Opening and award ceremony of first Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival was held

On September 20, Aram Khachaturian Grand Concert Hall hosted the award ceremony of the Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival, which was held under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Armenia and as part of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference. The event was held through the combined efforts of the Ministries of Diaspora and Culture of the Republic of Armenia , the Union of Composers of Armenia and the Nairi Foundation.

In her opening remarks, Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Hranush Hakobyan expressed her greetings to the attendees and stated the following: “The Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival is an occasion to listen to traditional, classical and modern music and pay homage to national music. We get this impression and have this feeling due to the people who are with us today, the heroes of this event who have been touching the hearts of the people of Armenia and the world and exciting them for many years with their exceptional performances. Their names and last names already symbolize our nation. The Armenian language turns into a melody and song when it is heard from their mouths. Today, we are expressing our words of love, appreciation and infinite gratitude to the great Armenians who are the great Armenian singers and musicians and set an example for the new generation and young Armenians. They are very talented and capable of becoming the worthy descendant of each of them. As we pay homage to them today, we are also paving the way for young people.

Congratulating everyone on the launch of the Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival and wishing the festival success, I would also like to congratulate all those who won awards today, dear and precious people like the “Duduk Wizard”, master Jivan Gasparyan; the “Queen of the Canon” Angela Atabekyan; the “Lord of the Magic Wand”, Ohannes Chekidjian; the “Queen of the Cello”, Medea Abrahamyan and others. Glory and honor to you all. I would like to thank you for your work and your unique human attributes and professionalism. May Armenian culture be purified, may all Armenians become powerful with their national values, may the potent, strong and competitive Armenians continue to show their style and endure in the spheres of not only culture, but also in all sectors.”

The award ceremony of the festival stood out with its exclusivity. The recipients received the awards they had earned a long time ago for their great and outstanding contributions to Armenian culture, and the people in the audience were lucky to enjoy their presence.

A Nairi Award was granted to People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia, dudukist Jivan Gasparyan. Georgi Minasov, who is one of the best masters of Armenian national instruments, a Merited Artist of the Republic of Armenia and has created various types of duduks, received the Special Award.

People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia, cellist Medea Abrahamyan was awarded with a Nairi Award, and a Special Award was granted to talented cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, who is young, but has already gained international recognition with his brilliant performances.

Dhol player Gagik Hakhverdyan received the Nairi Award in the Percussions category.

People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia Ruben Matevosyan and People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia, canon player Angela Atabekyan received Nairi Awards.

The song “Vokaliz”, which President of the Union of Composers of Armenia and the jury of Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival Aram Satyan composed especially for the Nairi Festival, was performed.

The Nairi Grand Prize for Best Composer was granted to Vladilen Balyan.

The special guest of the festival was world famous composer Michel Legrand, who received the special award set by Artyom’s Jewelry.

People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia Barsegh Tumanyan took home the Nairi Award for Best Classical Singer.

The recipient of the Nairi Award in the Classic Keyboard Instruments category was People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia, pianist Svetlana Navasardyan.

A special award was granted to People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia Suren Gyanjumyan on the occasion of his 85th birth anniversary.

Musicologist, folklorist, candidate of the arts and Professor of the Conservatory Alina Pahlevanyan received the Special Award.

By the order of RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, owner of Nairi Spa Resorts, Russia-based businessman and sponsor of Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival Grigor Ghukasyan was awarded with the Boghos Nubar Medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora for his charities and for his activities aimed at popularizing Armenian songs and music.

On September 21, 2017, from 12:00-13:00, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia hosted a sporting event dedicated to Independence Day of the Republic of Armenia at the square (Freedom Square) near the building of the Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet and Northern Avenue, reported the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs to Hayern Aysor.

Among the participants were representatives of the following sports: badminton, armwresting, basketball, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, judo, tae kwon do, tennis, karate, kokh, cycling, acrobatics, sambo, table tennis, volleyball, fencing, wushu and chess. They gave demonstrative performances and presented the features of the sports to the citizens of Yerevan and visiting tourists.

In his speech during the award ceremony, founding president of the Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival Samvel Haroyan stated that the goal of the pan-Armenian music festival is to foster the preservation and development of Armenian music and appreciate renowned Armenian singers and musicians, as well as their successes and achievements.

Samvel Haroyan stated that the festival will be an annual event. The founding president of the festival added that a national anthem had been composed for the Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival (composed by Gevorg Manasyan, lyrics by Levon Blbulyan) and was performed by Merited Artists of the Republic of Armenia Leyla Saribekyan and Hamlet Gevorgyan.

Afterwards, the Best Choirmaster Award was granted to People’s Artist of the USSR, recipient of state awards, artistic director and conductor of the National Academic Choir of Armenia, Professor Ohannes Chekidjian. The award ceremony ended with a performance by the National Academic Choir of Armenia.

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