12 July

I will play Bach Sarabande and we will pray together for the peace in this sunny region

13.07.2017

“It’s a great pleasure for me to be in this stage where the best artists always play. I’m thankful to my good friend Maestro Sergey Smbatyan for giving me this opportunity to be on this stage together with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia”,-said Maxim Vengerov, the world famous violinist to the audience and he received a standing ovation yesterday evening. The artist was in Yerevan to perform for the gala-concert of Armenia International Music Festival and Competition. “Take my congratulations for the conclusion of the first Armenia Festival-Competition which is famous hereinafter. This is not just a Competition-Festival, but a good platform for the artists. Today we met the winners of the competition and I hope we’ll hear those names which will shine in near future. As a bis I will play Bach Sarabande and we will pray together for peace in this sunny region”,-said Vengerov and gave an unforgettable sounds to the audience who didn’t want to leave the hall. Maxim Vengerov and the State Youth Orchestra together opened the concert with the, Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” Symphonic Poem. Under the audience’s countinous applaud Maxim Vengerov came to the stage.  The conductor of the concert was Sergey Smbatyan. The musicians played the “Violin Concerto” of Brams and the the “Lonely Sail” of Alexey Shor, the composer-in-residence of the festival Sergey Smbatyan, the artistic director of the festival says the concert is a great success for them. Armenia competition and festival is coming to the end, Maestro Vengerov is in Armenia. All […]

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The names of the winners of first Armenia International Music Competition are announced

12.07.2017

Today the winners of the first Armenia International Music Competition were announced. The first prize winner is Hripsime Ahgaqaryan (Armenia), the second prize winner is Khachik Andreasyan (Armenia), the third prize winner is Dominik Wizjan (Poland), as well as the special prize winner is Seolhwa Kim (South Korea). Besides the winners two more participants were granted vouchers of participation for Malta International Piano Competition in April, 2018. The chairman of jury Armen Babakhanyan mentioned, that their expectations were fulfilled. “I’m satisfied with the results. I was among the jurors of many competitions, but this group of jury was different: their work, their approach to every contestant was unique. Our opinions about performers coincided in 95% occasions. Our choice of the winner was consentaneous and that was a fantastic result. The jurors were the representatives of different schools. Despite this they were judging the performances according to their professionalism”,-said Babakhanyan. Kostantin Ishkhanov, the president of the European Foundation for Support of Culture, thinks that the competition was held on  very high level. “I’m very glad that such famous artists came to Armenia and performed here. The best 5 participants of the competition will have an opportunity to go to Malta and to take part in the Piano competition, in 2018. The prize fund is quite tangible -hundred thousand Euros for the First Prize and the total prize fund is two hundred thousand Euros. I hope that the participants of Armenian competition will do their best in Malta.” The First Prize winner Hripsime Aghaqaryan is a student […]

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Maxim Vengerov: ”The ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition is unique”

11.07.2017

A press conference dedicated to the 1st ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition took place on July 11, 2017. The Artistic Director of the ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition Sergey Smbatyan and famous violinist, Maxim Vengerov, who won the Grammy award twice summed up the festival and competition. On July 12 Vengerov will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. Maxim Vengerov noted that there have been lots of musical festivals, but ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition is unique. ”There are lots of festivals in the world, but a festival-competition format is special for the young performers. I am glad for my participation”. Vengerov added that he had heard about the ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition in different countries (France, Germany) and from various sources and it is a great pleasure for him to be part of this festival. Vengerov noted that it is always great honor to visit and perform in Armenia. ”I am glad to communicate with such a musician as my dear friend Sergey Smbatyan. He is full of new ideas. It’s a real  miracle what Sergey Smbatyan has done with the Youth Orchestra. I remember when I conducted the Youth Orchestra, I took with me their enthusiasm, sincerity which was in every note”. Answering to the question of the journalist Vengerov added that he was going to learn Violin concerto by Khachaturian. ”Some years ago I tried to learn it, but for some reason it was out of the program. Everything is ahead, as Violin Concerto […]

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The “Armenia” International Festival and Competition managed to generate an interest among the connoisseurs of the classical music

11.07.2017

The AGBU hall hosted a concert of Abgar Muradyan Duo (Lilit Zakaryan: piano, Davit Gyulamiryan: clarinet), the ensemble of State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. The concert was organized within the framework of the “Armenia” International Festival and Competition. Compositions by Johannes Brahms, Camile Saint-Saens, Eduard Baghdasaryan, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc were presented. Clarinetist Davit Gyulamiryan noted: “Within the framework of  festivals concerts are being organized. They can be thematic or not. Meanwhile our festival has already had a comprehensive meaning in its name. Within the framework of the “Armenia” International Festival world known musicians perform, only high level classical music is presented. We are very glad to be part of the International festivals like “Armenia”, Khachaturian festival. The Khachaturian International Festival has already gained international recognition and respect. I wish a good start and green path also to the 1st “Armenia” International Festival and Competition. Another project will be completed in just a few days. And the most delightful thing is that it’s real to organize such a high level project in our small country which is relevant to  international standards and could create an interest among the connoisseurs of the classical music within a short period of time”. The organizers of the 1st “Armenia” International Festival and Competition are the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and European Foundation for Support of Culture. It is held with the support of RA Ministry of Culture. The event is held under the high patronage of the first lady of the RA Rita Sargsyan.

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The Orchestra of Komische Oper Berlin performed headed by Sergey Smbatyan

10.07.2017

On 9 July, 2017 the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan performed with the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. The concert was organized within the framework of the Choriner Opernsommer festival. It’s a very prestigious festival held in Germany with more than 50 years history. The festival takes place in cloister of Chorin Abbey in Chorin based in 1258. This architectural monument is considered a place where many cultural events take place. The Choriner Opernsommer festival hosts very famous artists and orchestras  from all over the world. The program of the concert included  the Piano Concerto No. 9 of  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 3 of Ludwig van Beethoven. The soloist  was famous German pianist Martin Stadtfeld, the fourfold Echo Klassik prize winner. This was the first cooperation of the conductor and the Orchestra. The Komische Oper Berlin is a famous German opera company based in Berlin. It was founded in 1947. The orchestra of the theatre was headed by such ha famous conductors as Otto Klemperer, Václav Neumann, Kurt Masur, Kirill Petrenko, Fabio Luisi, etc. The repertoire of Berlin’s Komische Oper is comprehensive: many international premieres were entrusted to the orchestra.

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“Armenia” International Festival and Competition has an impulsive power and gives a chance to the musicians to create something new. Gevorg Muradyan

10.07.2017

The 2nd round of the piano competition within the framework of the “Armenia” International Festival and Competition started on July 10.  20 pianists will present their performing art and will compete for the prizes. On July 12 the the winners will be revealed! Every day the audience has an opportunity to enjoy concerts within the framework of the “Armenia” International Festival and Competition. On July 8 Aram Khachaturian House-Museum hosted a concert of the Khachaturian Trio. The trio presented compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Alexey Shor, Antonín Dvořák. A concert dedicated to the conductor Gevorg Muradyan’s 70th anniversary taking place at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall on July 9. Headed by Gevorg Muradyan  the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra performed. During the concert famous pianist Nareh Arghamanyan (Austria) performed with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Compositions by Richard Wagner, Alexey Shor, Gioachino Rossini, Edgar Hovhannisyan, Grigor Yeghiazaryan, Karen Ananyan, Aram Khachaturian, Melik Mavisakalyan were presented. The world premiere of the “Travel Notebook” Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by the composer-in-residence of the Festival and Competition Alexey Shor took place during the concert. Nareh Arghamanyan and the orchestra together presented the composition. The pianist noted that she had already performed compositions by Shor in different countries. “Shor is a wonderful contemporary composer. Although he is a contemporary composer, his composing style is similar to Rachmaninoff, Chopin, It was a great pleasure to present the world premiere of the composition by Alexey Shor. I hope that I will have a chance to present more compositions by Shor in Armenia”,-Nareh […]

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The 1st round of the “Armenia” International Competition has finished. 20 pianists will compete in the 2nd round

08.07.2017

The names of the pianists who passed to the 2nd round of the “Armenia” International Competition are published. From July 10 20 pianists representing France, Poland, China, South Korea, Russia, Kirgizstan, Georgia, Armenia will perform in the 2nd round and will compete for the prizes. The jury chairman, pianist, Professor Armen Babakhanyan noted that the 4-day hearings of the competition were very interesting. “We have many high level contestants, who present different schools. We have performers from Armenian, German, Austrian, American music schools, from very respected universities. The program is free. The contestants present mini concerts, and we have a chance to see how the musician builds a music program”. A concert entitled “Yerevan Sounds” took place yesterday within the framework of the “Armenia” Festival and Competition at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, performed with the best performers of the “Yerevan Sounds” 10th competition-festival of Yerevan music and art schools. At the beginning of the concert an orchestra and choir of 25 Yerevan music and art school (225 young performers) performed for the public. Then the best young soloist performed with the SYOA. The organizers of the 1st “Armenia” International Festival and Competition are the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and European Foundation for Support of Culture. It is held with the support of RA Ministry of Culture. The event is held under the high patronage of the first lady of the RA Rita Sargsyan.

