Dear colleagues and friends!
I recall the unforgettable days spent in Armenia, in beautiful and hospitable Yerevan with warmth and joy. I was very pleased and honored to take part in the Aram Khachaturian International Festival. It was not the first time that I turned to creations of this great composer. I have performed the "Ode to Joy" at Carnegie Hall and here, in the United States my audio CD with this large-scale work was released.
I want to address my kindest words to the excellent musicians of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Despite of their young age they have brilliant technique, teamwork skills and competence! The great conductor, the driving force of the whole team - Maestro Sergey Smbatyan! The way he feels the music, his passion, shine in the eyes and working capacity simply charmed me.
I want to address special kind regards to the wonderful State Academic Choir of Armenia and its stunning Artistic Director - Maestro Hovhannes Chekijian. Shivers run over the skin when you hear the power and beauty of this team.
And of course, many thanks to the administrative team for their dedicated work. Thanks to these "soldiers of the invisible front" the Festival was held in a brilliant way.
With all my heart I wish the organizers of the Khachaturian International Festival further success, new concerts and cultural achievements to the delight of all fans and lovers of classical music!