Festival of young talents

Festival of young talents









The 7th International Festival of Young Musicians-performers ''New names'' took place in Yerevan on June 2-5, 2017.

It was held under the patronage of the First Lady of Armenia Rita Sargsyan with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and National Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia and upon initiative of the ''New names'' project of Armenia. The casting of young musicians-performers this time involved about fifty talented young musicians from Armenia, Artsakh, Austria, USA, Canada and Iran. All them were laureates of republican and international contests and festivals, fellow recipients of various funds.

The official opening of the Festival took place on June 2nd at the Yerevan Chamber Music House named after Komitas. On 3rd and 4th of June, in the same venue, the Yerevan audience attended the performances of young musicians-performers. The solemn closing of the festival and the performance of the young soloists accompanied by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia under the direction of the conductor Harutyun Arzumanyan was held on June 5 at the “Aram Khachaturyan” Concert Hall.

Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia Artur Pogosyan testified that the International Festival of Young Musicians-Performers ''New names'' was one of the best scenes through which one can identify, learn, and then support and promote the professional promotion of talented children.

  ''This year the major part of musicians, who came to the festival, were of Armenian origin. Despite to be grown up at the remote distance from their homeland, thanks to the festival, they appeared to be attached to their roots, their native country and its culture. A variety of cultural program was proposed to the festival participants. The children visited Holy Etchmiadzin, Garni, Geghard, as well as the sights of the capital'', - noted the artistic director of the International Festival of Young Musicians-Performers ''New names'' Sylva Mekinyan.

All participants of the Festival were awarded with honorary diplomas and nominal wrist watches from the First Lady of the Republic of Armenia.