BOSTON—California native and pianist Tanya Gabrielian recently won the 2008 prestigious Pro Musicis International Award. As part of her award, she will appear in debut recitals in New York on March 25 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and in Boston on March 21 at the Pickman Hall of the Longy School of Music, both at 8 p.m.
Born in 1983 and schooled in the United States and London’s Royal Academy of Music, Gabrielian was the first prize recipient at the 2004 Scottish International Piano competition and won the top prize at the 2003 Aram Khachaturian Competition in Armenia. She has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonia, and Armenian Philharmonic, and has toured Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Other performances have taken her to Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, South Korea, Spain, as well as major cities across the United States. Her debut recital in London’s Wigmore Hall was raved by the press as “revelatory” and an “outstanding achievement by any standard,” and her Southbank debut in the Purcell Room was chosen as one of the “Performances of the Year 2006.”
Pro Musicis was founded in France in 1965 with the mission to “nurture and share the artistic inspiration of the world’s finest concert artists.” The foundation offers performance opportunities to those who receive its coveted award. Other artists of Armenian descent who are Pro Musicis award recipients include violist Kim Kashkashian (1979), violinist Peter Oundjian (1980), and pianist Emma Tahmizian (1992).
In both Boston and New York concerts, Gabrielian will perform an interesting and eclectic program of works by Schnittke, Glinka-Balakirev, Bartok, Schubert, and Mansurian. Tickets for the New York concert can be purchased by calling the Carnegie Hall Box office at (212) 247-7800. The Boston event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Armenian Culture Society (FACS). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (800) 310-3211. For more information, visit www.promusicis.org or www.artsboston.org.