By Davit Grigoryan
Photos by Emma Matevosyan
19-06-2018
European Year of Cultural Heritage kicks off
June 16th marked the launch of the event devoted to the 2018: European Year of Cultural Heritage initiative at Zvartnots Cathedral in Armenia.
Among the attendees of the event were Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia Piotr Switalski, RA Minister of Culture Lilit Makunts and President of Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival (member of the European Festivals Association) Stepan Rostomyan.
 
The inaugural concert began with a performance by the Estonian Hortus Musicus Ensemble led by Andres Mustone.
 
On June 15, representatives of the Estonian Hortus Musicus Ensemble and the Gurdjieff Ensemble held a joint workshop and master class at Byurakan Art Academy, and the workshop and master class were followed by “Salve Regina” (music devoted to the Virgin Mary starting from the Middle Age and ending with the Baroque Period).
 
The EU Delegation to Armenia had organized exclusive cultural and educational events at Byurakan Art Academy. European and Armenian medieval musical instruments and the peculiarities of musical performances in the Middle Age were presented during a meeting and discussion held with members and musicians of Hortus Musicus Ensemble, followed by unforgettable performances that were very exciting for both Armenian and Estonian musicians.
 
Canon players Elen Musaelyan, Kristine Yengoyan and little duduk and zurna master Tatul Hambardzumyan, who are known to music lovers, performed for the members of Hortus Musicus Ensemble. Grigor Arakelyan, performer of the kemani (Armenian viola), also participated in the meeting.
 
The events are organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, in partnership with the Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival (member of the European Festivals Association). The goal is to share assessment of European cultural heritage and highlight belonging to the common European space.