The International Francophonie Day was celebrated by presenting works of composers from Francophone countries

22.03.2018

The ensemble of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra “Otri” trio performed a symbolic concert within the framework of Francophonie International Day on March 20. Works of composers from francophone countries Emile Waldteufel, Jean Sibelius and Camile Saint-Saens were presented. The “Otri” trio has a two-year concert history. It is unique with the instrumental staff- violin, viola, flute. The trio is represented by Arevik Kosyan (viola), Anzhela Hovhannisyan (violin) and Ruzanna Tovmasyan (flute). The musicians performed both in trio and duet. The harp-player of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Arpine Babayan performed with the trio’s musicians during the concert. The concert at the Aram Khachaturian house-museum was opened with the performance of “Aysheh’s Dance” from Aram Khachaturian’s “Gayane” ballet. The premiere of Vachagan Hovhannisyan’s “Le Stelle” trio for flute, violin and viola written specially for “Otri” trio was also presented at the evening. The ensemble’s musicians mentioned they have many upcoming projects in the nearest future. They will perform at the Dilijan UWC International School on April 7 within the framework of the “Women’s Music Month” project, organized by Music of Armenia, and will close the event with their performance. Another concert will take place in Goris in May. There are many other initiatives as well, which the trio musicians now are working on.

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The Armenian Composers’ Art Festival reveals the Armenian musical heritage to the 21st century

19.03.2018

” The Armenian Composers’ Art  Festival is of much importance for all of us. It carries narrow professional orientation, has big goals and mission,” mentioned the festival’s organizer, director and principal conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey Smbatyan during press conference at Sputnik Armenia Press Center on March 14.As per Maestro Smbatyan, from the very first day the festival aims to discover our values not only ​​for our society but for the world and present Armenian musical heritage to the 21st century.Grigor Yeghiazaryan is one of the best representatives of the Armenian Composers’ School, and he revived thanks to this festival, The Armenian Composers’ Art Festival includes not only concert programs, but also has its great role in the preservation of cultural values: records, digitalization of music works, etc., ” said Maestro Smbatyan.Composer Vardan Achemyan highly appreciates the Armenian Composers Festival. “We have wonderful composers who are a little bit forgotten now. The 20th century gave Armenia famous composers such as Komitas, Alexander Spendiaryan, Aram Khachaturyan, Grigor Yeghiazaryan, Haro Stepanyan, Arno Babajanyan, Saryan, Mirzoyan … We must preserve the values ​​they have created and now this is done by Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, with their organizer in the head, and we are very grateful for this. We haven’t listen for Grigor Yeghiazaryan for decades. He has written numerous symphonic works which have been performed in different countries and brought glory and honor to Armenia, “said Mr. Atchemyan.As per Sargis Balbabyan, responsible for artistic part of the Armenian Composers Festival, five chamber concerts took […]

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Identify, evaluate, distribute: the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival was summed up

10.03.2018

The 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival – Grigor Yeghiazaryan-Fest has just finished. Compositions by Grigor Yeghiazaryan, Barsegh Kanachyan, Eduard Abrahamyan, Alexander Arutiunian, Vache Sharafyan, Anton Mayilyan, Eduard Hayrapetyan, Arno Babajanyan were presented during the evening. Armen Sahakyan (piano), Khachik Andreasyan (piano), Roman Namalyan (piano), Artur Grigoryan (piano), Andranik Aghajanyan (cello), Armen Aghajanyan (piano), Martin Shahbazyan (piano), Polina Sharafyan (violin), Gagik Hakobyan (duduk), Armen Puchinyan (piano) performed during the concert. This year the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival was dedicated to 110th anniversary of renowned Armenian composer Grigor Yeghiazaryan. The organizer of the festival is the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan and under the sponsorship of RA Ministry of Culture. Grigor Yeghiazaryan is one of the founders of the contemporary Armenian composing school. Alexander Ajemyan, Emin Aristakesyan, Grigor Hakhinyan, Edgar Hovhannisyan, Geghuni Chitchian, Martun Israyelyan and many other composers are among his students. During the 5 concerts held within the framework of the festival, a number of chamber works by Yeghiazaryan, his students and Armenian composers were re-evaluated. During the five concerts, the Armenian audience had the opportunity to enjoy more than thirty compositions by 25 Armenian composers. Each of the concerts was a unique opportunity to enjoy the works of Armenian composers in the chamber format. It is noteworthy that some of the compositions were even forgotten. By the initiative and direct attention of the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey Smbatyan, the notes kept in different archives and creators’ […]

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Saryan String Quartet performed within Grigor Yeghiazaryan-Fest

09.03.2018

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Saryan String Quartet performed with a chamber concert within the framework of the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival. During the concert held at Komitas Museum-Institute the collective of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (Erik Manukyan (1st violin), Ani Adikyan (2nd violin),Yelena Hayrapetyan (viola), Davit Pichikyan (cello) presented compositions by Vardan Ajemian, Martin Vardazaryan, Stepan Lusikyan, Martin Ulikhanyan. The debut of the Saryan String Quartet was held in 2016 and has acclaimed the warm greetings of the audience. Due to a high level of musicians performing mastery and the wide multi-genre repertoire of chamber pieces the quartet has managed to gain popularity within a rather short period of time. The ensemble is successfully performing with different concerts. It has already participated in a number of festivals and musical events. This year the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is dedicated to 110th anniversary of renowned Armenian composer Grigor Yeghiazaryan. The organizer of the festival is the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. The initiative is of high interests of the RA Ministry of Culture and is held under the sponsorship of the ministry. Since its foundation the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan.

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Grigor Yeghiazaryan-Fest: chamber music by Armenian composers

08.03.2018

The main goal of the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is to expand the musical art of Armenian classical and contemporary composers, strongly uphold the traditions of Armenian composing school by presenting its every achievement worldwide.  The next concert of the 9th festival – Grigor Yeghiazaryan-Fest was dedicated to the chamber music by Armenian composers. During the concert held at Komitas Institute-Museum, compositions by Richard Yardumian, Alan Hovhannes, Harutiun Dellalian, Noubar Aslanyan, Konstantin Petrossian were presented. This year the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is dedicated to 110th anniversary of renowned Armenian composer Grigor Yeghiazaryan. The organizer of the festival is the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. The initiative is of high interests of the RA Ministry of Culture and is held under the sponsorship of the ministry. Since its foundation the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. The ideology of the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is more than just organizing concert series. The compositions by Armenian composers, which are usually kept in composer archives, are being popularized, presented to the connoisseurs and professionals. It is noteworthy that in addition to presenting them to the audience, the notes of the compositions are being digitized, as well as recorded.

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Grigor Yeghiazaryan-Fest: popularizing the art of the Armenian composers

07.03.2018

This year the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is dedicated to 110th anniversary of renowned Armenian composer Grigor Yeghiazaryan. The organizer of the festival is the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. The initiative is of high interests of the RA Ministry of Culture and is held under the sponsorship of the ministry. Since its foundation the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. Grigor Yeghiazaryan is one of the founders of the contemporary Armenian composing school. Alexander Ajemyan, Emin Aristakesyan, Grigor Hakhinyan, Edgar Hovhannisyan, Geghuni Chitchian, Martun Israyelyan and many other composers are among his students. Grigor Yeghiazaryan composed music mainly in symphonic and ballet genres, wrote symphonic poems, symphonies, ballets, romances, music for theater and cinema. The next concert of the festival was held at Aram Khachaturian House-Museum.  Compositions by Grigor Yeghiazaryan’s students were presented. The audience had a chance to enjoy compositions by Vagharshak Kotoyan, Valeri Sargsyan, Gagik Hovunts, Geghuni Chitchian, Eduard Bagdasaryan, Alexander Ajemyan. The ideology of the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is more than just organizing concert series. The compositions by Armenian composers, which are usually kept in composer archives, are being popularized, presented to the connoisseurs and professionals. It is noteworthy that in addition to presenting them to the audience, the notes of the compositions are being digitized, as well as recorded. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia has discovered chamber compositions by Grigor Yeghiazaryan from the archives of the Conservatory and individuals. The collective is trying to find the composer’s […]

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Grigor Yeghiazaryan-Fest: the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival has been launched

