Contemporary Classics Composers' Festival

Armenia · 2019

Ministry of education, science, culture and sport of the RA






Contemporary Classics Composers' Festival


The European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC), in partnership with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO), and the Armenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports are proud to launch the “Contemporary Classics” Composers’ Festival, which shall be taking place in the Armenian capital of Yerevan from the 1st to the 9th of November.

Audiences shall have the opportunity to hear the works of a multitude of celebrated contemporary composers in concert, including Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland, 1933), Giya Kancheli (Georgia, 1935-2019), Tigran Mansurian (Armenia, 1939), Karl Jenkins (United Kingdom, 1944), Alexander Tchaikovsky (Russia, 1946), Georgs Pelēcis (Latvia, 1947), Qigang Chen (China, 1951) and Alexey Shor (Malta/United States, 1970).

These composers, whose work has already left an indelible mark on the music world, shall be brought together for this celebration of their music, with a number of their most celebrated compositions set to be interpreted by the ASSO under the baton of their founder and Artistic Director Sergey Smbatyan, as well as the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Principal Conductor Eduard Topchjan. Each evening shall be dedicated to one of the composers, and the performances shall be made even more special since the eminent composers themselves shall be honouring musicians and audience members alike with their own presence for this festival.

Welcome to Contemporary Classics Composers' Festival!

Artistic Director
of Contemporary Classics Composers' Festival

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

I heartily welcome the launch of the “Contemporary Classics” Composers’ Festival that aims to honour the contemporary classical music composers and allow the audience to enjoy their works for a whole week by the performance of world-renowned soloists.

I am deeply convinced that this unique festival is not only an unforgettable event for classical music lovers, but also a great opportunity to enjoy the works of contemporary classical music legends such as Tigran Mansurian, Qigang Chen, Giya Kancheli, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alexey Shor, Georgs Pelecis, Karl Jenkins and Alexander Tchaikovsky. I am sure that during these days Yerevan will become the cultural centre of the world.

I regret to say that we will not have the opportunity to meet Georgia's most distinguished composer Giya Kancheli, but his music will be performed in his honour, ensuring that the memory of the great composer keep alive.

I would like to convey my warm greetings to the organizers and the audience on this beautiful event. I wish all of us remarkable days and vivid impressions.

Konstantin Ishkhanov
of European Foundation
for Support of Culture

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you all to the “Contemporary Classics” Composers’ Festival that shall soon be launched in Armenia. Events of this magnitude, with the participation of such eminent musicians and composers, are a rare thing indeed, and I am very proud that the European Foundation for Support of Culture, along with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, has managed to turn such an ambitious dream into reality.

Now, audiences from all over the world have the unique opportunity to attend a gathering of some of the most celebrated composers of our time, all in the same place and at the same festival! The beautiful city of Yerevan shall become a veritable hotspot of music and culture, allowing musicians and audience members alike the chance to truly immerse themselves in music. I am certain that it will be a festival to remember for all, and stand out as a shining beacon for contemporary music around the world.

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