Movses Pogossian made his American debut with the Boston Pops in 1990, about which Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: “There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance…” Prizewinner of several international competitions, he has performed extensively as a soloist in Europe and Northern America.
Committed champion of new music, Pogossian worked closely with composers such as Kurtág, Harbison, Saariaho, Mansurian and Chihara, among others. His duo with percussionist Kuniko Kato has commissioned several works for this medium and will be touring Japan in January. In Los Angeles, Pogossian frequently performs on Monday Evening Concerts, and is a recipient of the 2011 Forte Award.
An avid chamber musician, Pogossian has collaborated with Jeremy Denk, Kim Kashkashian, Alexei Lubimov, Rohan de Saram and members of the Tokyo, Kronos and Brentano string quartets. He is artistic director of the acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series, currently in its 12th season: http://dilijan.larkmusicalsociety.com
His discography includes solo violin albums Blooming Sounds and In Nomine, as well as Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with soprano Tony Arnold. Paul Griffiths writes: “…remarkable is Pogossian’s contribution, which is always beautiful, across a great range of colors and gestures, and always seems on the edge of speaking—or beyond.” His latest album of Stefan Wolpe’s violin works made the 2015 Top Ten list in Sunday Times (UK). Upcoming releases include a Schoenberg/Webern DVD, recorded at Arnold Schoenberg’s Brentwood home, and unaccompanied sonatas and partitas by JS Bach.
Pogossian is Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He participates in the Music for Food project, which uses music to raise awareness of global hunger.