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Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian

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Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian has performed extensively in her native Armenia and the former Soviet Union, as well as internationally. Her solo appearances and frequent contributions to a number of ensembles have won acclaim from renowned authorities in the musical world, including praise from Paul Badura-Skoda, Mikhail Pletnev and Daniel Pollock.

Among the highlights of Karapetian-Shougarian's performing and teaching career are a prize at the Transcaucasian Music Competition in 1981 and a professorship at the Yerevan State Conservatory, where she taught a piano class and also piano teaching methods in 1988-2005. In 1986-1988 Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian also assisted Professor Lev Vlasenko in his piano class at Moscow Conservatory.

Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian is at home both with the classical and modern repertoire. Her spirited interpretations of Rachmaninov, Liszt, Chopin, Debussy and Olivier Messian invariably fascinate the public. Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian has had an impressive number of solo recitals in Syria, Jordan, the United States, Great Britain, Italy, and Argentina. In 1994 she was invited to perform in the prestigious Grande Finale concert with Ann Shein, a world-famous pianist, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her 1995 recital at the Washington Arts Club and a series of concerts in Buenos Aires and Cordoba in 1996 were highly praised by the international press and local musical circles.

Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian also performed with the Arlington Symphony and the Williamsburg Symphony orchestras. Her most recent recitals with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra featured Mozart's Concerto No. 23 in A Major and Saint-Saëns's concerto No. 2 in G Minor. In 2006-2007 she had solo recitals in Venice, in the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome and Teatro di Marcello of Rome (a recording of this concert can be found here).  

Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian also performed during the internationally broadcast first anniversary of Telepace Armenia. She has authored several articles on musicology and theory of piano interpretation. Among them are Methodological Observations in the Process of Advanced Piano Teaching (2004), The Vocal Element in Franz Schubert's Piano Sonatas (2004), The Art of Interpretation and International Competitions (2007).

Karapetian-Shougarian is currently a resident of Wellesley, Mass. As the spouse of Rouben Shougarian, Armenia's first Ambassador to Washington (1993-1999) and ambassador to Italy, Spain and Portugal (2005-2008), she has traveled extensively and, in addition to her professional career, performed many social and diplomatic duties.

Tchaikovsky Music School (Yeravin), studies with E. Tandilian; studies with Lev Vlasenko and Mikhail Pletnev (Moscow Conservatory).


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