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Violist Kim Kashkashian & Composer/Pianist Tigran Mansurian in Concert
Contact:; (202) 744-2472
Violist Kim Kashkashian & composer/pianist Tigran Mansurian perform classical and traditional Armenian music, Nov. 8, 2009 at The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Baird Auditorium. Presented by the Embassy of Armenia and The Smithsonian Associates.

December 8 at Baird Auditorium:

A rare opportunity to see violist Kim Kashkashian in concert with

National Treasure of Armenia, composer/pianist Tigran Mansurian

Performing Classical and Traditional Armenian Music

Contact:  Gail Wein: (202) 744-2472 

November 19, 2009

For Immediate Release

World-renowned violist Kim Kashkashian teams with composer/pianist Tigran Mansurian and multi-faceted percussionist�Robyn Schulkowsky to perform compositions by Mansurian (Armenia�s most famous composer and a national treasure) as well as a selection of his stunning arrangements of music by the revered Armenian visionary Komitas Vardapet.� �This concert is a rare opportunity to hear these musicians come together in riveting live performances of Armenian masterworks.

Washington, DC: December 8th - 7:30 PM at Baird Auditorium

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

10th St. and Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC


Tickets: $20 for Smithsonian Associates Members/$25 General Public

Presented by the Embassy of Armenia and the Smithsonian Associates


Born in Detroit, Kim Kashkashian is a viola player of Armenian extraction. She studied with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle at the Peabody Conservatory. Her international career began with major successes at the Lionel Tertis and Munich competitions (among others), followed by appearances with leading orchestras and conductors. She played chamber music with such figures as Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma and several leading string quartets and was soon appearing on a regular basis at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Mostly Mozart, Lockenhaus and Salzburg festivals. Kashkashian has worked closely with such composers as Gy�rgy Kurt�g, Tigran Mansurian, Sofia Gubaidulina and Giya Kancheli. The compositions and transcriptions especially written for her have considerably enlarged the viola repertoire. Her many award-winning recordings for ECM feature not only orchestral works but duo releases with the pianist Robert Levin and the percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, including the two Brahms sonatas, the viola music of Paul Hindemith, the album 'Voci' with works by Luciano Berio and several performances of works by Tigran Mansurian. She held professorships at Freiburg and Berlin before receiving an appointment to the New England Conservatory, Boston, in 2000.

Tigran Mansurian was born in Beirut to Armenian parents. In 1947 his family returned to Yerevan. After taking his doctorate there in 1968 he began teaching at the local conservatory, serving as its director in

the early 1990s. His artistic evolution is noteworthy for his increasingly critical confrontation with the western avant-garde. His mature style incorporates a deep study of medieval Armenian church music and various forms of folk music as well as the western classical legacy. Mansurian's oeuvre includes chamber music, orchestral and vocal works. Much of it has been issued by ECM in outstanding recordings with artists of the calibre of Kim Kashkashian, the Rosamunde Quartet, Jan Garbarek, the Hilliard Ensemble and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under its director Christoph Poppen. Performers of the stature of Oleg Kagan, Natalia Gutman and Alexei Lubimov have performed his music. Today Mansurian lives in Yerevan and Los Angeles and is considered the leading contemporary composer of Armenia.

Born and raised in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky has been an innovator and collaborator throughout her life. Since 1998, as founder of Rhythm Lab, Schulkowsky has brought drumming workshops to cities worldwide, incorporating indigenous drumming styles and patterns from around the globe, and involving students, professionals and aficionados alike in workshops, study, and concerts.

An active musician on five continents, Schulkowsky moved to Germany during a heyday of experimental and adventurous classical composition.� She has premiered and recorded some of the most important works in the 20th and 21st century, working with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Christian Wolff, Kevin Volans, John Cage, Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis, presenting their works in tours over most of the planet.� She is a composer herself:� In 2008 she premiered her opera The Child of the Sea Otter in Germany.

2009 East Coast Tour Details

Boston: �December 2nd - 8:00 PM at Jordan Hall

Philadelphia: �December 6th - 3:00 PM at the Settlement Music School presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society


New York City: �December 6th - 9:30 PM at Le Poisson Rouge

Washington, DC: �December 8th - 7:30 PM at Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

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