By Roza Grigoryan
Photos by Lusi Sargsyan
Foreign musicians participating in Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival
From June 25 to 30, the Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet is organizing the first Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival in Armenia.

There will be premieres during the first festival in Yerevan. On June 27, Komitas Museum-Institute hosted another concert that featured performances of the works of Arutiunian, Mozart, Khachaturian and Pasculi by musicians from Switzerland, Slovenia, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Armenia.

“Communication with musicians and the creative atmosphere are very important for us. Unfamiliar musicians have come together and are performing the works of Western European composers for woodwind instruments. Of course, there have also been certain adaptations. We have chosen works that are not performed a lot in Armenia. We hope Armenian composers write music for this festival,” the festival’s artistic director and conductor Karen Durgaryan stated in an interview with

Let us mention that the Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival will be ongoing, gathering several famous musicians in Armenia every year. The festival also features master classes, which Karen Durgaryan says is very important. “Alexander Arutiunian is one of the composers whose works are performed a lot in Europe. His Concerto for the Trumpet is famous around the world and is included in the programs of all international festivals. The fact that the festival is named after Alexander Arutiunian is a great honor for us. Through him, we are trying to pave the way for the young generation,” Karen Durgaryan added in an interview with

Through this festival, the organizers want to express their gratitude and respect to the great composer Alexander Arutiunian, conveying a new air and shades to his famous works and the works that have yet to be performed.

This year, the festival is being held through the combined efforts of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia and the Orchestra’s artistic director and principal conductor Vahan Martirosyan.

The festival is being held with the support of the RA Ministry of Culture and Yerevan Municipality as well.