Festival 2016



    “KOMITAS” international conference-festival
    concert program


    19:00 Festival opening
    /Aram Khachaturian concert hall/
    Hover State Chamber Choir
    art. dir. – Sona Hovhannisyan

    Komitas – Shorora (Swing)
    Komitas – Loru gutanerg (Ploughing song from Lori)
    Komitas – Yel, yel (Get up)
    Tigran Mansuryan – Rainbow
    Heitor Villa-Lobos – An extract from the Brazilian suite No. 4
    Vatche Sharafyan – Ne

    Anahit Papayan – soprano
    Hoyla, tnavir tun (Hoy-la, house destroyed) – folk song, written by Komitas

    Yerevan State Chamber Choir
    art. dir. – Harutyun Topikyan
    Komitas – On t’ind i khind (Song of Joy)
    Claude Debussy – Clair De Lune, arr. by Ward Swingle
    Edgar Hovhannisyan – Tsoren em tsanel (I sowed wheat)
    soloist – Makruhi Khachaturyan
    Yervand Yerkanyan – Ave Maria, dedicated to Pope Francis

    Hasmik Torosyan – soprano
    Mary Magdalene – medieval tagh, written by Komitas

    Armenian state chamber choir
    art. dir. – Robert Mlkeyan
    Komitas – Garun (Spring)
    Komitas – Hov areq (Make it cool)
    David Haladjian – Kekondas (You limp)
    Komitas – Surb Astvats (On the Holy Friday)

    Irina Zakyan – soprano
    Lullaby of Akn – folk song, written by Komitas

    Armenian National Academic Choir
    art. dir. – Hovannes Tchekidjyan
    Komitas – Threshing song
    Barsegh Kanachyan – Nanor


    19:00 Guest of the festival
    “NOH” Japanese theatre
    /Komitas Museum-Institute’s concert hall/


    19:00-20:00 Komitas “Patarag” /Liturgy/
    Armenian State Chamber Choir
    art. dir. – Robert Mlkeyan
    /Haghpat monastery/


    19:00 Vocal music evening
    Mathieu Lecroire /France/
    Accomp. – Anna Khachatryan
    / Komitas chamber music house /
    Alma MAHLER : Laue Sommernacht (poem by Otto Julius Bierbaum)
    Ich wandle unter Blumen (Heinrich Heine)
    Johannes BRAHMS : O wüsst’ ich doch den Weg zurück (Klaus Groth)
    Von ewiger Liebe (August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben)
    Gustav MAHLER : Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht (from « Des Knaben Wunderhorn »)
    Richard STRAUSS : Breit’ über mein Haupt (Adolf Friedrich von Schack)
    Cäcilie (Heinrich Hart)
    Hugo WOLF : Der Gärtner (Eduard Mörike)
    Der Knabe und das Immlein (Mörike)
    Abschied (Mörike)
    Emmanuel CHABRIER : L’île heureuse (Ephraïm Mikhaël)
    Cécile ChAMINADE : Extase (Paul Robiquet)
    Camille SAINT-SAËNS : La Cloche (Victor Hugo)
    Gabriel FAUR É : Tristesse (Théophile Gautier)
    En sourdine (Paul Verlaine – from « Mélodies de Venise »)
    Maurice RAVEL : from « Histoires naturelles » (Jules Renard)
    Le Grillon
    Le Cygne
    Henri DUPARC : L’invitation au voyage (Charles Baudelaire)
    Phidylé (Leconte de Lisle)
    Claude DEBUSSY : Beau soir (Paul Bourget)
    Colloque sentimental (Paul Verlaine)
    KOMITAS : Ach maral djan (Ah, my doe)


    19:00 Chamber music evening
    Takahiro Akiba /Japan/
    Soprano – Tatevik Movsisyan
    / Komitas Museum-Institute’s concert hall /
    Komitas – Seven Dances for piano
    Tigran Mansuryan – Yerkir Nayiri, vocal cycle for soprano and piano:
    Soprano – Tatevik Movsesyan
    Aram Khachaturian – Piano Toccata E flat minor, Op. 24
    Arno Babajanyan – Four Pieces for piano, Op. 1
    1. Prelude ,2. Vagharshapat dance, 3. Impromptu, 4. Capriccio
    Georgy Sarajyan – Paraphrase on Sheram’s Theme
    Aleksandr Harutyunyan – Three Musical Images for piano.
    1. The wind blows in the mountains , 2. The evening on the Ararat Valley, 3. Dance of Sasun people

    19:00 Armenian National Academic Choir
    art. dir. – Hovannes Tchekidjyan
    / Komitas Museum-Institute’s concert hall /
    Komitas – Govya Yerusaghem (Praise, Jerusalem)
    Makar Yekmalyan – Pelpuln Avarayri (Nightingale of Avarayr)
    Barsegh Kanachyan – Lullaby
    Aleksandr Harutyunyan – Elegy
    Gabriel Fouré – “Libera me”, from Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi – “Va Pensiero”, from Nabucco
    George Gershwin – “Oh, I can’t sit down…”, from Porgy and Bess
    Tigran Tchukhajian – “O, barekamner…”, from Karine
    Komitas – Ploughing song
    Komitas – Hovn anush (Coolness in the air)
    Komitas – Dzavaratsets





