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Suren Bagratuni, Cello

by Suren Bagratuni

The renowned debut solo CD of Armenian cellist Suren Bagratuni featuring all the solo and duo cello works of Armenian composer Adam Khudoyan in world premiere recordings alongside the masterpieces by George Crumb and Paul Hindemith for solo cello.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sonata No. 1 for Cello Solo
8:34 album only
2. Sonata No. 2 for Cello Solo
13:16 album only
3. Sonata No. 3 for Cello Solo
11:57 album only
4. Sonata for Two Cellos: 1. Moderato (feat. Natalia Khoma)
7:17 album only
5. Sonata for Two Cellos: 2. Andante (feat. Natalia Khoma)
4:44 album only
6. Sonata for Two Cellos: 3. Allegro giocoso Giocoso (feat. Natalia Khoma)
4:46 album only
7. Nostalgia (feat. Natalia Khoma)
5:33 album only
8. Sonata for Solo Violoncello: 1. Fantasia: Andante espressivo e con molto rubato
3:33 album only
9. Sonata for Solo Violoncello: 2. Tema pastorale con variazioni
4:49 album only
10. Sonata for Solo Violoncello: 3. Toccata: Largo e drammatico
2:21 album only
11. Sonata for Cello Solo: 1. Lebhaft, sehr markiert
1:49 album only
12. Sonata for Cello Solo: 2. Mäßig schnell, Gemächlich
1:15 album only
13. Sonata for Cello Solo: 3. Langsam
3:51 album only
14. Sonata for Cello Solo: 4. Lebhafte Viertel
0:31 album only
15. Sonata for Cello Solo: 5. Mäßig schnell
2:11 album only


Album Notes
Suren Bagratuni, Cello

...1. Sonata No. 1 for Cello Solo [08:25]
...2. Sonata No. 2 for Cello Solo [13:14]
...3. Sonata No. 3 for Cello Solo [12:00]

Sonata for Two Cellos [16:42]
...4. Moderato [06:56]
...5. Andante [05:01]
...6. Allegro giocoso [04:45]

...7. Nostalgia [05:31]

Sonata for Solo Violoncello [09:40]
...8. Fantasia: Andante espressivo e con molto rubato [03:40]
...9. Tema pastorale con variazioni [03:42]
...10. Toccata: Largo e drammatico [02:18]

Sonata for Cello Solo [09:30]
...11. Lebhaft, sehr markiert [01:48]
...12. Mäßig schnell, Gemächlich [01:14]
...13. Langsam [03:53]
...14. Lebhafte Viertel [00:29]
...15. Mäßig schnell [02:06]

Disc Playing Time [01:16:00]


Winner of the silver medal at the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory, Bagratuni has gone on to a distinguished international career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In addition to performing throughout the former Soviet Union, he has toured worldwide, earning enthusiastic praise in both traditional and contemporary repertoire.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, he began his musical education there at the age of seven. After winning several national and international competitions, he continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory and later in the United States at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Bagratuni began performing at age ten, and by age fourteen appeared as a concerto soloist performing Saint-Saens’ Concerto with the Armenian State Radio Orchestra. Since then he has performed with all the major orchestras in the former Soviet Union, including the Moscow Philharmonic (under the direction of Valery Gergiev) and has also appeared with numerous orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

His solo appearances include recitals in the major concert halls of the world. Chamber music appearances have included guest invitations with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Newport Music Festival, the “Russian Winter” Festival in Moscow, the El Paso Pro Musica International Festival, Bargemusic, and international festivals in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Korea, China, and Taiwan.

Bagratuni has won critical acclaim for his CD releases on the Ongaku and BGR labels, featuring solo works for cello, solo suites by Bach, and sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. He also appears on the Marco Polo, Russian Disc, Cambria, and CMH labels. He has recorded for “Melodiya” and been featured on CBC Radio Canada, WNYC in New York, WGBH in Boston, NPR, and NHK TV Japan.

In addition to his solo activities, he performs as a member of Trio Nobilis, serves as artistic director of the Cello Plus music festival, and conducts master classes worldwide. A former faculty member of the New England Conservatory and the University of Illinois, Bagratuni is currently Artist-Teacher and Professor of Cello at the Michigan State University College of Music.

