The concert series of scholarship holders started

24 March 2021

The concert series of "Music for future" scholarship holders have started these days in Yerevan musical institutions

The concert series of "Music for future" scholarship holders have started these days in Yerevan musical institutions. The first concert took place at Yerevan Music School after Sayat-Nova, and next the young musicians performed on the stage of the Yerevan State Music College after Romanos Melikyan.

The choice is not random: the young scholarship holders, aged 11 to 17, Davit Boyajyan (violin), Asya Anisimova (violin), Mari Hakobyan (cello), Hayk Hekekyan (oboe), Tigran Gasparyan (oboe), Davit Tonoyan (bassoon), Satenik Galstyan (French horn), Mihran Arakelyan (trumpet), Samvel Davtyan (trombone), and Gur Sargsyan (piano) are students of the best musical institutions of our republic. During the concerts they performed compositions of C. Saint-Saens, W. Mozart, R. Farnaby, G ․ Farnaby, J. Rameau, H. Wieniawski, E. Bozza, E. Lalo, V. Uspensky, R. Schumann, J. Haydn, D. Popper, F. Liszt, S. Rachmaninoff and J. Arban. At the end of the concerts, the fellows performed Aram Khachaturian's "Ayesha’s Dance" from ‘’Gayane’’ ballet, which was specially transcribed for the children by young composer Vahagn Vardanian.

According to composer, Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia, member of Composers Union of Armenia Eduard Hayrapetyan, identification of talented children and support provided to them is a very important step carried out by the ‘’Music for Future’’ Foundation by the initiative of the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey Smbatyan.

"The jury showed a quite strict approach, selecting the best ones, who receive not only financial, but, more importantly, professional support," said E. Hayrapetyan, who was a member of the professional jury of the contest announced by the Foundation.

According to Maestro, individuals do not immediately perfectly show up their abilities, they should be identified, encouraged and supported. "Therefore, the more children are supported, the more talented performers will appear. We should identify talented people and not limit ourselves to one-time support. In this regard, the Foundation's approach is very correct, as the support provided is not limited to only monetary incentives, but master classes and concerts are organized, which are so necessary for young performers to pave their way. Such long-term professional support is very important for a young musician. Being well aware of Sergey Smbatyan's creative activity, I am very happy and I welcome also his charity initiative: he always looks ahead and he perfectly realizes and, most importantly, does a great job in development and promotion of our future generation.’’

Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia, Director of Yerevan State Music College after Romanos Melikyan, Violinist Varazdat Khachumyan highly appreciated concert performances of the young musicians. ‘’The most of the concert participants had brilliant performances, the rest still have to work on themselves։ the children were too excited. The concert went on well, this is a great program, it is important that the concert series will last, which is very welcome.’’

Speaking about the Foundation's activities, V. Khachumyan welcomed the program of identifying and supporting talented children, and noted that not talented people can always find their place in this world, while the talented ones should be supported and promoted. "By supporting talented performers, the Foundation will be able to achieve its goal - to ensure a generational change of professional performers in the field of music. This is a brilliant initiative that will give its results in the field of music.

The idea of establishing the Foundation is aimed at the creative development and promotion of Armenian young musicians, and this is what the choirmaster, professor of Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the choir ‘’Little Singers of Armenia’’, Director of Yerevan Music School after Sayat-Nova Tigran Hekekyan notes in his speech. By welcoming the initiative of the Foundation, he mentioned. "Talented children should be supported so that they can grow and become musicians. I think that children should also have an incentive to learn, but in Armenia that incentive is very weak, the competition is very small. There should be an incentive to compete and it should not be so easy for anyone to achieve anything, because there is a lack of good specialists and teachers in educational institutions who strive to get the best result for students. There are many talented and gifted children who do not show up. In order to succeed in this field, the tactics should be changed at the state level.’’

According to T. Hekekyan, in order to support talented and gifted children, it is necessary to create competition. ''The "Music for Future’’ Foundation has selected 10 talented children, and I think it should also form a competition between them over time. If the child is gifted, he must multiply his talents and abilities by hard work, which he often does not do. In addition, it is very important that the Foundation organizes master classes for children, this will contribute greatly to their development.''  

T. Hekekyan’s expressed an opinion that the Foundation's initiative to find and support talented children will succeed. "The children who deserve it most should be made famous, brought to the international arena, and made involved in international projects.’’

Worth mentioning that the next concerts of "Music for Future" scholarship holders are planned to be held in other musical institutions of scholarship holders: Yerevan Specialized Music School after A. Spendiaryan, Yerevan Music School after S. Jrbashyan and Yerevan Specialized Secondary Music School after Tchaykovsky.