Marianna Antonyan: “Music gives me wings”
Young pianist Marianna Antonyan recently gave a concert with a group of gifted people at Naregatsi Art Institute and shared her impressions in an interview with Eritasard.am.
Eritasard.am: Marianna, when and how did you become obsessed with music? Marianna Antonyan: My family is very musical. My grandfather is a clarinet player and was a conductor in the army, my aunt is a violinist, my other aunt is a vocalist, and perhaps it wasn’t by chance that I would choose that path. When I returned from Saint Petersburg to the homeland, I accidentally started getting involved in music. I got accepted to a school and later an institute, after which I wanted to continue my studies and got accepted to the Piano Department of the Conservatory. Currently, I’m studying to obtain my PhD in accompaniment so that I can have more opportunities and perceive sound and instruments more correctly. Eritasard.am: What do you feel when you play? M. A.: When I play on stage or during rehearsals, it seems as though I’m in another world. I get away from it all and understand the other values in life. Music gives me wings. It makes you grow and become educated. Eritasard.am: What does the piano mean to you? M. A.: When vocalists come out to the stage, they already know the voice in which they will be singing. When violinists come out to the stage, they already have their instrument. However, things are different for pianists. A pianist plays on a different piano with peculiarities every time. That’s the uniqueness of the piano. I love the piano. Eritasard.am: If you hadn’t become a pianist, what would you have become? M. A.: I would definitely become a violinist. Eritasard.am: Who is your biggest critic? M. A.: I’m my biggest critic. There’s always something I don’t like. Even when I receive positive feedback and words of appraisal after my concerts, I always think there’s something I didn’t do. Eritasard.am: Is there propaganda for classical music today? M. A.: I wouldn’t like to say there is no propaganda, but it’s not enough. If people heard classical music on television and if children listened to some samples of classical music in schools and kindergartens, many people would know about classical music. I can’t say I’m against today’s music, but the young generation is the one that suffers the most. The youth don’t want to go deep into the music and don’t want anything extra. If things continue like this, Armenia will suffer great losses in music. The best propaganda will be to have talented youth give concerts and have as many people as possible listen to classical music and the right kind of music. However, when you try to do something new, you don’t get help. They say they might help, but in reality, they don’t offer much help. True, there are free halls, but you have to work quite hard to perform there. I would also like to mention the fact that education is expensive in Armenia. Many want to receive a musical education, but can’t because of financial difficulties. Eritasard.am: What do young musicians aspire for? M. A.: Music is declining in Armenia. Many young and gifted musicians prefer to leave for other countries since they think they can’t do anything in Armenia. Youth abroad feel safer, collaborate with the local musicians and give concerts, meaning the talented musicians become successful, do what they love doing and teach others. Foreigners highly appreciate our musicians, but Armenia doesn’t… Eritasard.am: When do you feel it’s time to give a concert? M. A.: When I have the demand. When I have thoughts and ideas, I always want to share them with the audience and see the results of your hard work. The audience’s feedback is very important. There comes a time when you don’t want to sit in class and rehearse. You want to perform on stage. Eritasard.am: You recently gave a concert. How was it? M. A.: I had been waiting for this concert for nearly two years. It was always postponed for this or that reason. I performed with very talented musicians. It was a great pleasure to work and perform with them. All the musicians were masters and recipients of international awards. I performed with violinist Aram Asatryan, bass Sergei Sargsyan, vocalists Maria Sardaryan and Narine Ananikyan and clarinet player David Gulamiryan. The concert was held at Naregatsi Art Institute. The audience was indescribably cordial. There was even a shortage of chairs, and the soloists gave their chairs. During the concert, we performed the works of Mozart, Shosson, Berlioz, Borodin, Bernstein and other famous composers. It was a wonderful concert. I thank everyone who helped make the concert a success. P.S.: Vocalist Maria Sardaryan also participated in our interview with Marianna. In November, Maria and Marianna will participated in the Gohar Gasparyan State Vocalists Competition and hope that this will be the start of their collaboration and that they’ll perform on many stages together. Lilit Sedrakyan