Yerevan Armenia
JULY 4–12 2017

Press Realese 5.07.2017

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

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 days Aram Khachaturian House-Museum hosts the rounds of the “Armenia” International Competition. 17-year-old Tamara Hovhannisyan is one of the contestants. She studies at Arno Babajanyan Yerevan State Musical-Pedagogical College (3rd year). She was awarded diploma at 4th Arno Babajanyan International Competition-Festival for Junior and Young Pianists. The pianist said that every contestant expected to win in “Armenia” competition, while she wanted to gain experience. “The competition is great; we are performing in front of very authoritative jury. I hope that I will be able to conquer my excitement and perform well”,-Tamara 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 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.

Watch July 5 concert here