Saturday 03 March 2018

Celebration of Spring - Heaven and Earth

Celebration of Spring - Heaven and Earth” brings internationally acclaimed musicians violinist Levon Chilingirian, cellist Suren Bagratuni and pianist Karen Hakobyan together to celebrate the coming of spring, symbolizing rebirth, and showcase Armenia's rich cultural and musical heritage.
Join this magnificent piano trio as they conclude their North American tour in Chicago. 
The concert program includes Haydn's enlightening Piano Trio in C-Major, Beethoven’s heavenly “Archduke” piano trio and Babadjanian’s earthly, emotionally charged Trio in F-Sharp Mino. This highly anticipated concert is presented by the AGBU Chicago Chapter.

Born in Cyprus, Levon Chilingirian emigrated to the U.K. at twelve. Chilingirian’s partnership with the late Clifford Benson was launched by winning first prizes in the 1969 BBC Beethoven Competition and the 1971 ARD Munich Duo International Competition. Founded in 1971, the Chilingirian Quartet is today one of the most celebrated string quartets on the international scene, its highly regarded recorded repertoire spanning classical to contemporary works. Chilingirian also performs as a soloist and with other chamber music partners. He is co- artistic director of the Pharos Festival (Cyprus) and active in coaching chamber music at the Lake District Summer School, West Dean College summer course and master classes around Europe and the U.S. Professor of Violin and Chamber Music Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, Chilingirian is also Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music. He received the Cobbett Medal and an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List.

Hailed as "a cellist of uncommon attainments" by the Boston Globe, Suren 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. After winning numerous National and International competitions he has toured worldwide earning enthusiastic praise in both traditional and contemporary repertoire.
Mr. Bagratuni is Professor of Cello at Michigan State University where he maintains a very busy teaching schedule, and serves as a chair of String area. He is the Artistic Director of the annual Cello Plus Festival, called "one of the premiere classical happenings," as well as Artistic Director of the International Music Academy in Todi, Italy.

Described as “a musician of abundant gifts and bountiful ideas” by New York Concert Review, and “an immensely talented and dynamic performer” by Deseret Morning News, Armenian-American pianist and composer Karén Hakobyan has emerged as a versatile force on the international musical scene. Since his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 17, he has performed in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, Japan and the United States. He is a top prizewinner of multiple international piano and composition competitions and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the University of Utah. Hakobyan has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras across several continents. His performances have been broadcasted on WQXR New York's Classical Radio Station, WMFT Chicago’s Classical Radio Station, Argentine National Radio, Monterrey’s (Mexico) Op. 102 Radio Station, and Armenian National Radio. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Pegasus: The Orchestra based in New York.

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