Pegasus: The Orchestra, BEETHOVEN APPASSIONATA – Piano Series

Monira Foundation Virtual Stage Presents Pegasus: The Orchestra’s Fourth Season




Karen Hakobyan performs a recital as part of Beethoven’s 250th celebration. Program will include Corigliano’s fascinating Fantasia on an Ostinato (inspired by Beethoven’s 7th Symphony), Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata No. 23, Mendelssohn’s Variations Sérieuses, Op. 54 and Liszt’s Two Concert Etudes “Waldesrauschen” and “Gnomenreigen”. 


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CORIGLIANO Fantasia on an Ostinato

BEETHOVEN “Appassionata” Sonata No. 23 in F minor

MENDELSSOHN Variations Sérieuses, Op. 54

LISZT Two Concert Études “Waldesrauschen” and “Gnomenreigen”, S. 145




Karén Hakobyan, piano


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 is a versatile force on the international music scene. Since his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seventeen, he has performed in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, UK, Belgium, France, Japan, and the US. Karén regularly appears in prestigious festivals and concert series. Some of his festival performance highlights include: the “Lille International Piano(s) Festival” in 2005 (Lille, France), “The Pianist as Composer” Festival in 2008 (New York), Keys to the Future” Contemporary Music Festival in 2009-2010 (New York), the Gina Bachauer International Festival in 2015 (Utah), Festival Musique d’Abord in 2017 (Barbizon, France) and the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts in 2018 (California). 


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. Karén has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras across several continents. His performances have been broadcasted on WQXR Radio (New York City), WMFT Radio (Chicago), WSKG Radio (New York), Argentine National Radio, Monterrey’s (Mexico) Op. 102 station, Armenian National Radio, Al Jazeera TV, Public TV of Armenia and Voice of America TV (International). 


He is the Founder, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Pegasus: the Orchestra, based in New York.