CONCERT DEDICATED TO COMPOSER STEPAN ROSTOMIAN'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO TAKE PLACE IN YEREVAN

Noyan Tapan
Nov 01 2006

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 1, NOYAN TAPAN. A concert dedicated to the 50th
anniversary of composer Stepan Rostomian, professor of Yerevan State
Conservatory after Komitas will be held on November 5 at the Aram
Khachatrian concert hall on the initiative of RA Ministry of Culture
and Youth Affairs and Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra. At the
Philharmonic Orchestra's invitation, the concert will be conducted
by English conductor David Davis. On the latter's initiative concerts
dedicated to the composer's jubilee have been organized in England this
year. D.Davis also conducted the jubilee concert organized by Moscow
Union of Composers. "I consider S.Rostomian one of the best Armenian
composers of 20th century. I love his fantastic music, in which the
spirit of Armenia is felt," D.Davis said this at the November 1 press
conference. In his words, he started to cooperate with the Armenian
composer in the 1980-s when they performed S.Rostomian's symphony N
3 with the Paragon orchestra founded by him in Great Britain. "After
this we often ask Rostomian to compose music and it can be said
that the majority of his works is first performed in England and
then in another countries," the conductor said. In S.Rostomian's
words, his works were first performed in England and it was not by
chance that the events dedicated to his 50th anniversary started in
the very country. Asked why his works are not performed in Armenia,
the composer said that it already does him a credit that he is well
known abroad. "There are names famous in the whole world, but not in
the homeland. We should not complain of this, as we are well-known
in the world and this already does credit to Armenia," S.Rostomian
declared. In 2003 S.Rostomian received the title of Academician of
International Academy on Natural and Public Sciences. In 2005 the
composer was awarded Albert Schweitzer order and was given Peter I
order at the jubilee evening organized by Moscow Union of Composers
this year.