Terteryan's Time

Terteryan's Time

The music festival, titled “Terteryan’s time”, was named after one of the most authentic and interesting Armenian composers of the twentieth century - Avet Terteryan.

Each year it takes place in Summer in the village of Airavank of Gegharkunik region in the composer’s house. Being the author of 9 symphonies, “Monologues of Richard I” ballet, “Fire ring” and “Earthquake” operas, as well as numerous other works, Terteryan believed that music was not being created, not even written, but appeared from somewhere above and the only thing was remaining was to find the right place for it. He considered village of Airavank situated on the shore of Lake Sevan, the very place for such “appearance”, therefore he built a mansion on his own project and spent there the last years of his life.

For the first, the festival “Terteryan's time” was organized in 2015 upon the initiative of the Fund for development and propaganda of culture “Culture and the Future”, the Ministry of Culture of the Sverdlovsk region of the Russian Federation, the Union of Composers of Armenia and with support of the Armenian Ministry of Culture and the Armenian Community of St. Petersburg.

This year, in the framework of the program of the festival, the chamber-instrumental and vocal pieces by young composers – students of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, were performed along with the music of Terteryan. Thereinafter the festival headed from Airavank village to Artsakh. A concert, titled “Dedication to Classics” took place in the Music College named after Sayat-Nova of Stepanakert, and at the same time young musicians-performers presented to the public in the State Museum of Fine Arts of Shushi works of their peers-composers titled “Young composers of the 21st century”.