Kariné Poghosyan has been described as an “extraordinary” and “larger than life” pianist, whose playing “goes to the heart of the music.” She began her music studies in her native Yerevan, Armenia, studying at the Romanos Melikian Music College and Komitas State Conservatory. During these years, she was active in performances, with appearances on Armenian National Television, and in competitions. She made her orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and received second prize at the Arno Babajanian Second State Piano Competition, where she was also awarded a special prize for the Best Concert Etude.
She also won the CSUN Symphony Concerto Competition, the New West Symphony Discovery Artists Competition, the 1000 Islands International Piano Competition, and the Artists International Auditions, and was a top prizewinner in the Five Towns Music and Arts Competition and the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition. She received scholarship awards from the honorable National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Glendale Symphony Orchestra, the Armenian Students Association of America, AGBU, and the Jacob and Bronislaw Gimpel Memorial Award.
Some of her performances include recitals at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Trinity’s Concerts at Oneseries at the St. Paul’s Chapel, the Beverly Hills Sundays at Twoseries, a recital for the Valley Committee for the LA Philharmonic, the Bach’s Lunch Recital Series in Manhattan Beach in California, the Los Angeles Liszt Competition Winners’ Concert at the Nixon Library, the Young Artists International Peninsula Festival in California, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. She has appeared with numerous orchestras including the New West Symphony, Musica Bella Symphony Orchestra, CSUN Symphony Orchestra, and Armenian Youth Symphony.
She has participated in master classes with such renowned artists as Alicia de Larrocha, Claude Franck, Jon O’Connor, and Jerome Rose. Kariné Poghosyan is also an active chamber musician, and as a member of various chamber groups, she was selected twice as the winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition.
In addition to her distinctions as a performer, Kariné Poghosyan also demonstrated excellence in various academic endeavors, being inducted to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and included in several editions of the National Dean’s List. She received her Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from California State University in Northridge, under Professor Françoise Regnat, and her Master’s and D.M.A. degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, under Dr. Arkady Aronov.
She was the first M.S.M. graduate in over twenty years to have completed her Doctoral studies in only two years. Her doctoral thesis was on Aram Khachaturian for Piano. She is currently a teaching associate for Dr. Arkady Aronov in the College Division.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2007.