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Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Playing Concert to Support SLU’s ‘All Steinway’ Initiative

by Maggie Rotermund
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Kariné Poghosyan will perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall in March

ST. LOUIS – Internationally acclaimed pianist Kariné Poghosyan will return to St. Louis in March to perform in support of Saint Louis University. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Karine Poghosyan

Internationally acclaimed pianist Kariné Poghosyan performs at St. Francis Xavier College Church in 2022. Submitted photo. 

Tickets for the event are $5 and proceeds benefit SLU’s goal to be an “All Steinway” school. The “All Steinway” designation is one carried by just 200 conservatories, universities and colleges worldwide.

Following a concerted effort to replace pianos campus-wide, SLU has added 12 Steinways to its inventory. Two pianos remain before SLU meets its goal. 

“Nearly 400 SLU students each year are involved with some type of musical endeavor through the Department of Visual and Performing Arts,” said Aaron Johnson, D.M.A., associate professor and director of SLU’s music program.

“With 98% of all concert halls in the world using Steinway pianos, the ability to practice and perform on instruments of that caliber is the type of hands-on experience SLU performers need,” Johnson said.

Poghosyan first came to SLU in November of 2022, teaching master classes for Visual and Performing Arts students and performing at St. Francis Xavier College Church.

An award-winning Armenian-American pianist, Poghosyan has been praised on the world stage for her “ability to get to the heart of the works she performs.” Since her orchestral debut at the age of fourteen, Poghosyan has been performing for concert audiences around the globe.

Her concerts include two sold-out recitals at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the second of which was a CD Release concert of her “Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky” recording on Centaur Records. 

Poghosyan is signed to Navona Records of Parma Recordings and released her third album “Folk Themes,” an album of works by Grieg, Coleridge Taylor, and Liszt, in early 2023.

Support the SLU Steinway Piano Initiative

To support the SLU Steinway Piano Initiative or for additional information, contact Emily Hermes, director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences, or Cathleen A. Fleck, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.