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12 The Armenian Reporter | February 28, 2009


Four award-winning teenage virtuosos from Russia, Georgia,

and Armenia to debut at Carnegie Hall

Clarinetist Narek


first New York


NEW YORK – Four young virtuosos

from Russia, Georgia, and

Armenia, selected from competition

winners at approximately 50

conservatories, will make their

New York recital debuts on May 7

and 8, 2009, at Weill Recital Hall at

Carnegie Hall. These young musicians

are all winners of the 2008

Guzik Foundation Awards.

Pianist Daniil Trifonov, born

in 1992 in Novgorod, Russia, and

clarinetist Narek Arutyunian,

born in 1991 in Gyumri, Armenia,

make their New York debuts. Pianist

Luka Okrostsvaridze, born

in 1991 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and

violinist Yuri Revich, born in

1991 in Moscow, make their U.S.


Daniil Trifonov and Yuri Revich

will share a program on Thursday,

May 7, at 8:00 P.M., Daniil performing

a solo first half and accompanying

Yuri after intermission.

Similarly, on Friday, May 8,

at 8:00 P.M., Luka Okrostsvaridze

will perform first and join Narek

Arutyunian for the second half of

the program. Tickets go on sale at

the Carnegie Hall Box Office on

March 9.

Just this past September Daniil

Trifonov won top honors at Italy’s

prestigious San Marino International

Piano Competition. He

won both the Gold Medal and the

Special Prize for his interpretation

of a composition of Chick Corea.

Narek Arutyunian performed on

a tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich

program at the Kennedy

Center in October 2008 featuring

young musicians presented by the

Rostropovich Foundation’s Fund

to Support Young Talented Musicians.

Among other honors, Luka

Okrostsvaridze has received numerous

grants and scholarships

from the Vladimir Spivakov International

Charity Foundation,

and has performed in Spivakov’s

festival in Colmar, France; Yuri

Revich has also performed at the

Colmar festival, and is a recipient

of a Rostropovich Grant.

Presenting the two concerts

are the Guzik Foundation, founded

by Bay Area philanthropist

Nahum Guzik, and the Cultural

Exchange Foundation, headed by

distinguished pianist/conductor

Constantine Orbelian. For the

past eight years, Guzik, a hightech

industrialist and Russian

émigré, together with Orbelian,

the music director of the Moscow

Chamber Orchestra and the

first American to hold that title

with a Russian ensemble, have

been nurturing young musicians

throughout Russia and Armenia.

Outstanding music students

ranging in age from 15 to 20 compete

for the Guzik Scholarships.

Usually, the young people come

from families of modest means

who still consider achievement in

music an enduring tradition. The

best of the competitors receive

the annually conferred Guzik

Foundation Awards, perhaps the

first Russian classical music career

grant to offer, in addition to

scholarship funds, international

performance and recording opportunities.

Often the award winners already

have shelves full of competition

awards won in Russia. But

through the support of the Guzik

Foundation and the international

expertise of the Cultural Exchange

Narek Arutunyan.

Foundation, they are presented in

professional performances not

only throughout Russia, but in the

United States, including such centers

as New York, Chicago, Boston,

Washington, San Francisco, Los

Angeles, Miami, and Houston.

Past winners have participated in

festivals and concert series in Italy,

Scotland, and France as part of the

award, and in Russia they perform

at such prestigious venues as the

Moscow Conservatory, Armory of

the Kremlin and several palaces in

St. Petersburg.

Narek Arutyunian,


Narek Arutyunian was born in

Gyumri, Armenia, in 1992. He

began to play the clarinet at the

age of ten, and was admitted to

the Central Musical School of the

Moscow State Conservatory for an

accelerated course of study. After

Hovnanian School celebrates Vartanantz

one year of studying at the school,

Narek began participating in international

competitions. He won

first prize at the Rotary Club Moscow

International Music Children

Competition, the “Nutcracker” International

TV competition; and

the “Concertino Prague” International

Radio Competition in the

Czech Republic. He was awarded

with the opportunity to perform

with Yuri Bashmet and his Russian

Symphony Orchestra “New

Russia” and to record a CD as soloist.

