Worldwide, Armenian premieres were presented to the audience on November 8 within the framework of the 4th Khachaturian International Festival. World premiere of the composition Three Pieces for Orchestra by Alexey Shor took place. Verdiana for Clarinet and Orchestra by the same composer was performed in Armenia for the first time. Besides, the audience enjoyed Sinfonietta for Strings by Alexander Arutiunian and Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. World-famous musicians Alexander Romanovsky (piano, Ukraine / Italy) and Julian Milkis (clarinet, Canada) performed with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan. The Khachaturian International Festival invites renowned musicians to Armenia. Leading clarinetist of the music world, a pupil of the legendary Ben Goodman, student of the Juilliard School Julian Milkis is an international artist, who performs as a soloist, chamber musician and has solo concerts, as well as is famous for jazz performances.
J. Milkis performed in such famous concert halls as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Salle Pleyel and Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, etc ..
The audience waits and receives pianist Alexander Romanovsky with lots of love. As the pianist says, in Armenia he feels like at home. The pianist, who has high demand in the world, won the first prize of the international competition after Busoni (Italy) at 17 years old. Since 2013, Romanovsky has been the artistic director of the International Competition for Young Pianists after Krainev.
As a soloist he performed under the direction of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre with the Orchestra of the theater, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ames Colony, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of New York under the direction of Alan Gilbert, as well as at the Barbican Centre in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and etc ..
4th Khachaturian International Festival is held under the patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. It is held thanks to the joint efforts of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (General Partner of the Orchestra - VivaCell-MTS) and the "Classical Music Support" NGO, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA, the "Khachaturian" Foundation and the European Foundation for Support of Culture. The sponsors of the 4th Khachaturian Festival are "Jermuk Group" Company, "Ani Plaza" Hotel, the Yerevan Brandy Factory and the ArmSwissBank.