Armenian Classical Artists to Perform at Boston’s Gardner Museum


Nareh Arghamanyan

By Ara Arakelian

BOSTON — The fall Sunday Concert Series at the brand new Calderwood Hall of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will feature three rising Armenian artists.

On September 23, clarinetist Narek Arutyunian will appear in his recital debut, accompanied by pianist Solon Gordon. Their program will feature an eclectic mix, ranging from Schumann to Schoenfield with Debussy and Bernstein and Donatoni in between. The 20-year-old Arutyunian was most recently the featured soloist at the Armenian Night at the Pops, where he dazzled the audience who packed the sold-out Symphony Hall with his energetic performances with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart. A student of Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School, he is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Young Concert Auditions of New York.

Also no stranger to Boston audiences, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan will take the stage on Sunday, October 7. Hakhnazaryan, 23, won the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2011 and received his artist diploma at the New England Conservatory, sponsored by the Alice and Violet Ohanasian/Friends of Armenian Culture Society Scholarship Fund.

Along with his pianist of choice, Noreen Polera, Hakhnazaryan will perform music by Cesar Frank, Ligeti, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Schumann. (The Schumann work, Fantasiestucke, Op. 73, is the cello version of the work by the same composer and title on Narek Arutyunian’s program.)

Finally, on October 21, pianist Nareh Arghamanyan will be the featured artist in a piano recital. Aghamanyan is the winner of the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition who received her professional training at the University for Music and Pe r forming Arts in Vienna. She has appeared in concerts in Boston (also with the Boston Pops), Tanglewood and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She will perform the music of Bach, Schumann and Rachmaninoff.

The Rachmaninoff set of Etudes-Tableaux presented, are selections from a CD album released earlier this year by Arghamanyan.

All performances begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for these concerts are available online at www.gardnermuseum.org.