Movses Pogossian


Movses PogossianArmenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian made his American debut with the Boston Pops in 1990, 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…” Prizewinner of several important competitions, including the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition, he extensively performed as soloist and recitalist in Europe, Northern America, and Asia. He was one of the 2016/17 Artists in Residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and performed the Mansurian Concerto No. 2 at their season-opening concerts, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane.

Avid chamber musician, Pogossian has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Kim Kashkashian, Alexei Lubimov, Rohan de Saram, and with members of the Tokyo, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets. He is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series, currently in its 13th season.

Champion of new music, Pogossian has premiered over 70 works, and worked closely with such composers such as Kurtág, Harbison, Saariaho, Mansurian, Chihara, Augusta Read Thomas, Gabriela Lena Frank, to name a few. At György Kurtág’s invitation, Movses Pogossian made his Darmstadt Festival debut in 2008 performing the Kafka Fragments with Tony Arnold, to critical acclaim. His duo with percussionist Kuniko Kato has commissioned several works for this medium, and performs internationally. In Los Angeles, Movses Pogossian frequently performs on Monday Evening Concerts, and is a recipient of the 2011 Forte Award, given for outstanding contributions to the promotion of new music. He was described by LA Times’ Mark Swed as “…a sophisticated virtuoso, subtle and bold in his phrasing.”

Pogossian’s discography includes the recently released Complete Sonatas and Partitas by J. S. Bach (New Focus Recordings), as well as solo violin CDs “Blooming Sounds” and “In Nomine”, and Kurtág’s “Kafka Fragments”, with soprano Tony Arnold. In his Kurtág review, 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.” The recent Bridge Records CD of Complete Violin Works of Stefan Wolpe made the 2015 Top Ten list in Sunday Times (UK). Upcoming 2017 release includes a Schoenberg/Webern DVD, recorded at Schoenberg’s Brentwood home (with Kim Kashkashian, Rohan de Saram, and Judith Gordon), also featuring David Starobin’s documentary “String Trio, Los Angeles, 1946”. Also at works is an “Inspired by Bach” project of works for solo violin by Kaija Saariaho, and premieres by Gabriela Frank and Andrew McIntosh, commissioned for the artist by New Music USA.

Since earning his advanced degrees from 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. Deeply committed to musical education, Movses Pogossian is currently Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and is in demand for masterclasses and residencies in the USA and abroad. He proudly participates in the Music for Food project, which raises awareness of the hunger problem faced by a large percent of the populations, and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.