Led by international opera star Hasmik Papian, our Artistic Director, Zartonk Academy is a program of the Atken
Armenian Foundation. It will collaborate with the Government of the Republic of Artsakh as well as international
and local artists and partners, including music schools, cultural centers and creative labs.
A summer music academy modelled on proven state-of-the-art music training mechanisms. The Academy will
consist of Folk, Chamber, Voice, Jazz, and Creative Writing masterclasses as well as a Junior Music Academy led
by international and local artists. Zartonk in Artsakh will include collaborations and live performances, creative
programs with local partners, scholarships for participants and much more.
Stepanakert, Republic of Artsakh.
July 18-31, 2022.
With the war, pandemic and political unrest in the region for the past few years, the grief-stricken people of
Artsakh are in need of uplifting and enriching programs. This is especially true for its young, trauma-inflicted
population who need positive and practical ways to be inspired for their future. Music can strengthen community,
form identity, and build bridges; it is also a healing force that can help build resilience. This program will bring
real change—an Awakening or Զարթոնք—not only for the youth and people in arts and education, but also to
Artsakh’s public at large living in this post-war climate.
Fully funded through fundraising efforts of the Atken Armenian Foundation and its partners. Room and board will
be provided to faculty and students for the duration of the academy. Local authorities will help provide locales,
concert halls, and PR efforts to publicize the masterclasses and concerts to encourage local participation.
We continue to monitor the situation in the region and have a plan 'B' to hold Zartonk in Gyumri. Zartonk is happening, no
FACULTY & GUESTS
C H A M B E R M U S I C
V O I C E
Hasmik Papian, Armenia/Austria
Aline Kutan, Canada
F O L K M U S I C
Artem Khatchatur, Armenia
C R E A T I V E W R I T I N G
Hasmik Simonian, Armenia
Senora Gyulbudaghyan, Armenia
Narek Avagyan, Armenia
Sevak Avanesyan, Belgium
Martin Bazarian, Canada
Van Armenian, Canada
J A Z Z
Artyom Manukyan, Armenia/USA
Tigran Suchyan, Armenia
J U N I O R A C A D E M Y
Van Armenian, Founder & Director of Academy
Anna Demerjian, Zartonk Development Director