FAR’s beloved friend, the renowned pianist, philanthropist, and humanitarian Sahan Arzruni spent most of October conducting a tour with a mission as he visited schools in five different regions, where he held master classes for students and then subsequently partnered with some of them on a final performance. All in all, he visited schools in Gyumri, Vanadzor, Dilijan, Ashtarak, and Ararat, before circling back to Yerevan where he wrapped up with one final performance at the Aram Khachaturian House-Museum. The schools in Gyumri and Dilijan are supported by FAR.
The concert included works by the Armenian female composers, including Geghuni Chtchyan, Gayane Chebotaryan, Alicia Terzyan, Sirvart Karamanouk, Goharik Ghazarosyan, Lucy Hazarapetyan, and Mery Guyumchyan.
“I represented the Armenian composers as far back as the 8th century up until today. Unfortunately, they are underrepresented, so I decided to expose their works and in doing so learned about 40 female composers,” said Arzruni.“Music knows no language. During my tour to these regions of Armenia, I did master classes for the pianists and children playing the violin, clarinet, etc.--young people who love music and are ready for knowledge exchange.”
“Sahan Arzruni’s visit to Armenia turned out to be a real event as he is always full of new thoughts and ideas and he tries to inspire his colleagues,” said Aram Khachaturian House-Museum Director Armine Grigoryan.