NEW YORK — Pegasus: the Orchestra, founded and led by conductor, composer and pianist Karén Hakobyan, will continue celebrating its fifth anniversary with a special program on March 3 with celebrated cellist Suren Bagratuni, silver medalist of the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition (1986) and professor at Michigan State University.
In this concert conducted by Karén Hakobyan, the program features Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K. 136 and Grieg’s Holberg Suite “Suite in olden style” in the first half. Following intermission, Schnittke mirrors Grieg in his “Suite in old style” for cello, string orchestra and harpsichord. The concert concludes with Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1 in C major.
The concert will take place at Christ & Saint Stephen’s Church (by Lincoln Center) 120 West 69th Street, New York, at 7.30 p.m.
Bagratuni has not performed as a soloist in New York for quite some time and according to Hakobyan, “it’s an event we have been anticipating with great excitement. He has brought up generations of internationally acclaimed cellists and has contributed so much to not only Armenian but also international music scene.”
Hailed as “a cellist of uncommon attainments” by the Boston Globe, Bagratuni was winner of the Silver Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory. He has gone on to a distinguished international career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. In addition to performing throughout the former Soviet Union, he has toured worldwide earning enthusiastic praise in both traditional and contemporary repertoire.
As soloist Bagratuni has performed with numerous orchestras in the former Soviet Union, including the Moscow Philharmonic, appeared with the Stuttgart and Württenberg Chamber Orchestras, with National Philharmonic Orchestras of Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Armenia as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Georgia, Armenian National Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Recital and chamber music appearances have included guest invitations with the Newport, Hamptons, the “Russian Winter”, El Paso, and numerous international festivals in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Korea and Taiwan. Other solo appearances have included recitals in major concert venues of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa.