honors at Komitas Conservatory. He had performed throughout Armenia, Estonia, and Moldova, appearing as a soloist with the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra and on Armenian National Television. After attracting major critical attention in Armenia, he was awarded a full scholarship to Longy School of Music in Cambridge. He earned his Artist Diploma and Master’s Degree with Honors, and continued his intense performance and teaching careers.
He made his New York debut in 1994 and became known for his compelling interpretative style and expansive technique. Levon Hovsepian was a prize winner at the Arlington Concerto Competition, has appeared as a soloist with the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra and the New England Philharmonic Orchestra. His “Favorite Piano Masterpieces” CD was featured on WGBH Radio, as well as stations throughout Moscow and Yerevan. He has numerous guest artist appearances, including a reception honoring the former President of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrossian and the late Senator Edward Kennedy.