07.03.2018

On March 5 the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival has been launched in Yerevan. Every year this annual festival is dedicated to one of the Armenian renowned composers. This year the festival is dedicated to 110th anniversary of the composer, teacher, People’s Artist of the USSR Grigor Yeghiazaryan. Grigor Yeghiazaryan  is one of the founders of the contemporary Armenian composing school. He composed music mainly in symphonic and ballet genres, wrote symphonic poems, symphonies, ballets, romances, music for theater and cinema. Since its foundation the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. The organizer of the festival is the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. The initiative is of high interests of the RA Ministry of Culture and is held under the sponsorship of the ministry. During the opening concert compositions by Grigor Yeghiazaryan, Vahagn Vardanyan, Arno Babajanyan, Simon Hovhannisyan, Gagik Hovunts were presented. It should be noted that within the framework of the festival lots of work has been done over the past years. The symphony and chamber works of more than 50 Armenian composers were digitized, over 200 compositions were recorded, premieres of more than 150 compositions by Armenian composers were presented. This is a tremendous activity that aims to preserve and develop our cultural heritage. In Armenia, perhaps, no other musical institution carries out such a large-scale professional activity. Within the framework of the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival, compositions by Grigor Yeghiazaryan were also digitized. The organizers of the festival are trying to find the […]

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The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performed during the “Haykyan 2017”

01.03.2018

On February 28 A. Spendiaryan National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet hosted  “Haykyan 2017” award ceremony. President of RA Serzh Sargsyan attended the ceremony. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra always performs during this annual event organized by the Youth Federation of Armenia. Famous Armenian singers Gor Sujyan, Hayko, Sona Rubenyan, Erik and others performed with the orchestra. Kamo Seyranyan, the singers of the State Song Theatre of Armenia, “Berd” dance ensemble also performed during the evening. Young people, youth groups and organizations that had excelled and come up with innovative undertakings in 2017 were awarded in different nominations. The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey Smbatyan awarded a prize to the student council of the Russian-Armenian University in “Best Inter-University Program” nomination for “Inter-University sport, cultural and intellectual universiade” program.

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The 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of Grigor Yeghiazaryan

23.02.2018

From March 5 to 9 Yerevan will host the 9th Armenian Composers’ Art Festival. Every year this annual festival is dedicated to one of the Armenian renowned composers. This year the festival is dedicated to 110th anniversary of the composer, teacher, People’s Artist of the USSR Grigor Yeghiazaryan. Grigor Yeghiazaryan is one of the founders of the contemporary Armenian composing school. Alexander Ajemyan, Emin Aristakesyan, Grigor Hakhinyan, Edgar Hovhannisyan, Geghuni Chitchian, Martun Israyelyan and many other composers are among his students. Grigor Yeghiazaryan composed music mainly in symphonic and ballet genres, wrote symphonic poems, symphonies, ballets, romances, music for theater and cinema. Since its foundation the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. The organizer of the festival is the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. The initiative is of high interests of the RA Ministry of Culture and is held under the sponsorship of the ministry. The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey Smbatyan emphasized the importance of the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival. “Some people always say that the compositions by contemporary composers are not performed, but the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival states just the opposite. The festival has very important mission and purpose. We must preserve our national culture, and the society must also see our heroes, those who create our contemporary music”,-Sergey Smbatyan noted. It should be noted that within the framework of the festival lots of work has been done over the past years. The symphony and chamber […]

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Krzysztof Penderecki: “This was one of the best festivals of my music of the last 20-30 years”

19.02.2018

The festival dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki was summed up with a highest note: glorious music, great performances of the Armenian musicians, an orchestra on stage, an orchestra at the lodge. On February 17 the Symphony No.7 “Seven Gates of Jerusalem” by Penderecki was presented in Armenia for the first time. The symphony was created on the occasion of the 3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem, at the request of the mayor of Jerusalem. It is written for 5 vocalists, a narrator, choirs and a symphony orchestra. The seven-part composition is based on the texts of the Old Testament. With the symphony’s ideological content, the composer wanted to emphasize that the gates of Jerusalem are open to everyone overnight, and his dream is that there will be peace in this sacred land. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Section of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Choir of A. Spendiarian Opera and Ballet National Academic Theater, the Armenian State Chamber Choir, Yerevan State Chamber Choir, “Hover” State Chamber Choir presented the Symphony No.7 “Seven Gates of Jerusalem” by Penderecki. Soloists: Iwona Hossa (soprano), Karolina Sikora (soprano), Małgorzata Pańko-Edery (mezzo-soprano), Aleksander Kunach (tenor), Piotr Nowacki (bass), Slawomir Holland (narrator). Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan, Maciej Tworek (assistant conductor of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki), Chief Choirmaster: Radik Melikyan. The Symphony has been performed headed by the world’s best conductors.  Sergey Smbatyan noted that it was a great responsibility for him to perform on this concert especially in front of maestro Penderecki. “We are proud that we can present this […]

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