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


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 importantly, I meet wonderful people here. I feel like I’m here at home. I’m sorry that I do not speak Armenian”.

Answering the question of a journalist about his compositions on Armenian themes, the composer mentioned that he had Armenian roots. His grandmother was from Isfahan. A few years ago he wrote a composition, the Third Psalm, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

“Every time I hear my compositions are performed in Armenia. You have wonderful conductors, who present my compositions and I am grateful to them for that”, Maestro Penderecki noted. The composer writes about 60 concertos annually and confessed that he had plenty of programs.

The press conference of the RA Minister Armen Amiryan and Krzysztof Penderecki was held at Yerevan Tchaykovsky Specialized Secondary Music School. Before the press conference Penderecki planted a fir in the yard of the music school and then toured around the school.

It should be noted that the festival dedicated to maestro Penderecki will be held from February 13 to 17. The festival is held under the patronage of the the First Lady of the RA Rita Sargsyan. The jubilee festival was organized by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival, with the support of the RA Ministry of Culture.

During the 4 concerts of the festival, held from February 13 to 17,  symphony and chamber compositions by the composer will be performed. Armenian premieres will be presented too.

It is noteworthy that the festival has brought together different Armenian collectives. Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan), Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Eduard Topchjan), Hover State Chamber Choir (Choirmaster: Sona Hovhannisyan), as well as famous foreign artists will perform within the festival.



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