Armenian Kanun Artist to Play with Pasadena Symphony

Karine Hovhannisyan

PASADENA—On March 12 George Stelluto, will lead the Pasadena Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, one of his most profound achievements, enduring almost two centuries and cherished all over the world. The audience will also experience the enchanting beauty of Mendelssohn’s music for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream plus a spectacular kanun concerto by Armenian master Khachatur Avetisyan played by Karine Hovhannisyan.

Hovhannisyan is regarded as the foremost kanun (72-string Middle Eastern lap harp) player of her generation. She studied with the legendary composer and kanunist Khachatur Avetisyan, whose most important works for the kanun include the virtuosic concerto for kanun and orchestra recorded with the Armenian Opera Orchestra.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1966, Hovhannisyan is a graduate of Tigran Chukhadjyan and Arno Babadjanyan Music Schools. A winner of the Sayat Nova Competition, Hovhannisyan is now on the faculty of the Komitas State Conservatory and a member of the Armenian State Dance Ensemble. She is a member of the Shoghaken Ensemble having performed with the group at Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the “White Nights Festival” in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany and a major US tour with performances in Carnegie Hall, The Kimmell Center, Cornell University, Dartmouth, Cleveland Museum of Art, JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles Skirball Museum and UC Berkeley.
George Stelluto is Resident Conductor of the Juilliard School, Music Director of Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Ravinia Festival, and advisor to Sinfonia por La Vida in Ecuador. He has performed with Ukrainian National Orchestra, New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Boston’s Alea III and Central Conservatory Orchestra in Beijing as part of Juilliard’s 2008 tour of China and for its 100th Anniversary Tours of Europe and America. George Stelluto is Juilliard’s first Artist Diploma recipient in conducting, the first Resident Conductor at the Juilliard School, and the first ever Assistant Conductor at the Ravinia Festival. He also holds two Master’s Degrees (Violin & Conducting) from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin from West Virginia University, summa cum laude. Among his numerous awards are the State of Nevada Regents Creativity Award and The Bruno Walter Memorial Fellowship at Juilliard.

The Pasadena Symphony is delighted to now offer patrons an opportunity to buy tickets for Beethoven 7 and hear Rachmaninoff 2 for half price. This subscription deal will only last until March 12, 2011. Choose either the 2pm or 8pm performance. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience your esteemed orchestra as never before in the “Carnegie Hall of the West”.  To subscribe, call 626.793.7172 or visit

To purchase tickets for Beethoven 7, visit or call 626.793.7172. Ticket price range: $30-$80. Tickets for children 14 and under are just $10. Senior Rush Tickets will be sold onsite for the 2pm concert and are just $15.


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