Pegasus at Mana:
Orchestra Series Debut Concert

Saturday, October 21, 2017



Mana Theater, 1st Floor
Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Pegasus at Mana:
Orchestra Series Debut Concert


Mana Contemporary is proud to present the series debut concert of its first musicians-in-residence, Pegasus: The Orchestra. On Saturday, October 21st, join us for an exhilarating evening of classical music in a relaxed and intimate setting.

Committed to presenting world–class performances, Pegasus at Mana aims to rework the traditional concert setting, and presents solos, duets, and ensembles by established classical musicians who have all performed at major venues around the world and with leading orchestras—such as the New York Philharmonic, Juilliard Orchestra, and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

The principal string players of Pegasus: The Orchestra—with founder Karén Hakobyan—present the debut concert of their residency at Mana Contemporary. To kick off the residency, the concert takes us from the traditional to the innovative, displaying dexterity and enthusiasm. The program begins with the New Jersey premiere of Hakobyan’s spiritually uplifting, complex piano sextet Cras Es Noster (Tomorrow, Be Ours). Hakobyan steps off stage as the remaining string quintet performs two special arrangements of five songs by Komitas Vardapet, followed by the Scherzo of Debussy’s String Quartet Op. 10. For the climax of the evening, Mendelssohn’s thrilling Piano Sextet in D-major, Op. 110, Hakobyan rejoins the ensemble. From Mendelssohn’s 1824 piece to Hakobyan’s contemporary one, music of the ages fits together in an exhilarating one-hour experience followed by a social gathering.

Parking at Mana is complimentary.


Eiko Kano, violin
Stani Dimitrova, violin/viola
Angela Pickett, viola
Eddie Pogossian, cello
Pawel Knapik, d. bass
Karén Hakobyan, piano


Cras Es Noster (Tomorrow, Be Ours) Op. 18 for Piano Sextet

Five Armenian Pieces for String Quintet (arranged by K. Hakobyan)

Scherzo from String Quartet, Op. 10 (arranged by P. Knapik)

Piano Sextet in D Major, Op. 110


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 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 performed in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, Japan, and the United States. 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. Hakobyan has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras across several continents. His performances have been broadcasted on WQXR (New York’s classical radio atation), WMFT (Chicago’s classical radio station), Argentine National Radio, Monterrey’s (Mexico) Op. 102 radio station, and Armenian National Radio. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Pegasus: The Orchestra, based in New York.


Described as an artist with “electrifying intensity and lyrical expression” by
Kyoto newspaper. Japanese violinist Eiko Kano is known for her sensational
and dynamic performances. Eiko is prizewinner of multiple international competitions such as the 4th International Competition of Tokyo and Forval Scholarship, in which she was granted the Stradivarius Reinville for two years.

Kano currently serves as an assistant concertmaster in Albany Symphony Orchestra and regularly plays in the New York Philharmonic. She is also an artistic advisory board member and principal player in the newly founded Pegasus: The Orchestra, based in New York. Eiko received her BM and MM
from Manhattan School of Music and is a long-time resident of New York. Her CD original production “A Manhattan Story” was released earlier this year.


Stanichka Dimitrova, whose playing has been described as “wonderfully full in tone and exuberant in performance” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, was
a winner of the 2010 Concerto Competition at Stony Brook University. She has also been a First Prize winner in the Barbara Krakauer Scholarship Award Competition at the Associated Music Teachers League in New York City, Hopes, Talents, Masters International Competition in Dobrich, Bulgaria, Svetoslav Obretenov National Competition in Provadia, Bulgaria, and was a Top Prize winner of the National Competition for Austrian and German Music in Burgas, Bulgaria. Ms. Dimitrova is a graduate from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Sally Thomas. She received her doctoral degree at Stony Brook University, studying with Philip Setzer, Pamela Frank, Soovin Kim, and Philippe Graffin. Stanichka is a founder and artistic director of PhiloSonia chamber music series, designed to create a personal connection between audience members and classical music.


A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Angela Pickett has performed as a violist, violinist, and fiddler throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Japan. A two-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Career Grant, Angela’s solo performances have often been featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s regional and national radio programs. Angela is currently the violist of acclaimed string quintet Sybarite5, with whom she has performed in forty-two states, and in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress to the NYC Apple Store and Le Poisson Rouge.

Angela lives in New York City where she works as a teaching artist for Bridge Arts Ensemble, and a chamber music coach for Lincoln Center Stage. Angela holds a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music, a MM from the Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music in Viola and Music History from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Eddie Pogossian (cello) is a junior studying with Natasha Brofsky at the Juilliard School. As the recent winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Eddie performed the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations at David Geffen Hall in New York and at the Harris Theater in Chicago with the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Itzhak Perlman. In the summer of 2016 he performed the Rococo Variations with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall on the annual Armenian Night at the Pops concert. He was also the winner of the inaugural Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, earning him the honor to play the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Walt Disney Hall. Dedicated to chamber music, Eddie is a founding member of the Zelda Piano Quartet, a group currently a part of the Juilliard Honors Chamber Music Program. He has represented the Juilliard School at various high profile occasions, including the recent performance for the First Lady of China, and is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship from the Juilliard School.


Pawel Knapik is a Polish-American bassist, composer, and educator. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Wroclaw Academy of Music, and a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mr. Knapik also performs regularly with preeminent orchestras in the New York City metropolitan area such as New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre, as well as European ensembles including the legendary Vienna Philharmonic. Outside of the classical genre, Pawel Knapik worked with Paul McCartney, Bono and the Edge, Elvis Costello, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Harry Connick Jr., and appeared on Golden Globe winning TV series “Mozart in the Jungle.” Mr. Knapik has performed on four continents and plays a double bass crafted by Oreste Martini, Mantova 1934.

Yamaha CFIIIS Concert Grand Piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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