Movses POGOSSIAN, violin
Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian made his American debut in 1990 performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Pops, about which Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: “There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance…” Pogossian is a Prizewinner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition, and the youngest-ever First Prize winner of the 1985 USSR National Violin Competition, previous winners of which included David Oistrakh and Gidon Kremer. An active chamber musician, Mr. Pogossian has performed with members of the Tokyo, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets, and with such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Jeremy Denk, Lynn Harrell, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Rohan de Saram, and Fred Sherry. He frequently collaborates with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, teaching annually at their summer music festival in New Hampshire. Movses Pogossian is the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series, which performs at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, and is currently in its eleventh season.
Passionately committed to new music, Movses Pogossian has premiered over 50 works, and works closely with composers such as G. Kurtág, T. Mansurian, J. Harbison, A. R. Thomas, L. Segerstam, P. Chihara, V. Sharafyan, and A. Avanesov. In Los Angeles, Movses Pogossian frequently performs on Monday Evening Concerts, and is the recipient of the 2011 Forte Award, given for outstanding contributions to the promotion of new music. His discography includes solo violin CDs “Blooming Sounds” and “In Nomine”, both on Albany label, as well as G. Kurtag’s monumental “Kafka Fragments” on Bridge Records, which includes a unique video documentary on the work with the composer. In his review of the recording, Paul Griffiths writes: “…remarkable is Pogossian’s contribution, which is always beautiful, across a great range of colors and gestures, and always seems on the edge of speaking—or beyond.” Recent and upcoming releases include Complete Works for Violin by Stefan Wolpe, and a Schoenberg/Webern DVD, recorded at Schoenberg’s Brentwood home with Kim Kashkashian and Rohan de Saram.
Since his studies at the Komitas Conservatory in Armenia and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Mr. Pogossian has held teaching positions at Duquesne, Bowling Green, Wayne State, and SUNY Buffalo Universities. His principal teachers were L. Zorian, V. Mokatsian, V. Klimov, and legendary Louis Krasner. Movses Pogossian is currently Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He lives in Glendale with his wife, Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Varty Manouelian, and their three children.