Soloist Sergey Antonov

Pegasus: The Orchestra to Pay Tribute to Khachaturian on 120th Anniversary of Birth

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NEW YORK — On Saturday, April 13, Pegasus: The Orchestra, led by founder, principal conductor, and artistic director, Karén Hakobyan, conducts the 2023-2024 Season’s Finale in a commemoration of Aram Khatchaturian’s 120th Anniversary at Merkin Concert Hall at 8 p.m.

Soloist will be cellist Sergey Antonov.

The program opens with Stravinsky’s stunning 8-movement Suite from the “Pulcinella Ballet,” highlighting Pegasus’s principals as soloists. The first half concludes with Tchaikovsky’s delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme and features 2007 Tchaikovsky International Competition gold medalist Sergey Antonov (cello) as the soloist.

The second half opens with Beethoven’s colossal Symphony No. 7 and culminates with Khatchaturian’s Waltz from the “Masquerade” Suite, a fitting conclusion to the season.

Grammy-nominated cellist Sergey Antonov enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician. Critics throughout the world have hailed him as “destined for cello superstardom” (Washington Post), “combining formidable technique and an incredibly warm, penetrating and vibrant tone to a romantic musical sensibility to create music – making of a highest caliber” (Budapest Sun).

Karén Hakobyan

After winning the Gold Medal in the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, Antonov has been touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America performing in halls ranging from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with musicians such as Denis Matsuev, Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz Gerald, Ekaterina Mechetina, Harve A’ Kaoua, Carl Ponten, Dora Schwartzberg, John Lenehan, Colin Carr, Cynthia Phelps, Martin Chalifour, David Chan, among others, as well as his permanent piano partner Ilya Kazantsev. The duo has recorded several CDs of traditional cello-piano repertoire as well as their own transcriptions, recorded in their CD album Elegy.

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Sergey is a member of the acclaimed Hermitage Piano Trio with Ilya Kazantsev and violinist Misha Keylin.

Pegasus: the Orchestra’s mission empowers rising musicians with artistic freedom and promotes performances of inventive repertoire in an environment that supports creative thought and expression.

Founded by Karén Hakobyan in 2017, the orchestra harnesses the transcendent power of music to bring musicians and audiences of diverse backgrounds and cultural heritages together. For its first four years, Pegasus: the Orchestra was awarded a residency at Mana Contemporary Cultural Center in the heart of Jersey City. In a variety of series organized by Hakobyan, concerts featuring a full chamber orchestra, solo piano, jazz performance, and chamber groups were offered, and many of those focused on education and youth.

During the height of the pandemic in 2021, Pegasus accepted a residency with Monira Foundation, also housed at Mana Contemporary. In the course of the 2021-2022 season, the orchestra created a high-quality digital stage and presented its Fourth Season entitled Baroque and Beyond streaming a total of ten very varied programs of chamber, solo piano, and orchestra concerts.

Pegasus: The Orchestra

Pegasus celebrated its Fifth Anniversary Season in 2022-2023 with remarkable artists and unique programming. In October, 2022, Pegasus had its Lincoln Center Debut with Karén Hakobyan conducting a breathtaking concert of all five Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos with five soloists in a single night to a wildly appreciative house. Earlier, Pegasus launched its season with Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons in Oneonta, New York featuring its own concertmaster, Eiko Kano as a soloist. An evening concert was paired with an afternoon educational concert for 750 school children from the Oneonta region. Pegasus returned to Bach’s magnificent Brandenburg Concerti featuring its own concertmaster and principals this time in the Meridian Performances series at DiMenna Center for Classical Music in November. In March, 2023, Pegasus presented cellist Suren Bagratuni — silver medalist of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Cello Competition and professor at Michigan State University —with Hakobyan conducting a colorful concert featuring Mozart, Schnittke, and Haydn in a New York City’s Christ & Saint Stephen’s Church.

To learn more about Pegasus, visit: http://www.pegasustheorchestra.org

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