“The South Caucasus is changing in multiple ways. Some of these changes are planned, others are more spontaneous”, said LINKS Director Dennis Sammut when answering questions put to him by the Azerbaijani news portal news.az.Read more
Menua Mkrtchyan helped set up the Georgy Tovmasyan Foundation to remember the work of his late grandfather. Tovmasyan, who died last April, was Mkrtchyan’s maternal grandfather. During his life Tovmasyan painted hundreds works of art, many of which depict Mkrtchyan’s hometown in Armenia, Vandazor. “The main purpose of the foundation is to remember him”, Mkrtchyan tells me, but the […]Read more
From Yerevan to Buckingham Palace. Interview with Sergey Smbatian, the young, workaholic Armenian, who set up the State Youth Orchestra.
He is young, talented and extremely focused. Sergey Smbatian has gone from leading the Armenian State Youth Orchestra to conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Buckingham Palace. Nicholas Maltby caught up with him and asked him about his music career and future plans. You are living in both London and Yerevan whilst you are with the Royal Academy. Do you […]Read more
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ARAM KHACHATURIAN. Nicholas Maltby spoke to the young violinist Karen Shahgaldyan about Khachaturian and Armenian music.
This month marks the 109th birthday of the celebrated Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian. One of the most exciting musical ensembles in Armenia today is the Khachaturian Trio, a collective named after the late Armenian maestro. The trio consists of three distinguished musicians: the violinist Karen Shahgaldyan, pianist Armine Grigoryan, and cellist Karen Kocharyan. Shahgaldyan is the only one […]Read more