Strad for Lunch Series – Monday, November 16

Antonio Stradivari
Antonio Stradivari

Every Monday at 12:30pm, WMP Concert Hall offers a 45 minute long chamber music concert to the public, and it is free admission with a suggested donation of $10.00. The idea of the concert series is to offer high quality music to their neighbors while they take their lunch break.

Monday, November 16 at 12:30pm
Violinist Sami Merdinian and Pianist Kariné Poghosyan

Do not miss the recital of these two talented musicians on Monday, November 16th @ 12:30pm. They will perform works by Tartini, Beethoven, Komitas and Wieniawski.

Argentinian violinist Sami Merdinian has received worldwide recognition for his outstanding performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Sami has recently appeared as a soloist with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinian National Symphony, The Charlemagne Orchestre, Symphony Pro Musica, The Gagneung Philharmonic in South Korea, and Philharmonia of the Nations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Future engagements include concerts with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and Salta Symphony in Argentina, and a recital at the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon with pianist Enrico Pace.

As chamber musician, Mr. Merdinian has performed in Spoleto, Italy, The Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, The Festival of The Hamptons, Bargemusic, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw, and will be an artist in residency at the Aspen Music Festival 2009 with the Sybarite Players. Member of Sejong Soloist since 2008, Sami has performed throughout the United States and Asia, including a West Coast Tour with Gil Shaham, and has recorded for Universal Records.

Mr.Merdinian has been prize winner in several international competitions including Gold Medal in the XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition in Argentina and the New Talent Competition in Slovakia organized by the European Radio. He has also received the Rising Star Award by Tiffany & Co., and was named Outstanding Artist of the Year by the Argentinian Press. While at The Juilliard School and Yale University, Mr. Merdinian was a pupil of Dorothy Delay, Naoko Tanaka and Peter Oundjian, and has participated in masterclasses for artists such as Itzahk Perlman, Ruggiero Ricci, Emmanuel Ax, Pamela Frank and members of the Tokyo, Cleveland and Guarnieri String Quartets.

Kariné Poghosyan has been described as “extraordinary” and “larger than life” pianist, whose playing goes “to the heart of the music.” NY Concert Review called her a pianist who “has that spark.” She made her orchestral debut at 14 playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1, and her solo Carnegie Hall debut at 23.

She is the winner of the New West Symphony Discovery Artists Competition, the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, CSUN Symphony Concerto Competition, the Artists International Auditions and was a top prize winner in the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, Five Towns Music and Arts Competition, and the Arno Babajanian Piano Competition. Ms. Poghosyan is also the recipient of scholarships from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, the Armenian Students Association of America, AGBU, and the Jacob and Bronislaw Gimpel Foundation.

Kariné Poghosyan has performed in recitals at Carnegie’s Well Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Trinity Church Concerts at One series, the Beverly Hills Sundays at Two series, the Valley Committee for the LA Philharmonic, the Bach’s Lunch Recital Series in California, the Young Artists International Peninsula Festival in California, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. In the fall of 2007, she organized and performed a three-recital concert series at the Yamaha Piano Salon titled Twentieth Century Piano Sonata. Ms. Poghosyan has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the New West Symphony, Musica Bella Symphony Orchestra, the CSUN Symphony, and the Kokolo Ensemble. She has participated in the master classes of distinguished artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Claude Franck, Jon O’Connor, and Jerome Rose. Ms. Poghosyan is also an active chamber musician, and was the winner of the Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition.

She received her BM, summa cum laude, from California State University in Northridge, under Professor Françoise Regnat, and her MM and D.M.A. degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, under Dr. Arkady Aronov, completing her D.M.A. in record-breaking two years with thesis on Aram Khachaturian for Piano.

WMP Concert Hall is located at 31-33 East 28th Street, between Park and Madison. No food or beverages are permitted in the concert hall.

Future Shows:

Monday, November 23rd @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Angelia Cho and Pianist Dina Vainstein

Monday, November 30th @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Pei-Wen Liao and Pianist Evan Solomon

Monday, December 7th @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Christine Kwak

Monday, December 21st @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Paolo Alberghini, Violist Kristin Sawyer and Cellist Sokol Nikaj

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