“Penderecki’s visit to Armenia is a great cultural event”: Ambassador of RA to Poland

17.02.2018

Crowded halls and thunder of applause: Yerevan is hosting a festival dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki. The connoisseurs of the music have a chance to enjoy compositions by the most demanded composer of the contemporary classical music- Krzysztof Penderecki. Penderecki is one of the most respected music figures today. His compositions are performed all over the world, accompanied by the most famous musicians and orchestras, covering thousands of audiences. On February 16 Komitas Museum-Institute Concert Hall hosted a concert of chamber music by Krzysztof Penderecki. Marta Kowalczyk (violin) and Somi Kim (piano) presented Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano,   Meccore String Quartet (Wojciech Koprowski (1st violin), Jaroslaw Nadrzycki (2nd violin), Michal Bryla (viola), Karol Marianowski (cello) performed String Quartet No.3 “Leaves of an Unwritten Diary”. Maciej Frąckiewicz (accordion) performed Sinfonietta by Penderecki. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic of Armenia to Republic of Poland Edgar Ghazaryan also attended the concert. The Ambassador noted that Penderecki is a figure whose visit to any country is a feast for the cultural community of that country. “For us, this visit is of special importance as the Maestro has Armenian roots and, as he is acknowledging his Armenian roots, he has also become a beautiful symbol of Armenian-Polish friendship. Penderecki’s visit to Armenia is a great cultural event”,- Edgar Ghazaryan noted. Marta Kowalczyk (violin) and Somi Kim (piano) presented Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano for the first time in 2015, in London. Somi Kim considers Penderecki’s music an amazing phenomenon in which you gradually reveal more […]

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The depth of the choral compositions by Penderecki touched the audience

16.02.2018

It’s impossible to imagine the contemporary classical music without the art of the Polish composer, conductor and violinist Krzysztof Penderecki. Courageous innovations, interesting perception, creativity and fundamentalism: Penderecki’s art can be described by these epithets. From February 13 to 17 the Armenian audience has a chance to enjoy the diverse music by one of the greatest composers of our times. Penderecki is a composer with interesting and unique perception. The four concerts are held within the framework of the festival dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Penderecki, 4th festival “Penderecki days in Armenia”. The concerts provide the Armenian audience with high level music. On February 15 Hover State Chamber Choir headed by choirmaster Sona Hovhannisyan presented choral compositions by Penderecki at Komitas Chamber Music House. Hover performed De profundis, Veni Creator from “Stabat Mater”, Prosimy Cie from “Kadish”, Song of Cherubim, Agnus Dei from “A Polish Requiem” and other compositions. The sound of “Hover” and the depth of the choral compositions by Penderecki touched the audience, including Krzysztof Penderecki, his wife Elzbieta Penderecka, as well as the representatives of the diplomatic corps. The president of the Armenian Music Society Davit Ghazaryan noted that the representative of the world composing school has Armenian blood in his veins. “Penderecki’s choral compositions are unique. Human voice is a totally different world for Penderecki, especially when he writes a capella compositions. Penderecki’s perception is quite different. I had the opportunity to see him as a conductor and I can say that Penderecki lives in a completely different world. We congratulate […]

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Eduard Topchjan: “Penderecki’s symphonic perception and the sound of his compositions are very special”

14.02.2018

On February 13 a festival dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki’s 85th anniversary was launched at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Eduard Topchjan, presented Violin Concerto No.2 “Metamorphosen” for Violin and Orchestra (soloist: Marta Kowalczyk) and Symphony No.5 by Penderecki. Conductor Eduard Topchjan noted that Penderecki was writing experimental, super new music in the 1960s, but later he returned to writing academic music. “This music is so valuable! I do not know anyone similar to Penderecki. Today, it’s hard to write music, and I do not even believe that someone as talented as Mozart will be born and will write good music, as everything seems to have been done with all the notes. But here we see Penderecki, the world’s greatest composer. By not taking a cross on real music, he creates a wonderful art. I do not know anyone else like him. His symphonic perception and the sound of his compositions are very special”,- Eduard Topchjan noted. Polish violinist, laureate of international competitions Marta Kowalczyk performed for the first time in Armenia. The violinist noted that the concert in Yerevan will always remain in her memory thanks to the wonderful orchestra and a warm audience. She hoped that the cooperation with the Philharmonic Orchestra will continue. Marta Kowalczyk noted that Penderecki’s compositions are complicated but at the same time very beautiful, and it’s a great honor for her to perform his compositions. The festival, dedicated to Penderecki’s 85th anniversary, is held under the patronage of […]