  • Anahit Papayan - soprano. Papayan graduated from the Vocal Department of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. As a child she was a member of the Choir “Little Singers of Armenia” (artistic director Tigran Hekekyan). In 1996-2001, she was a soloist of the “Saghmos” Choir of Holy Katoghikeh Church, Diocese of Kotayk of the Armenian Apostolic Church. In 1998-2000
    Sona Hovhannissyan - conductor. Hovhannisyan was born in Yerevan. She graduated from the Department of Conducting at the Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas, the class of Prof. R. Mangasaryan. In 1984-1989 Hovhannissyan was the conductor of two amateur choirs: “Hayren” and “Hallelujah”. Since 1995 Hovhannissyan has been a professor of conducting at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. In
    “Hover” State Chamber Choir - The “Hover” Chamber Choir is open to all manifestations of the chamber choral genre. The Choir has presented many choral performances, large-scale traditional and experimental vocal-symphonic, operatic and chamber projects. The Choir collaborates with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (ANPO), the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia (NCOA), the Armenian State Soloists Ensemble, as well as
    Harutyun Topikyan - conductor. The artistic work of Topikyan goes back to 1979 when he conducted the Chamber Choir of the State Radio and TV of Armenia. In 1982 Topikyan was awarded the “Leninyan Komeritmiutyan” State Award. During 1983-1991 Topikyan conducted the Komitas Choir of the Yerevan State University, having numerous successful performances internationally: the “Grand Prix” from
    Hasmik Torosyan - soprano. Torosyan was born in Yerevan. She graduated from the Romanos Melikyan Musical College (class of T. Hambartsumyan) in 2004. In 2010 she graduated from the Komitas State Conservatory (class of Prof. G. Geghamyan). In 2008 she won the First Prize and the gold medal in the Republic competition after G. Gasparyan. In 2009 she
    Tatevik Movsesyan - soprano. Tatevik Movsesyan was born in Yerevan. In 2005 she graduated from the Vocal-Theoretical Faculty of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, the class of Nonna Melkumova. While a student at the conservatory she participated in a number of concerts, competitions and festivals in Armenia and abroad. She sings a broad chamber and opera repertoire. Movsesyan
    Takahiro Akiba - pianist. Akiba was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1984. In 2003-07, Akiba studied piano at the Faculty of Music of the Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) and graduated from the university with honors and special prizes. In 2007, he continued his studies in the postgraduate course of TUA and received a Doctor’s Degree (2015).
    Matthieu Lécroar - baritone. A summa cum laude graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, Matthieu Lécroart has appeared in many opera and concert venues, both in France and abroad (London, Vienna, Berlin, Madrid, Delhi, Shanghai, Tokyo, Chicago, New York...), and in a wide repertoire that includes: lieder and art songs; as well as Messiah, Die Schöpfung,
    Anna Khachatryan - pianist. Professor of piano at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Anna Khachatryan has had a long career as an accompanist, performing in Armenia, France, Italy, Austria, USA, Greece, Spain, Russia and other countries. She accompanied singers at many national and international competitions and was awarded a number of diplomas for the Best Accompanist.
    Noh - Japanese theatre. Noh, also spelled No, is a traditional Japanese theatrical form and one of the oldest extant theatrical forms in the world. Noh theatre’s name, derived from nō, meaning “talent” or “skill”, is unlike Western narrative drama. Rather than being actors or “representers” in the Western sense, Noh performers are simply storytellers who use
    Masayuki Fujii - Noh Theater performer. Masayuki Fujii of the Noh theatre is a leading actor (Shite-kata) of the Hosho School, and a bearer of important intangible cultural heritage. He was born in 1954, and graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music. He studied under Fusao Hosho, the 18th Generation Head of Hosho School. He
    The State Choir of Armenia - formed in 1937. Professor Hovhannes Tchekidjian has been an Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Choir since September 1961. The Choir, under the mentorship of Prof. Tchekidjian, has reached the highest level of performance and has been awarded numerous titles and prizes. The concert repertoire of the Choir is very rich and diverse. The
    Irina Zakyan - soprano. Zakyan was born in Gyumri. She graduated from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory and did her postgraduate studies at the same conservatory under the tutelage of Prof. Nelli Pirumova. Irina Zakyan has regularly performed as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic, Yerevan Symphonic, and National Opera Theater Orchestras. She has toured extensively in the
    Robert Mlkeyan - conductor. Initially having the profession of a violinist, it was apparent that timbrel variety and saturation of the symphonic orchestra was very alluring for Mlkeyan as a musician. And the profession of a conductor was correspondingly chosen. The foundations of that profession were lain down in the indisputably prestigious school of Saint Petersburg; simultaneously learning
    Armenian State Chamber Choir - In October 2000, the Armenian Chamber Choir (ACC) was established under the sponsorship of the “Vatche and Tamar Manoukian” Benevolent Association. Robert Mlkeyan,“Movses Khorenatsi” medal recipient, Honored Art Worker of Armenia since 2008, was invited as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the choir. Under Mlkeyan's, the ACC was recognized one of the best
    Yerevan State Coir - Founded in 1996 by Harutyun Topikyan, under generous sponsorship of His Holiness Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin I, the Yerevan Chamber Choir became one of the well-known musical collectives performing outstanding choral music of classic and contemporary composers in Armenia and abroad. The continued support by His Holiness Catholicos Garegin II enabled the Choir to
    Hovhannes Tchekidjian - conductor. People’s Artist of the USSR, the State Prize laureate, Professor Ohannes Tchekidjian was born in 1928 in Istanbul. He graduated from the Mekhitaryan School in Istanbul and studied at Saint-Michel College and the Ecole Normale de Musique Conservatory (lectured by Prof. Jean Fournet, the principal conductor of the Paris Opera House) in Paris. Tchekidjian