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“The level of the “Armenia” International Competition is high”

07.07.2017

Piano competition is held within the framework of the “Armenia” International Festival and Competition and 48 pianists from 14 countries participate in it. Ketevan Chkhartishvili (Georgia) is one of the contestants. She graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory. The pianist is laureate of many international competitions. She said that she was nervous before the performance; she will try to be focused and do her best while performing in front of the jury. The young pianist wished good luck to the all of the contestants! The member of the jury, pianist, composer, professor from Germany Ratko Delorko noted that it had been early to have a full expression after  two-day hearings, but he could already mention that the level has been very high. Various concerts are held within the framework of the “Armenia” International Festival and Competition. On July 6 Komitas Chamber Music House hosted a concert of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia and violinist Fedor Rudin (Russia/France). Compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Alexey Shor were presented. On July 7 a concert entitled “Yerevan Sounds” will take place within the framework of the festival at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. The organizers of the 1st “Armenia” International Festival and Competition are the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and European Foundation for Support of Culture. It is held with the support of RA Ministry of Culture. The Artistic Director of the competition and festival is Sergey Smbatyan. The event is held under the high patronage of the first lady of the RA Rita Sargsyan.

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Narek Hakhnazaryan: “I am very glad that Armenia hosts such a high level Competition and Festival”

06.07.2017

On July 5 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed with cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan within the framework of the “Armenia” International Festival and Competition. Pieces by Maltese composer Alexey Shor (he is the composer-in-residence of the festival, during the concerts his compositions will be performed), Camile Saint-Saens, Sergei Prokofiev were presented. The orchestra performed headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Referring to the piano competition within the “Armenia” International Festival and Competition, Sergey Smbatyan mentioned that he had already talked to the jury members and they had already listened to very talented musicians. “We will be able to express the opinion about the competition in the end of it. But the fact that 48 pianists from 14 countries are participating in competition states –it’s an accomplished international competition. Talents from all over the world came to Armenia with belief and trust in our objectiveness and professionalism. “Armenia” International Festival and Competition proves that the classical music is important for our country”,-maestro Smbatyan added. Cellist Narek Haknazaryan mentioned he is very happy that Armenia hosts such high level Competition and Festival, especially in summer, which is rare in the history of the festivals. “Most of the festivals are held in autumn or spring. The Armenian audience has a chance to enjoy high level music. Maxim Vengerov and many other respected and famous musicians will arrive in Armenia. This is a great achievement!”,- Narek Hakhnazaryan said, adding that he is always happy to perform with his beloved State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and his friend Sergey Smbatyan. These […]

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Eduard Topchjan: “It’s an honor that we are performing at the opening concert of the “Armenia” Festival and Competition”

05.07.2017

The 1st “Armenia” International Festival and Competition launched on July 4 at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, headed by Eduard Topchjan, presented compositions by Alexey Shor, Niccolo Paganini, Anton Bruckner. Famous violinist Roman Kim performed as soloist. The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra Eduard Topchjan talked about the “Armenia” festival and competition “This is a wonderful event. Many brilliant artists will perform within the framework of it. I am very happy that the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra participates in this event. It’s great we’re honored to perform at the opening concert. I am very happy for our cooperation and that Sergey Smbatyan and me are next to each other. This is the most important thing for me. Together we’ll achieve new goals. We are thinking about this all the time. It’s easier together to make a success”,-Eduard Topchjan said. He expected to reveal new talents within the framework of the “Armenia” competition. Violinist Roman Kim was in Armenia for the first time. The musician said that he had never performed a composition by Armenian composer, but he hope to perform Khachaturian’s Violin concerto. “Today I performed Paganini concerto. Paganini is very important for me. He is my idol: I adore him since my childhood. His music is virtuoso”,-he said. The organizers of the 1st “Armenia” International Festival and Competition are the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and European Foundation for Support of Culture. It is held with the support of RA Ministry of Culture. The […]

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