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Krzysztof Penderecki: “In Armenia I hear amazing music performed at a high level”

13.02.2018

Tonight the festival dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, who is considered as one of the greatest musicians of our time, will launch at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. During a press conference dedicated to the festival RA Minister of Culture Armen Amiryan noted that it’s an honor and joy for each of us to be next to one of the best musicians of our time and to host him, and especially to celebrate his 85th anniversary. “During the jubilee year, the 85th anniversary of Maestro will be celebrated in different countries and it is a great honor for us that the series of jubilee events starts from the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. Krzysztof Penderecki is a world famous star, a man who was able to change the world with his music, a man who has enlightened our life and future with his art”,-  Armen Amiryan noted. RA Minister of Culture has also quoted a part from Krzysztof Penderecki’s interview where the maestro stressed the fact that two composers – Bach and Komitas had a serious impact on his creative activities. Penderecki also added that it was an amazing and unique phenomenon when the composer is also considered to a hero. And here Komitas is considered a hero. Krzysztof Penderecki noted that that it is important for him that such a festival is held Armenia. “I always come to Armenia with my wife with great pleasure. Every time visiting Armenia I hear amazing music performed at a high level, and most […]

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The only composer among the generals and the only general among the composers: the 90th anniversary of Alexey Hekimyan was marked by a concert

05.02.2018

On February 2 A. Spendiaryan National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet hosted a concert of Alexey Hekimyan’s favourite and anticipated songs. They were presented for the first time accompanied by the symphony orchestra and with new instrumentation. The concert was organized by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and was dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Alexey Hekimyan. The concert was held under the high patronage of the First Lady of the Republic of Armenia Rita Sargsyan, who attended the event. Alexey Hekimyan’s sons Mikayel and Rafayel arrived in Yerevan to attend the concert. The special guests of the concert were Vakhtang Kikabidze and Nani Bregvadze. Kikabidze remembered the day he first met Hekimyan. The Deputy Chairman of the State Security Committee of Georgia called him and told that the Police General Alexey Hekimyan, who had written songs for him, arrived from Moscow, and he should come and record them. “I immediately refused. But I was forced to go. Then I saw Hekimyan standing in front of me with uniform and big stars on the straps. He told me that he had written 14 songs for me and he wanted me to perform them. I’ve never heard them. I suggested bringing two bottles of brandy. And we recorded those 14 songs in 3 hours. Since that we became friends. I was often guest at their home, he had a wonderful wife, she prepared very delicious dolma. Unfortunately, life is such a thing that people are leaving us”,- Kikabidze noted. He added that the music poured […]

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The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra will perform with soprano Shoghig Torossian

29.01.2018

On February 7 the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra will perform with Lebanese-Armenian soprano Shoghig Torossian. Shoghig Torossian has her unique role in the Lebanese cultural life. She performed at different stages of the world, cooperating with famous musicians and collectives. Typically she presents Komitas during her concerts, sacred music, songs and romances by Armenian composers, as well as arias from Armenian and Western-European operas. She is the lead soloist of the “Snorhali” choir of the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and the “Gousan” choir of the Hamazkayin. She has also performed in Armenia, recorded two CDs. Shoghig Torossian is also teaching in Beirut, at Barsegh Kanachyan Musical Academy of the Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association as well as Armenian Evangelical Central High School. On February 7 the audience will enjoy famous compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Giacomo Puccini, as well as by Armenian composers, Komitas, Barsegh Kanachyan, Tigran Tchoukhajian, Alexander Arutyunyan, Arno Babajanyan, Stepan Shakaryan, Edgar Gyanjumyan, Gevorg Manasyan, Gabriel Eranyan, Artemi Ayvazyan.

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The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performed at the solemn ceremony dedicated to the Army Day

28.01.2018

On January 28 the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, performed at the solemn ceremony dedicated to the Army Day at A. Spendiaryan National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The President of the RA Serzh Sargsyan and the first lady Rita Sargsyan attended the concert. The evening dedicated to the 26th anniversary of the establishment of the Armed Forces of the RA accompanied by the State Symphony Orchestra, was entitled “The Century of Victory”.