Narek has performed as a soloist

with the Moscow State Symphony

Orchestra, the Kremlin

Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva

Chamber Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky

Symphony Orchestra of

Moscow Radio, and the Prague

Radio Symphony Orchestra; with

conductors Vladimir Spivakov,

Alexander Rudin, Alexander

Apolin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Misha

Rakhlevsky, Yuri Bashmet,

and Saulous Sondeckis; and in

Poland, Greece, Italy, Switzerland,

France, Canada, Czech Republic,

and at The Kennedy Center in

Washington D.C. in a tribute to

Mstislav Rostropovich in October

2008. In January 2010 he will

present a solo performance at the

Louvre in Paris.

The Guzik Foundation

Nahum Guzik is president and

CEO of Guzik Technical Enterprises.

Based in Palo Alto, California,

the Guzik Foundation, established

by Nahum Guzik in 1993,

provides grants to individuals

and organizations for study and

research in the fields of medicine

and the arts. Its support of the

arts is primarily through awards

and grants of financial support

in the early stages of individuals’

career-building. The foundation

also awards scholarships, assisting

students in the pursuit of a

post-secondary or advanced degree

in arts and science.

Cultural Exchange


The Cultural Exchange Foundation

(cef) engages in a variety of

charitable efforts aimed at educating

young people about great

music and creating good will

between cultures. Its activities

include its sponsorship with the

Guzik Foundation of the scholarship

program serving students in

Russia and Armenia that culminates

in the annual Guzik Foundation

Awards; free concerts and

open rehearsals for children and

workshops and master classes for

college students both in Russia

and the U.S., both by the Moscow

Chamber Orchestra and Guzik

Foundation Award winners; and

free or low-cost public concerts

in Russia.

The CEF also sponsors special

goodwill concerts. Among the

highlights was an historic event

at the Kremlin Palace, attended by

53 heads of state from around the

world, commemorating the 60th

anniversary of the end of World

War II on May 9, 2005. The gala

concert featured baritone Dmitri

Hvorostovsky, the Moscow

Chamber Orchestra conducted by

Constantine Orbelian, and a young

people’s choir, performing songs

from the war years. The Foundation

also helped to sponsor a U.S.

tour of the “Songs of the War

Years” program to venues including

Washington’s Kennedy Center and

Lincoln Center in New York.



NEW MILFORD, N.J. – Hovnanian

School students from the 4th

to 8th grade actively participated in

Vartanantz festivities on Thursday,

February 19, at the Sts. Vartanantz

Armenian Church in Ridgefield, N.J.

They attended the Divine Liturgy

celebrated by Archbishop Oshagan

Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern

Prelacy of the Armenian Church,

who also delivered a powerful message

about the symbolism of Vartanantz

and its relevance today.

Vartanantz is a celebration of the

battle of Avarair in 451 C.E. Armenian

nobles, led by Vartan Mamikonian,

rebelled against the Persian

crown, which sought to impose Zoroastrianism

on Armenia.

Following a lunch in the church

hall with 150 people attending,

the students presented a program.

After opening remarks by

Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, pastor

of the church, and Richard Sarajian,

chairperson of the Board

of Trustees, Silva Mesrobian,

lower grades headmaster, introduced

the school. Eighth graders

Thais Derjangocyan and Ararat

Gocmen gave a presentation

in Armenian about the meaning

of the celebration. Afterward, the

students presented four songs

dedicated to the heroes of the

Vartanantz War.

The feast being close to the beginning

of the Great Lent, the

students also presented two traditional

song-dances dedicated to

these festivities: “Djat Manana”

(6th grade) and “Medz Bas” (5th

and 8th grade).

The presentation ended with a

group recitation of the 8th grade,

who offered a rendition of a poem

by Taniel Varoujan, “Tzon” (Dedication).

In his closing remarks,

Archbishop Choloyan stressed the

importance of Vartanantz and the

need to make its lessons part of our

life as Armenians.

Hovnanian School students celebrating Vartanantz, February 19, at the Sts. Vartanantz Armenian

Church in Ridgefield, N.J


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