Karén Hakobyan and Eiko Kano. Photo: Courtesy of the artists 

Violinist Eiko Kano, who will play a rare, 300-year-old Stradivarius “Wilhelmj” violin,

and pianist Karén Hakobyan have performed worldwide

Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s concert program featuring award-winning artists performing in an intimate, casual setting that evokes the salons of Paris, features a roster of internationally recognized young musicians. On Friday, October 25 at 6pm, The New Yorkers, Eiko Kano (violin) and Karén Hakobyan (piano), will present a varied and engaging selection of chamber music from the Baroque period through modern composers that includes Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), Claude Debussy (1862–1918), Johannes Brahms (1862–1918), Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), and George Gershwin (1898–1937). Kano will play on a Stradivarius

Wilhelmj violin made in 1725, loaned to her by Nippon Music Foundation

At all Salon Series concerts, performers offer insight and personal anecdotes about their programs, and attendees can meet and talk with the musicians following the concerts. The series is co-programmed with Louis Meisel, Concert Artists Guild, and Yamaha Artists Services, Inc.

“Salon Series is a highlight of our music programming at the Parrish,” said Museum Director Terrie Sultan. “It’s so much more than a concert—it’s the opportunity for audience and performer to come together in an intimate dialogue about the work of great composers.”

The New Yorkers begin their recital by introducing themselves with two solo works. Hakobyan will play Debussy’s extended piano pieceL’isle joyeuse (The Joyful Island) composed in 1904. Kano will perform the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor, composed between 1717 and 1720, that may very well have been played on the 1725 Stradivarius she is using at Salon Series. The two then come together to perform the Brahms Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 100.  Also known as Meistersinger, it was written during the composer’s stay in Switzerland in the summer of 1886. 

After intermission The New Yorkers will play works dating from the 20th century, beginning with songs from Gershwin’s Porgy & Bessarranged by Jascha Heifetz: Summertime, A Woman is A Sometime Thing, It Ain’t Necessarily So, and Bess, You Is My Woman. The recital ends with Stavinsky’s Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano (1932-3), based on the one-act ballet Pulcinella that the composer wrote in 1920.This work marked the beginning of Stravinsky’s second phase as a composer—his neoclassical period.


Karén Hakobyan

Described as “a musician of abundant gifts and bountiful ideas” by New York Concert Review, Armenian American pianist, composer, and conductor Karén Hakobyan is a versatile force on the international music scene. Since his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 17, he has performed in major concert halls in Armenia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, Japan, and the U.S. He is a top prizewinner of multiple international competitions and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the University of Utah. Hakobyan has appeared as a soloist with orchestras across several continents.


Eiko Kano

Described as an artist with “electrifying intensity and lyrical expression” by Kyoto newspaper, Japanese violinist Eiko Kano is known for her dynamic performances. She is the winner of multiple international competitions including the 4th International Competition of Tokyo and the Forval Scholarship, through which she was granted a Stradivarius Rainville violin made in 1697. Kano is assistant concertmaster in the Albany Symphony Orchestra and plays regularly in the New York Philharmonic. She is an artistic advisory board member and concertmaster of Pegasus: The Orchestra. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music from Manhattan School of Music. Her A Manhattan StoryCDs, released in 2017 and 2019, were featured on JAL airlines in flight audio programming

Tickets for all Salon Series concerts are $25; $10 for Parrish Members and include Museum admission. The Golden Pear Café and the Parrish will be open before and after the concerts. Reservations and advance payment required.


SALON SERIES: Fall, 2019

All concerts on Fridays, 6pm

October 11:  Clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka

October 18:  Pianist Yoonie Han

October 25:  Violinist Eiko Kano and pianist Karén Hakobyan.


Salon Series is generously supported by Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust, and Concert Artists Guild; and sponsored by Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.

Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America. Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  


Concert Artists Guild

Founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture, and promote young musicians, Concert Artists Guild provides support to a roster of talented artists during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career. Artists are selected through a rigorous multi-round annual competition open to traditional and non-traditional instrumentalists, ensembles, and singers. CAG has helped several hundred young musicians start careers over the past sixty years.

Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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