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Natalia Khoma is internationally renowned cellist. Since winning the All-Ukrainian competition Natalia Khoma has won top prizes at the Budapest Pablo Casals Competition, Markneukirchen (Germany) and the Tchaikovsky International Competitions, as well as First prize at the Belgrade International Cello Competition.

A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Khoma studied at the Lviv Central Music School and the Lviv Conservatory with Evhen Shpitzer and from 1982 until 1990 at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya. In the United States, Ms. Khoma was awarded the Artist Diploma of the Boston University under the direction of Professor Leslie Parnas.

The first and only Ukrainian cellist to became a laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition, she has since distinguished herself as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras thorough the former USSR, as well as USA, Canada, South America, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Eastern Europe, South Africa and the Middle and Far East.

Natalia Khoma has performed as a soloist with such leading ensembles as the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukrainian National State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of New York City Symphony Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and has had solo recitals and performed in Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Philharmonic Big Hall of Columns (Kyiv), Odesa Philharmonic Theatre in Ukraine, Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall (New York), Jordan Hall and Tsai Performance Center (Boston), Krannert Center (Illinois),Wharton Center (Michigan), Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Palais des Beux Arts (Brussels), Amphitheatre Richelieu de la Sorbonne, Salons de Boffrand de la Presidence du Senat (Paris), Linder Auditorium (Johannesburg), Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall (Cape Town), Grand Halls of the Franz Liszt Music Academy (Hungary) and Oslo Music Academy (Norway), Teatro de Santa Isabel (Recife) among many others.

Recital and chamber music appearances have included guest invitations in the International Festivals in Switzerland (St Gallen International Festival), Germany ("International Women’s Festival" in Hamburg), Spain (“'Pau Casals', El Vendrell”; ” Torroella De Montgri”; “de la Vila de Llivia”), Ukraine (Kyiv Music Fest, “Virtuosi”, “Contrasts”), France (Masters de Pontlevoy), Brazil (“Virtuosi”), Curacao (Art in Avila), Canada (Niagara International Chamber Music Festival), and USA (LWMF, Mohonk Festival of the Arts, El Paso Chamber Music Festival, Southampton Festival of the Arts, Lake San Marcos Chamber Music Society, Music and Art of Greene County, Spring Fest in Ann Arbor, BargeMusic, Festival of the Hamptons, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston and her annual appearance as the Artist-in-Residence at the “Music at the Institute” Series in New York).

With performances which have been hailed around the world as “technically dazzling”, “intense, brilliant, and with perfect structure”, “full warm cello tone…and, what a drive!” and, “the precision of her executions, Slavic Zen”, Natalia Khoma made her first public appearance on TV at age ten and performed her first concerto with the orchestra at age thirteen.
Ms. Khoma was a Professor at the Lviv Conservatory (Ukraine), Roosevelt University College of Music in Chicago, Michigan State University and was a visiting Professor of University of Connecticut School of Music.

In November 1992 she was invited to be a head of the Jury at the First International Lysenko Competition in Kyiv, Ukraine; in November 2007 she performed with Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra at the opening concert of the same Competition.

Ms. Khoma has recorded for NHK-TV (Japan) and made CD recordings for TNC/Cambria, Blue Griffin, IMP, Dorian sono luminus, Centaur, Naxos and Ongaku labels, as well as for Ukrainian, Russian, German, Spanish, former Yugoslavian, Israeli and Hungarian Radio and Television, WNYC-FM in New York and WGBH-FM in Boston. In 2010 Natalia Khoma was featured in Grammy nominated CD (Dorian sono luminous label) "Radames Gnattali: Solo and Chamber Works for Guitar".

On October 2008 she was awarded a title – Honorary Professor of Lviv State Academy of Music, Ukraine; on May 2010 – Honorary Professor of Odesa State Music Academy, Ukraine. In 2011 she was appointed program coordinator of the Music and Art Center of Greene County, New York.

In addition to her performing activities, Natalia Khoma is an Associate Professor of Cello at College of Charleston, SC and co-Founder and music co-Director of Charleston Music Fest (

She serves as organizer of the Children and Music Foundation, which provides music training, instruments and financial aid to young, gifted Ukrainian music students in need.

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