07-05-2016
Viola and cello festival to kick off soon
The 7th annual Henrik and Geronti Talalyan Republican Festival of the Viola and Cello is set to kick off on May 18th.

The festival is dedicated to the birth anniversaries of renowned musicians this year, including the 95th birth anniversary of Arno Babajanyan, the 95th birth anniversary of Eduard Mirzoyan, the 90th birth anniversary of Geronti Talalyan, the 70th birth anniversary of Mikhail Kokzhaev, the 110th birth anniversary of Shostakovich, the 135th birth anniversary of Bartok and the 260th birth anniversary of Mozart, as well as the 65th death anniversary of Medtner, the 160th death anniversary of Schumann, the 275th death anniversary of Vivaldi and the 280th death anniversary of Pergolesi.

The festival is being held with the financial support of Ars Lunga NGO and the RA Ministry of Culture.

Established in 2008 as a festival of cello music (artistic director Aram Talalyan), in 2010, it grew and became a festival of viola and cello with the support of the Gallery of Arts Cultural Foundation. In 2013, Ars Lunga NGO took the responsibility of organizing the festival, engaging soloists, small groups and multi-member orchestras. 

The goal of the annual republican festival of the Talalyan Brothers is to provide young gifted performers with the opportunity to show themselves, propagandize modern Armenian music, expand the field of communication between musicians of Armenia, the Diaspora and foreign musicians, as well as promote the development of child and young performers through special educational programs. 

This year, staying true to the principles of the festival, the organizers envisage holding several concerts that will include premieres and performances of rare classical compositions for the viola and cello by young gifted Armenian performers

The organizers of the festival attach special importance to the performances of the works of the composers whose birth and death anniversaries are being marked this year, including Arno Babajanyan (95th birth anniversary), Eduard Mirzoyan (95th birth anniversary) and Mikhail Kokzhaev (70th birth anniversary), as well as a concert dedicated to the 90th birth anniversary of renowned cellist Geronti Talalyan.

The festival will host renowned musicians, including Dmitri Novgorodsky (piano, USA), Ani Aghabekyan (violin, Germany), Tigran Hakhumyan (violin, Germany) and Tigran Mahtesyan (violin, Belgium).

For the past three years, the festival’s organizers have been collaborating with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia (artistic director and principal conductor Sergey Smbatyan), with which young, 12-13-year-old gifted cellists will be performing with this year.