Perspectives Festival was brought to life by Katya Janpoladyan, an Armenian American cellist and chamber musician. Through her extensive playing and teaching experience, Katya recognized Pittsburgh's desperate need for a platform for musicians of color. From this need, the Perspective Festival was born. The original vision and framework was developed in 2018. Covid temporarily delayed the project but in 2022, Katya Janpoladyan and co-director Maureen Conlon Gutierrez Dorosh launched the Perspectives Festival in Pittsburgh.
The Festival strives to bring diverse performers together to facilitate a dialogue amongst musicians of varied backgrounds. A more inclusive composition of musicians also enables the Festival to reach audiences that have traditionally been excluded from chamber music.
This festival consists of three classical and contemporary chamber music and jazz concerts. The concerts will take place in three different locations: the Wexford, Hill District and Beecheview areas of Greater Pittsburgh. In addition to diverse performers, the concerts will feature composers of color.
Katya Janpoladyan and Maureen Conlon Gutierrez are extremely proud to be presenting a fantastic line up of outstanding musicians and composers.
The Festival is made possible by Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra, Opportunity Fund, Heinz Foundation and Sphinx Organization.
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