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PENDERECKI CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS' FESTIVAL

The Penderecki Contemporary Classics' Festival is the next renamed edition of the “Contemporary Classics” Composers' Festival, established in 2019 by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and supported by the European Foundation for Support of Culture.

Previous Years

20 19 - 22

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The Penderecki Contemporary Classics' Festival

The Penderecki Contemporary Classics' Festival was originally the first and only festival in Armenia to entirely feature living world legends of classical music and remains such to this day. A unique opportunity for music enthusiasts to meet prominent contemporary classical composers in the capital city of Yerevan and connect with their musical legacy, the festival has been hosting universally beloved celebrities.

Renowned virtuosi Mario Brunello, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Ning Feng, Boris Berezovsky, Daria Tchaikovskaya and other remarkable artists have performed masterpieces of great contemporary composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Tigran Mansurian, Qigang Chen, Giya Kancheli, Alexey Shor, Georgs Pelecis, Karl Jenkins and Alexander Tchaikovsky, most of whom have honored the festival with their presence.

After bidding farewell in 2020 to the late Krzysztof Penderecki, the great Polish composer and conductor, one of the most outstanding figures of the 20th-century classical music and a good friend of Armenia, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra commited itself to titling the festival by Maestro’s name.

Currently held with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia, the Penderecki Contemporary Classics’ Festival is the only festival worldwide privileged to be named after the great composer as a tribute to his grandeur.

20 19

"Contemporary Classics" Composers' Festival 2019

"Contemporary Classics" Composers' Festival gathers legendary composers from all over the world in Armenia. The aim of the festival is to give the audience an opportunity to get together the legends of our times and to enjoy their music live.

Concert Programme

06. 03

19:00

Aram Khachaturian concert hall
Haro Stepanyan - Piano Concerto

Allegro animato-Moderato con spirito-Largo

Andante con spirito

Edgar Hovhannisyan - Passacaglia from the Ballet "Antouni

Edward Mirzoyan - Symphonic Poem “Loreci Sako

Ruben-Asatryan img

Ruben Asatryan

Conductor

Armen-Babakhanyan img

Armen Babakhanyan

Piano

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

01. 11

19:00

National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiarian
Tigran Mansurian - Partita for Symphony Orchestra

Overture

Pastorale

Tigran Mansurian - Violin Concerto No.1

Intermission

Tigran Mansurian - Four Pieces from “The Snow Maiden” Ballet

Menuet

Gerda’s solo dance

Sergey-Smbatyan img

Sergey Smbatyan

Conductor

Chouchane-Siranossian img

Chouchane Siranossian

Violin

Mario-Brunello img

Mario Brunello

Cello

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

03. 11

19:00

Aram Khachaturian concert hall
Giya Kancheli - À la Duduki” for Symphony Orchestra

Giya Kancheli - “Lonesome” for Violin and Orchestra

Giya Kancheli - “Angels of Sorrow” for Violin, Cello, Children’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Gidon-Kremer img

Gidon Kremer

Violin

Giedrė-Dirvanauskaitė img

Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė

Cello

Anahit-Papayan img

Anahit Papayan

Choirmaster

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Karine Arakelyan

Artistic Director

04. 11

17:00

K. Demirchyan Sports & Concert Complex
Krzysztof Penderecki - Adagio from Symphony No.3

Krzysztof Penderecki - Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra

Intermission

Krzysztof Penderecki - Symphony No.5 “Korean”

Krzysztof-Penderecki img

Krzysztof Penderecki

Conductor

Ju-Young-Baek img

Ju-Young Baek

Violin

Claudio-Bohorquez img

Claudio Bohorquez

Cello

Eduard-Topchjan img

Eduard Topchjan

Conductor

05. 11

19:00

Aram Khachaturian concert hall
Alexey Shor - Selections from the Ballet Suite “Crystal Palace”

Overture

Children’s Dance

Alexey Shor - Cello Concerto “Musical Pilgrimage”

Allegro

Adagio

Alexey Shor - Selections from “Images from the Great Siege” Symphonic Cycle

Solitary Rider

A Loss

Sergey-Smbatyan img

Sergey Smbatyan

Conductor

Ingolf-Wunder img

Ingolf Wunder

Piano

Victor-Julien-Laferrière img

Victor Julien-Laferrière

Cello

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

07. 11

19:00

Aram Khachaturian concert hall
Georgs Pelecis - “Endorphin Music” for Symphony Orchestra

Georgs Pelecis - “Dedication to My Teacher” Concert for Two Pianos, orchestra and Tape

Sergey-Smbatyan img

Sergey Smbatyan

Conductor

Roberto-Cominati img

Roberto Cominati

Piano

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Costanza Principe

Piano

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

08. 11

19:00

Aram Khachaturian concert hall
Karl Jenkins - Symphonic Adiemus

In Caelum Fero

Chorale: Za Ma Ba

Adiemus

Song of the Spirit

Chorale: Elegia

Kayama

Tintinnabulum

Tintinnabulum

Claudio-Bohorquez img

Claudio Bohorquez

Cello

Eduard-Topchjan img

Eduard Topchjan

Conductor

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Karl Jenkins

Conductor

Ohannes-Tchekidjian img

Ohannes Tchekidjian

Conductor

09. 11

19:00

Aram Khachaturian concert hall
Alexander Tchaikovsky - Grand Serenade

Alexander Tchaikovsky - Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestr

Alexander Tchaikovsky - Concerto No.2 “Studies in Ordinary Tones” for Viola, Piano and Orchestra

The Concerto is dedicated to Yuri Bashmet

Andante

Sergey-Smbatyan img

Sergey Smbatyan

Conductor

Alexander-Tchaikovsky img

Alexander Tchaikovsky

Piano

Daria-Tchaikovskaya img

Daria Tchaikovskaya

Piano

Yuri-Bashmet img

Yuri Bashmet

Viola