Give me the musicback, it is sadwithout music…

 Give me the musicback, it is sadwithout music…For more than four decades, the words of the popular song have beenserving as a mottofor oneof the most prestigiouseducational institutions among those providing secondary musicalprofessional education inArmenia. Beingfounded in1967, State Musical-pedagogical school, there in after reversed to college, was named after the classic of Armenian music of the twentieth century-Arno Babajanyan.

In recent yearsdue to the efforts of the college, six national competitions for young pianists after Arno Babajanyan were organized. Many of the winners already have international prizes, and two of them-Arus Achemyan and Lilit Grigoryan, winners of the Youth Award of the President of the Republic of Armenia in the sphere of instrumental performance.

This year the summer weekdays of Yerevan State Musical and Pedagogical College named after Arno Babajanyan were again filled up with music of the great composer. More than a hundred young pianists from Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and China took part in the third international competition festival for young pianists named after A. Babajanyan.

For the youngestparticipants -participants of the first(up to10 years) and second(11-15 years) age groups of youth the Contest-Festival was held in one-tour format with an obligatory inclusion of performance of one of the piano works by A.Babajanyan. The participants of the youth group (15-18 years) were given the opportunityto performin twophases, with the mandatory program-VirtuosoEtudes,the first part ofthe classicalsonata, worksof a composerof nationality of the participant, works by a 20th century composer, works upon the participant's choice, and of course, works by Arno Babajanyan.

The international jury judged the Competitive performances. Professor of the Rostov State Conservatory named after Sergei Rachmaninov, Honored Artist of the Republic of Mordovia, Ph.D. Vladimir Orlovsky, Professor of the Tbilisi State Conservatory named after V.Saradzhishvili, Head. of the piano department of the Central Music School Paliashvili Alexander Garber, Professors of Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas, Vice-Rector of teaching department Vagharshak Harutyunyan, Anahit Bogdanyan, winners of international competitions: the dean of the piano faculty, Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia Armen Babakhanyan, Head of Piano Department Suren Zakaryan, director of the Aram Khachaturian’s House-Museum Armine Grigoryan and teacher of special middle music school named Ahmed Zhubanov Gulzhamila Muhametdinova were members of that honored jury.

At the opening ceremonyof the contest-festival, Minister of Education Armen Ashotyan in his opening speech said: "I am very pleased that gathering together on the third time in this contest-festival, we discover new talents. In my opinion, education and culture are two inseparable phenomenons. Culturalman must beeducated, and educated must becultural. The current contest-festival is a “juicy shock" for the culture, and I hope that everyone will benefit from this "shock".