YEREVAN STATE CHAMBER CHOIR
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Harutyun Topikyan
Yerevan Chamber Choir was founded in 1996 by Harutyun Topikyan, it is one of the well-known musical collectives and since 2009 was recognised as a State collective (YSCC).
Yerevan Chamber Choir performed in International Music Festival in Ravenna, Italy (1997), International Music Festival in Bergen, Norway (1999), the “Hallische Musiktage” Halle, Germany (2005), “Festival d’Ile de France” Etampes, France (2006), Moscow Easter Festival (2015).
At the festival “The Palaces of St. Petersburg” (2003), the Choir had the honor to perform the new hymn of the city. At the “50th Musica Sacra Virgo Lauretana” festival (2010, Loreto, Italy), the YSCC performed the heritage of Komitas, which was broadcasted live on TV in more than 50 countries. In 2016 within the frames of the “Armenian Contemporary Music Festival” the Choir performed numerous pieces by Armenian contemporary composers for the first time.
Within the framework of Armenian Culture Days in Germany, the Choir performed the “Liturgy” by Komitas for mixed choir and new pieces by T. Mansurian in Bonn, Halle, Wittenberg and Magdeburg then in Syria and Lebanon (1998). The famed Choir took part in the TV-marathon Yerevan – Moscow – Shushi – Bethlehem (2008). Dedicated to the 140th birth anniversary of Komitas, the Choir performed almost all choral masterpieces by the Great Master in the capital and regions of Armenia (2009).
World famous musicians – violist Kim Kashkashian and saxophonist Jan Garbarek, La Scala Theatre Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir led by Riccardo Muti, “Frankfurter Kantorei” led by Winfried Toll performed music together with the Choir.
Within the frames of the project “Luys I Luso” dedicated to the 100th commemoration of Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, in tandem with the outstanding jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan the YSCC recorded album of sacred religious music arranged by the pianist himself for piano and choir (2014, ECM Records). T. Hamasyan and the Choir had long-term tour across Europe and in the cities of Turkey and Georgia (2015).
For the first time ever only by this collective were performed the Blessings “Berlin Liturgy” by Komitas (2012), the 1st polyphonic liturgy by Kara Murza (2013) and the “Liturgy of Mchitariants” by A. Aytnyan and J. Byom (2014).
In collaboration with Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra and with three prominent Russian choirs the YSCC participated in opening ceremony of the first Armenian-Russian choral congress (2017). Along with numerous concerts, recordings and tours in 2017 the YSCC under the direction of maestro Topikyan, was working hard on recording the album of choral pieces by Willy Weiner. The premiere of the new program “Willy Weiner and Friends” was held in
The Choir has released 15 CDs. Among them, the CD “Music by KOMITAS Vardapet” was granted the Best Traditional Album award by the 3rd Annual Armenian Music Awards in Glendale (USA).