22:03, May 31, 2012

>From 6-13 June in Yerevan will be held 8th Aram Khachaturian
International Competition. This year it will be open for "violin"
specialty. Organizers of the competition are RA Ministry of Culture,
Cultural Foundation "Aram Khachaturian-Competition" and Yerevan Komitas
State Conservatory. The competition is held under the patronage of
the Spouse of President of RA Mrs. Rita Sargsyan, who is honorary
president of the Board of Trustees.

Since 2010, the general partner of the competition is The
Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Cooperation of the CIS (IFESCCO), which opened wide opportunities for
implementation of such grand project at a higher level and expended
borders of the competition, extending it to the CIS countries.

Geography of participants is very wide; it incorporates representatives
from about 20 countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia,
Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, China, Korea, Colombia, Italy,
Spain, USA, Japan, UK, and France.

The Board of Trustees of the competition includes such world-famous
figures as Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Professor Reinhart
Fon Gutzeit, Valery Gergiev, Professor Alexander Sokolov, Professor
Alexander Tchaikovsky, the composer Robert Amirkhanian, Mikhail
Shvydkoy, Pavel Kogan, and Elizbieta Penderecka, Krzysztof Penderecki,
composer Eduard Mirzoyan, other significant artists.

The Organizing Committee of the Aram Khachaturian International
Competition determined the following prize fond on a specialty

First prize - 15,000 U.S. dollars and a laureate diploma

Second prize - 10,000 U.S. dollars and a laureate diploma

Third Prize - 5000 U.S. dollars and a laureate diploma

Non-prize-winning finalists will each receive a 2,000 U.S. dollars
grant and a Diploma.

The honorary jury members are:

â[email protected]˘Eduard Tadevosyan (Armenia) - Chairman of the Jury, professor and
Dean of the Orchestral Department at Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory
â[email protected]˘Boris Kushnir (Austria) - Professor at the University of Music and
Performing Arts in Graz and Vienna Conservatory â[email protected]˘Igor Petrushevsky
(United Kingdom) - Professor at the London Royal Academy of Music
â[email protected]˘Karen Harutyunyan (Belgium) - Professor at Royal Conservatory
of Liege and the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music â[email protected]˘Sergey
Kravchenko (Russia) - Professor and Head of the string department
at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory â[email protected]˘Tanja Dorn (Germany) -
Associate director Conductors and Instrumentalists Division Germany &
North/South America IMG Artists Within the framework of the competition
Yerevan will host such honorary guests as:

â[email protected]˘Alexander Sokolov (Russia) - Rector of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky
Conservatory â[email protected]˘Gagik Gabrielyan (Russia) - Executive Director of
the Aram Khachaturian Foundation in Moscow â[email protected]˘Elizbieta Penderecka
(Poland) - Chairman of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association, General
Director of the International Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival
â[email protected]˘Jean Disler (Belgium) - Maecenas â[email protected]˘Ino Mirkovic (Croatia)
- UNESCO "Artist of Peace", the rector of the music academy "Ino
Mirkovich" in Lovrane, Advisor to Harrison Parrott Artists Management
Marcus Marshall (UK) - artistic director of the music program I,

On June 7-8 at Komitas Chamber Music Hall will be held the first
round of the competition.

On June 10 at Aram Khachaturian House-museum will be held the second
round of the competition.

On June 12 at Aram Khachaturin Concert Hall will be held third and
final round of the competition.

On June 13 at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall will take place the
Award Ceremony and Gala Concert. During the evening will perform State
Youth Orchestra of Armenia headed by artistic director and principal
conductor Sergey Smbatyan and the winner of 2012 Aram Khachaturian
International Competition.

From: A. Papazian