Not so long ago classical music
flourished in Armenia. Unfortunately today the picture is exactly the opposite.
Due to lack
of financial resources hundreds of children, young men and women
have no means of developing their musical talent.
Members of the Aram Khachaturian Trio
noticed this unfortunate phenomenon during their concert tours to
the different regions of Armenia. They decided to give master classes
to some of the children, thus helping them to a certain extent to
develop their musical talent. Of course this was a drop in the ocean
and far from being an ideal solution. There was a huge number of
extraordinary talented children who required immediate attention.
There was an additional problem. Many
of the children and youngsters did not have musical instruments
(violin, cello, clarinet etc.). In fact in some of the regional
music schools, cello was not taught, simply because the school
could not afford to purchase the instrument. It is worth mentioning
that, starting with Aram Khachaturian there have been many famous
The above mentioned unfortunate
circumstances prompted us to find a radical solution to the problem.
We decided to establish the Classical Music Development Foundation ,
find the necessary funds and without delay develop the extraordinary
talents of these children.
The Classical Music Development
Foundation was established in 2010 and registered with the relevant
Government department. The Trustees of the Foundation are members of
the A. Khachaturian Trio, namely Armine Grigoryan, Karen Kocharyan
and Karen Shahgaldyan.
In September 2010, Assadour and
Vivienne Guzelian, together with a large group of the ex-students of
the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy , Calcutta, India,
attended a concert at the Aram Khachaturian House Museum and when
they heard some of the children sponsored by the newly formed
Foundation perform , contributed generously to the Classical Music
Development Foundation. We wish to mention with gratitude that on
that occasion Mrs. Vivienne Guzelian donated a substantial sum of
money to the Foundation, which helped us to sponsor a number of new
Assadour Guzelian, a close friend of the late Aram Khachaturian,
great supporter of the A. Khachaturian Trio and the Foundation,
accepted our invitation and agreed to act as the 4th trustee of the
Classical Music Development Foundation.
WHAT ARE AIMS OF THE
Find children and
youngsters of poor background from different regions of Armenia and
Artsakh , allocate scholarships and help them develop their
Equip the regional
music schools with instruments.
with musical instruments.
Organise events and
functions aimed at encouraging the development of classical music in
Parallel to the above activities, the A. Khachaturian Trio, in association with the C.M.D.F. is continuing to organise concert and give master classes in different regions of Armenia and Artsakh, as well as in Diaspora. For example, in May 2011 the A. Khachaturian Trio gave 3 concerts in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by the Sydney Chapter of the A.G.B.U. During their 10 day stay in Sydney, members of the Trio gave master classes to the talented Armenian music students.
Thanks to the generous donations
received from benefactors, the C.M.D.F. is sponsoring a number of
talented children and youngsters , who have already acclaimed fame.
For example, sponsored by the Foundation, the talented violinist
Lilit Mkhitaryan has been sent to Germany to attend master classes by
famous violinist Diemut Poppen. Again sponsored by the Foundation,
two permanent programmes are being realised at the A. Khachaturian
Museum, "The Musical Salon-Surprise" and "Musical
Treasures on the Screen at the Khachaturian's House".
One of the objectives of the A.
Khachaturian Trio and the C.M.D.F. is to cooperate with the
contemporary Armenian composers by playing their music both in
Armenia as well as abroad, organising their jubilees etc. Recently
the C.M.D.F. with the participation of A. Khachaturian Trio, marked
the jubilees of famous Armenian composers Eduard Mirzoyan, Alexander Harutyunyan,
Karen Khachaturyan and Avet Terteryan.
We are proud to announce that E. Mirzoyan, A. Harutyunyan and S. Sarajiev are honorary members of the
C.M.D.F. In the past they have always given us wise advice and
guidance, and no doubt they will also do so in the future.
This appeal is addressed to the entire
nation, both in Armenia, as well as Diaspora.
Help the C.M.D.F. so that it may
extend its activities and save many more musical talents, who
otherwise will be lost forever. It is essential, first and foremost
to rebuild the ruined temple of classical music. Each one of these
talented children will be the future columns of the planned
reconstruction . These children will in the future become famous
violinists, cellists, pianists etc., who will with pride represent
We trust the dreams of the C. M. D.
Foundation may be realised through your kind generosity.
Thanking you and with kind regards,
THE CLASSICAL MUSIC DEVELOPMENT