Good Old Traditions

Good Old Traditions

The multicolored sound palette of national musical instruments and folk songs, performed at the hall of the Armenian Music Society, filled the air of hot summer days in Yerevan.

An unprecedented number of participants took part in this year's 5th Contest of National Instruments and Solo Performers of Folk Song in Yerevan. 147 adolescent and young musicians from Yerevan and from all the regions of the country competed for the title of winners-laureates in two age groups (up to 16 and 16-30-year-olds) and three nominations: solo performance, ensemble performance and solo singing.

The contest, which has already become a tradition, is organized by the Armenian Music Society with the support of the RA Ministry of Culture, Yerevan Municipality and the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. This year the contest is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Music (Choral) Society.

The festive closing of the Contest and the awarding ceremony of the laureates took place in the Komitas Chamber Music House. Summing up the results of the contest, Davit Ghazaryan, the Chairman of the Armenian Music Society and Professor at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, highly valued efforts invested by all teachers and music educational institutions, at the same time highlighted the level of readiness of the contest participants.

Due to the state program aimed at the preservation and further development of the national instrument performing traditions, a number of folk instrument classes have recently been opened in all music schools and art schools of the Republic, completely tuition-free. Thanks to this particular program, such Armenian folk instruments as kanon (harp), duduk, shvi, kamancha, santur and many others are again performed by young musicians.