Karén Hakobyan

2015 Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival

Karén Hakobyan

“…Hakobyan is an immensely talented and dynamic performer with an impressive technical command of his instrument…” –Deseret Morning News


Sonatine // Maurice Ravel
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Concert Etude “Basso Ostinato” Op. 14 No. 1 & 2 (Utah Premiere) // Karén Hakobyan

“Garun a” (It’s Spring) // Komitas Vardapet/ Andriasian

Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon & L’isle joyeuse // Claude Debussy


“Poem” Op. 17 (World Premiere)// Karén Hakobyan
Dedicated to Dr. Paul C. Pollei

Virtuoso Etudes // George Gershwin/ Earl Wild
No.4 “Embraceable You”
No.6 “Fascinating Rhythm”

Variations on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen // Vladimir Horowitz/Karén Hakobyan

Adagio from Spartacus // Aram Khatchaturian/ Matthew Cameroon

Islamey, Op. 18 // Mily Balakirev

$20 general | $15 senior | $8 student
Festival Pass for all 4 concerts is available for $60
For senior and student tickets or festival pass, please call ArtTix at 801.355.ARTS


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 seventeen, he has been performing in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, and the United States. Mr. Hakobyan regularly appears in prestigious festivals and concert series. His recent performance of Vuk Kulenovic’s “Virginal” in Le Poisson Rouge on the closing night of the “Keys to the Future” festival was described as “sensitively rendered” by New York Times. He was also featured in three special concerts during Carnegie Hall’s 2010-2011 season. Of his March 2011 Carnegie Hall composition debut, David LaMarche (New York Concert Review) praised Mr. Hakobyan as “a musician of abundant gifts and bountiful ideas.” Highlights from Mr. Hakobyan’s 2014-2015 concert season include guest appearances with the Mahler Festival Orchestra (Tokyo), CompCord Chamber Orchestra (NY), Ridgewood Symphony (NJ), the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra (NY), the Imperial Orchestra (Montreal), the Brooklyn Philharmonic (NY), West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (CT), and World Peace Sinfonietta (NY) as well as solo recitals in Japan, Argentina, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

He was a winner of the 2004 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Competition.

For more info on the artist, visit: www.karenhakobyan.com

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