For the next ten days I’m in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital city – 1200 miles east of Turkey – to watch and report on the Aram Khachaturian Cello Competition.
It’s a great opportunity to hear 16 cellists tackle works by Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and, of course, homegrown composing talent Aram Khachaturian – yes, him of the Onedin Line signature tune fame.
I like to travel. I’m at my best when I travel. Invitations to venture to a place you haven’t visited before and experience classical music on someone else’s home turf are a lovely treat – a gentle pat on the back that stirs curiosity and fuels discovery.
Quite apart from the opportunity to write about something I love, or to exercise one’s listening faculties, there’s also the joy of being able
The competition begins on Thursday 7 June with a first round
The second round starts on Saturday 9 June during which we’ll hear the Khachaturian Sonata-Fantasy, and a choice of either Beethoven’s second, third, or fifth cello sonatas.
The four finalists will compete for the $15,000 and concert engagement prize
Fedor Amosov – Russian Federation
Varduhi Mirzoyan – Armenia
Mikayel Petrosyan – Armenia
Zhanna Miniotas – Russian Federation
Anna Koshkina- Russian Federation
Chae-Won Hong-Republic of Korea
Rustem Khamidullin – Russian Federation
Jonathan Swensen -Denmark
Kenta Uno- Japan
Sevak Avanesyan -Armenia / Belgium
Sergey Bulgadaryan – Russian Federation
Kyung Jun Lee –Republic of Korea
Sandra Lied Haga – Norway
Mon-Puo Lee- Spain / Taiwan
Hyejin Kim -Republic of Korea
Vasily Stepanov- Russian Federation
Where to follow
I’m hoping there’ll be time to shoot some video of the sights and sounds of Yerevan – you’ll be able to find them on Twitter, YouTube
There’ll be pictures too on Instagram, and regular updates on the blog.
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