Movses Pogossian

Professor, Director of the Armenian Music Program and Artistic Director of the Dilijan Chamber Music Series

Department: The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Movses Pogossian is a celebrated prize-winning violinist who made his American debut performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in 1990. He has since performed extensively in North America and Europe as a soloist, sought-after chamber musician, and enthusiastic advocate of new music. Movses Pogossian is the Founding Director of UCLA’s Armenian Music Program, as well as the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series in Los Angeles. His prolific discography includes Complete Sonatas and Partitas by J. S. Bach and solo violin CDs “Inspired by Bach”, “Blooming Sounds”, and “In Nomine”.  Upcoming releases include a double album of Chamber Music of Tigran Mansurian, with Kim Kashkashian, as well as “Modulation Necklace” CD of New Armenian Music.

Pogossian has earned his advanced degrees from the Komitas Conservatory in Armenia and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow and is currently a Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. A committed educator and community organizer, he participates in the Music for Food project, which gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.