Two Stars with Pegasus - Tchaikovsky, Schumann & Beethoven, Mana Contemporary, Saturday, 14. March 2020

Two Stars with Pegasus - Tchaikovsky, Schumann & Beethoven
Pegsasus at Mana: Orchestra Series
March 14, 2020
Reception: 6:30pmConcert: 7:00pm
Pegasus:the Orchestra proudly presents the Gold Medalist of 2007 Tchaikovsky competition, Sergey Antonov (cello) performing Tchaikovsky’s  Variations on a Rococo Theme as a soloist. The program will also feature Honens Prize Laureate, virtuoso pianist Nicolas Namoradze as a soloist performing Schumann’s (rarely heard) Introduction and Allegro Appassionato, Op. 34 for piano and orchestra. The second half will culiminate with Beethoven’s  monumental Symphony No. 7 conducted by Karén Hakobyan.

P. TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, for cello and orchestra 
Sergey Antonov, cello
Karén Hakobyan, conductor

R. SCHUMANN Introduction and Allegro Appassionato, Op. 34 for piano and orchestra
Nicolas Namoradze, piano
Karén Hakobyan, conductor 

L. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in Major, Op. 92
Pegasus: The Orchestra
Karén Hakobyan, conductor


Sergey Antonov, cello
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. After one of the Newport Festival concerts in RI, a critic wrote “... a performance with soaring phrases and a tone to die for.” Sergey’s performance of the Elgar concerto drew the critic of the Moscow’s Daily Telegraph to write: “[he] is a musician who has his own inner space, where he submerges himself from the very first sound…who turns each phrase, every deeply felt sound into an event of his own inner monologue. The theme of this monologue is existential suffering; a change of intricately noted emotions, directly related to the unexplainable condition known as Spiritual Life.” A Canadian critic wrote: “Antonov conveyed ...a world of expression from plaintive hope to existential pathos.” One of the recent reviewers wrote,  “ No virtuosic challenge is more than his equal.”
After winning the Gold Medal in the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, Sergey 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. Sergey is a member of the acclaimed Hermitage Piano **** with Ilya Kazantsev and violinist Misha Keylin.
In addition to being the 2007 Tchaikovsky gold medal winner for cello, Antonov has been a recipient of the 2008 Golden Talent Award by the Russian Performing Arts Foundation as well as garnering top prizes at the Justuz Friedrich Dotzhauer Competition, Germany, David Popper International Cello Competition, Hungary, American String Teachers Association in Detroit. His chamber ensemble performances have also brought him honors from the Lyrica Chamber Music Series as their “Young Artist of the Year”, and First Prizes from the Chamber Music Foundation of New England and the Swedish International Duo Competition. He holds an Artist Diploma from Longy School of Music in Boston where he worked with Grammy nominated cellist Terry King. While being a student at the Moscow Conservatory, Sergey was under the tutelage of M. Rostropovich. Sergey has appeared on Russian National Television in performances with the Moscow Philharmonic in their “Stars of the 21st Century” series, and in live concerts on Boston’s NPR radio station WGBH. His performances were also broadcast by NHK Japan.
Nicolas Namoradze, piano
Pianist and composer Nicolas Namoradze came to international attention upon winning the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada—among the largest competition prizes in classical music. The Calgary Herald called him “unparalleled” and “a pianist’s pianist,” stating: “the refinement of his playing was of international standard and everywhere his interpretative skills commanded attention and admiration.” Nicolas’ activities as the 2018 Honens Prize Laureate include recitals at Carnegie Hall (New York), 92nd Street Y (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, the Gardner Museum (Boston), and the Konzerthaus Berlin; recordings on the Honens, Hyperion, and Steinway labels; and worldwide engagements with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Miami International Piano Festival, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. After completing his undergraduate studies in Budapest, Vienna, and Florence, Nicolas moved to New York to obtain his master’s degree at The Julliard School. He now pursues his doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center holding the Graduate Center Fellowship, studying piano with Emanuel Ax and Yoheved Kaplinsky and composition with John Corigliano. Nicolas serves on the faculty of Queens College.
Karén Hakobyan, conductor
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, composer and conductor Karén Hakobyan has emerged as a versatile force on the international musical scene. Since his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seventeen, 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 atation), 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.
Pegasus: The Orchestra 
Pegasus: The Orchestra is a nonprofit professional orchestra-in-residence at Mana Contemporary with a mission to empower rising musicians with artistic freedom and promote innovative repertoire in an environment of creative thought and expression, led by founder, artistic director, and conductor Karén Hakobyan.

Saturday, 14. March 2020, Mana Contemporary, Two Stars with Pegasus - Tchaikovsky, Schumann & Beethoven

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