BOSTON — Pianist and New England Conservatory (NEC) faculty member Lilit Karapeian-Shougarian will appear in a solo recital at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include Sonata in F-Major by Haydn; Schumann’s Fantasy in C-Major; selection of Nocturnes and Mazurkas by Chopin, and the world premiere of an arrangement of Komitas songs by Armenia-based composer Villy Sargsyan.
Karapetian-Shougarian has performed extensively in her native Armenia and the former Soviet Union, as well as internationally. Her solo appearances and frequent collaborations with a number of ensembles have won acclaim from the renowned authorities in the musical world, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Mikhail Pletnev and Daniel Pollock.
After finishing the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan under the guidance of Prof. E. Tandilian Karapetian-Shougarian graduated with honors from the graduate piano class of Professor Lev Vlasenko and Mikhail Pletnev at the Moscow Conservatory. Among the highlights of her performing and teaching career are the prize at the Transcaucasian Music Competition in1981 and the professorship at the Yerevan State Conservatory, where she taught a piano class and methods of piano teaching from 1988 to 2005.
Karapetian-Shougarian has had an impressive number of solo recitals in the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Argentina, Syria and Jordan. In 1994 she was invited to perform in the prestigious Grande Finale concert together with Ann Shein, a world-famous pianist, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Her 1995 recital at the Washington Arts Club and a series of concerts in Buenos Aires and Cordoba, Argentina, in 1996 were highly praised by international press and the local musical critics.
More recently, she has had solo recitals in Watertown and Washington, DC; performed with violinist Magdalena Richter in Arlington, Mass., and appeared in solo recitals at NEC’s Williams Hall in 2012 and 2014. In March 2013 she held a master class and was guest artist at a gala concert at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass. Since April 2013 she has been collaborating regularly with renowned violinist Levon Chilingirian.
Orchestral appearances include the Arlington Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphony orchestras, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra with performances of Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 and Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2. In 2006 and 2007 she had solo recitals in Venice, Italy, in the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome and Teatro di Marcello of Rome. She has also performed during the internationally broadcasted first anniversary of Telepace Armenia.
In addition to teaching at NEC’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Departments, she also teaches piano at the Rivers School Conservatory and Sharon Music Academy.
The concert is free and open to the public.