Contest of Young Composers

Contest of Young Composers

With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, the Fifth Republican Contest of Young Composers after Edward Mirzoyan was held in Yerevan on May 10-12. The organizers of the competition were the Union of Composers of Armenia and the Yerevan Municipality.


The contest of young composers, named after one of the brightest representative of the Armenian "Mighty Handful", People's Artist of the USSR, Professor Edward Mirzoyan, has been held since 2014. Its goal is to allow young authors to express themselves, present their works and feel themselves a part of the great composer family of the Union of Composers of Armenia.

As a result of closed discussions, 11 young artists in two age groups (the younger group - up to 13 years and the senior group - 14-18 years) were selected to participate in the contest.

This year for the first time the composers of Armenian origin from Russia and Germany took part in the contest, dedicated to the 2800th  anniversary of the foundation of Yerevan. That is why, in addition to one instrumental work, the contestants of the senior age group were requested to present one song dedicated to our beloved capital. It is worth to mention that the prize in this nomination was granted to Leo Baghdasaryan, a young author from Nagorno-Karabakh. His song "You are my today" was acknowledged the best.

The winners of the contest in two age groups were 9-year-old Araks Aschyan, who presented the piano play "Sparrow" and 14-year-old Alexander Tonikyan, who presented the play for violin and piano "Septima".

            The jury of the Republican Contest of Young Composers after Edward Mirzoyan included well-known composers: the chairman of the Union of Composers of Armenia, the Deserved Activist of Culture of the Republic of Armenia Aram Satyan; People's Artists of the RA M.Vardazaryan and E.Yerznkyan and others.

The awarding ceremony and the gala concert took place in the hall of the Union of Composers of Armenia on May 12, coincided with the Anniversary of Edward Mirzoyan.