Pegasus at Mana:
Piano Series Debut Concert

Thursday, September 28, 2017



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

Pegasus at Mana:
Piano Series Debut Concert


Pegasus Piano Series directors Nadejda Vlaeva and Karén Hakobyan join forces in kicking off its opening season with their debut concert on September 28 at 7:30pm at Mana Contemporary. The exciting program is designed to showcase the extraordinary talent of the two pianists through solo and duet performances, along with engaging musical commentary from the artists.


Antonin Dvořák (1841–1904)
Slavonic Dance In E Minor, Op. 72 No. 2, “Dumka” 
Nadejda Vlaeva, piano
Karén Hakobyan, piano

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
Étude in A-flat major, Op. 25 No. 1, “Aeolian Harp”
Étude in E major, Op. 10 No. 3
Étude in C-sharp minor, Op. 10 No. 4

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon
L'isle joyeuse

George Gershwin (1915–2010)
(arranged by Earl Wild)
Virtuoso Étude No. 4, “Embraceable You”
Virtuoso Étude No. 1, “Fascinating Rhythm”

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Transcendental Étude in F Minor, No. 10
Karén Hakobyan, piano

Robert Volkmann (1815–1883)
Fantasy in A minor, Op. 25a

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Venezia e Napoli
I.   Gondoliera
II.  Canzone
III. Tarantella
Nadejda Vlaeva, piano

Antonin Dvořák (1841–1904)
Slavonic Dance in G Minor, Op. 46/8, “Furiant”
Nadejda Vlaeva, piano
Karén Hakobyan, piano


Karén Hakobyan
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.

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Nadejda Vlaeva
Nadejda Vlaeva, pianist, has been called one of those people of extraordinary ability whom we hope for but rarely see. She has given solo recitals and appeared with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Nadejda Vlaeva is a Hyperion recording artist, and was the first pianist to record the complete Bach Transcriptions of Camille Saint-Saëns [“positively stunning,” BBC Music Magazine]. She received the Grand Prix liszt du disque for her Piano Music of Liszt CD and recorded soundtrack music for the documentary film In Search of Cezanne, produced by Academy Award winner Allan Miller. The American composer Lowell Liebermann composed his Nocturne No. 9 and his Variations on a Theme of Schubert for Ms. Vlaeva, both of which she premiered. Vlaeva also premiered some recently discovered works by the 19th-century composers Sergei Bortkiewicz and Vladimir Drozdoff at Carnegie's Zankel Hall.  She’s been a frequent guest at the EG Conference where she has collaborated with BBC Planet Earth and the violinist Joshua Bell.


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

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