Music stars of Byurakan

 Music stars of ByurakanSince older times people in Armenia believes that stars look brighter and closer if observed from the area of Byurakan, where since 1947 the world-famous astrophysical observatory has been operating. Hence close to the heavenly bodies now stars of musical horizon will also be flickering. On the April 3 the opening of the Art Academy “Byurakan” took place alongside with the international music festival “Prospects of Yerevan”.


Establishing the Academy during the prestigious music festival is absolutely not an exception, but a world-wide known practice. Verbier Academy, Academy of Edinburgh, Kronberg, Brussels … all are rather well-known centers, united under the idea of high-quality transmission of skills to the younger generation of musicians embraced by special spirit. Organizers choose Byurakan as the site for establishing the Academy of Music for several reasons: since 1947 it had an academic settlement. A number of historical monuments such as basilic of St. Hovhannes Church, Monastery Dheere, Artavazik church are located in a close neighborhood. There is also the summer residence of Catholicos, the Amberd castle and the Institute of Physics, all are located not far from the site.

The only regional Academy will be operating in this “spiritual” atmosphere, devoted to serve as a world-class soloists preparing Academy. The popular contemporary musicians and personalities who have influence in the field of culture, will conduct master classes, deliver concerts, briefly - will create proper conditions for talented and promising young Armenian musicians ensuring their further promotion.

The official ceremony attended President Serzh Sargsyan, Ms. Rita Sargsyan, Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosyan, the famous pianist Evgeny Kissin, representatives of the music community and many others. Guests walked around new-built Academy, had insight look in the Academy facilities, as well as the educational programs. Founding President of the "Byurakan" Academy of Arts Stepan Rostomyan warmly welcomed the honorable guests. Words of gratitude to the patrons of the Academy, including “Pyunik" foundation and Evgeny Kissin were expressed.

Around the musical "mega-star" of our time-Evgeny Kissin, talented young Armenian musicians-participants of the program "New Names of Armenia” stepped in the musical constellation. The concert program of young artists, the future stars of tomorrow - was warmly adopted by the audience.

The first event to be held in Byurakan Academy was the intensive three-day courses of the festival management, together with the European Festival Association, entitled "Festival Readings”.

The courses are designed to introduce participants to the importance of the Armenian festivals in the cultural life of society and in the development of art.

Leading experts, who arrived in Armenia, will present the festival management control system, new approaches and share their skills and international experience.