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Alexey Hekimyan’s favourite songs will be presented for the first time accompanied by the symphony orchestra: special guests of the concert are Vakhtang Kikabidze and Nani Bregvadze

27.01.2018

On February 2, at 19:00 the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, will present Alexey Hekimyan’s favourite and anticipated songs at the A. Spendiaryan National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The concert is held under high patronage of the First Lady of the Republic of Armenia Rita Sargsyan, with the support of RA Ministry of Culture. During the exceptional evening favourite singers will present Alexey Hekimyan’s songs with new interpretation. The special guests of the concert are Vakhtang Kikabidze and Nani Bregvadze. Vakhtang Kikabidze, Nani Bregvadze, Shushan Petrosyan, Arsen Safaryan, Artur Ispiryan, Arsen Grigoryan, Arman Hovhannisyan, Vardan Badalyan, Hamlet Gevorgyan, Edgar Khachatryan, Masha Mnjoyan, Saro, Arpi Shahnubaryan, Razmik Amyan, Mher and Roza Filberg, the Voices of Artsakh, the soloists of the State Song Theatre of Armenia will perform with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. Alexey Hekimyan’s favourite songs will be presented for the first time accompanied by the symphony orchestra and with new instrumentation. The concert is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Alexey Hekimyan.

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Aroutiunian Woodwind-Piano Quartet presented French music at Khachaturian House-Museum

19.01.2018

On January 18 the ensemble of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Aroutiunian Woodwind-Piano Quartet became the guest of the “Musical Thursday at Khachaturian’s House” project held at Aram Khachaturian House-Museum.  The quartet is comprised by Lilit Zakaryan (piano), Gevorg Avetisyan (flute), Davit Gyulamiryan (clarinet) and Nikolay Poghosyan (bassoon). Pianist, Honored Artist of RA Anahit Nersisyan and oboe player Tigran Vardanyan joined the quartet. The musicians performed as duo and trio. During the evening compositions by French composer Francis Poulenc were presented; such as sonata for clarinet and bassoon, sonata for flute and piano, sonata for piano 4 hands, sonata for clarinet and piano, trio for oboe, bassoon and piano. The “Musical Thursday at Khachaturian’s House” project has been established 5 years ago, it was launched at the time when the 110th anniversary of the great Armenian composer Aram Khachatryan was celebrated. The director of the Khachaturian House-Museum Armine Grigoryan noted that the aim of the project is to combine concert programs with a museum visit. During the breaks the audience has a chance to explore the exhibition halls. Armine Grigoryan noted that they are trying to present high quality, thematic programs to the public. Davit Gyulamiryan (clarinet) noted that they are always trying to present high quality music, the best compositions by famous composers and this program wasn’t the exception. Davit noted that he and Lilit Zakaryan have already presented the Sonata for clarinet and piano for many times and it was a great success! As Poulenc composed compositions for bassoon and flute, the musicians […]

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The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra will have a concert at the Elbphilharmonie: the tickets are sold out

10.01.2018

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (previously: the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia) has entered the year 2018 with great enthusiasm after being renamed. The orchestra continues its activities. With this new status the collective will be presenting new programs, will have tours and interesting initiatives, and all these projects will be dedicated to the preservation and development of the Armenian musical traditions. The first tour of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO), headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, will take place on March 28 in Germany, at the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie, the most prestigious cultural project of the century. The Elbphilharmonie is located in one of Europe’s largest cities, Hamburg, on the shore of Elba. Today it is one of Europe’s most popular tourist and cultural hubs. The Elbphilharmonie reminiscent of a floating vessel on the water is a unique structure with innovative architectural solutions.This multifunctional building with millions of visitors is distinguished by the concert halls built with best standards and with great acoustics. The world’s best orchestras, conductors and artists, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestras, Semyon Bychkov, Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Thomas Hengelbrock, Richard Galliano, John Malkovich, Vadim Repin, Gidon Kremer, Gautier Capuçon and more perform with concerts here. The Elbphilharmonie presents music of different genres and styles, from symphonic concerts and operas to jazz, modern improvisations, and electronic music. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra will present Armenian music at the Elbphilharmonie. During the first part of the […]

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