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SATO MOUGHALIAN: Artistic Director Bio

The range of Sato Moughalian’s activities as an artistic director includes the founding of Perspectives Ensemble in 1993 as a group in residence at St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University and its subsequent participation in concert series at the 92nd St. Y, Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall; the creation of touring chamber groups for Columbia Artists over a period of seven years; artistic direction of Rutgers University’s SummerFest and Music on the Island; critically acclaimed recordings for Sony Classics, Newport Classics and New World Records; and collaborations with conductors, composers, musicians, and artists in other media. As founder of MAYA, she is particularly active in seeking and identifying gifted emerging composers and working with them through the commissioning process.

Perspectives Ensemble was created, in part, to present works within a cultural context, and to create performances which are informed by the influences prevailing on composers at the time of composition,  in order to give voice to Ms. Moughalian’s lifelong interest in other arts forms and their relationship to music (Mission Statement), and to her particularly detailed approach to the preparation of performances. Under her direction, the group has considered subjects including the influence of traditional music on “classical” composers, in particular, music of the Romani people in Spain and Hungary, and the development of a distinctly American style in architecture, dance and music. An important behind-the-scenes element in the preparation of performances of works by composers who incorporated or were influenced by folk or traditional music in developing their own distinctive style, is an organized period of intensive listening, on the part of the musicians, to exemplars of those folk traditions.  Perspectives Ensemble has presented the New York City premieres of works of Aaron Jay Kernis and Gabriel Erkoreka, and has recorded music of Richard Danielpour, Charles Tomlinson Griffes and Karel Husa to the same critical acclaim that it has received for its concert performances since its formation.  

During the 1980s, Ms. Moughalian was invited to create two groups which toured extensively throughout North America under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management. Souvenirs of the Opera was an evocation of the influence of bel canto style on instrumental and vocal music in the 19th century, and was an outgrowth of Ms. Moughalian’s study with opera coach and pianist Mikael Eliasen, which also resulted in her first CD, The Operatic Flute (MHS 51214OZ). The second, the Alexandria Quintet, explored and enlarged the chamber music repertoire with harp in over 200 performances and a New York debut presented by Town Hall.

 

Press quotes:

Perspectives Ensemble:

“excellent recording of chamber music” American Record Guide

“first-rate performances by accomplished musicians” The New York Times

“these works were given exquisite performances” The New York Times

“stunning” “One would think that this work, with its rhythmic suppleness and bright hues, needed the coordinating hand of a conductor. The 15-player Perspectives Ensemble worked without one, yet gave a performance that was remarkably polished, fastidiously balanced and full of electricity.” The New York Times

“ a superb recital by the Perspectives Ensemble” The New York Times

“rhythms were remarkably precise, supple and subtle” The New York Times

 “The performances by the Perspectives Ensemble, an outstanding aggregation based in New York, are first-rate, with particularly fine playing by the flutist Sato Moughalian” The New York Times

“This is an important and enjoyable disc.” Fanfare

“The performances on this CD are uniformly gorgeous” CD reviews for the Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 program CD Gallery

“The instrumentalists of the Perspectives Ensemble, attached to Columbia University, are to be congratulated on their fine committed playing of these remarkable works and on their initiative in recording them. A real treat for the adventurous listener.” Film Music on the Web

 

 

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