NEWS Press Releases Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Contributes to the Armenian Communities of Beirut, Syria and Aleppo2008-09-29
Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Contributes to the Armenian Communities of Beirut, Syria and Aleppo
On October 4, 5 and 6 the prominent pianist Vardan Mamikonian will hold charity concerts in Beirut, Syria and Aleppo.On October 4, 5 and 6 the prominent pianist Vardan Mamikonian will hold charity concerts in Beirut, Syria and Aleppo. The concert is organized and managed by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Germany affiliate, represented by its Chairman Gilbert Moumdjian, and Regional committees of Lebanon and Syria. Proceeds from the concert will be used to provide medical assistance, as well as foster educational and cultural initiatives in the local Armenian communities. The concerts also aim to strengthen cultural links between Armenia and Diaspora, as well as educate young Armenian people in Diaspora. After the series of charity concerts Vardan Mamikonian will arrive in Yerevan to take part in the Classical Music Festival.
“For years Armenians in Diaspora have been a great moral and material support to people in Armenia and Karabakh. Some of these Armenian communities are experiencing difficulties, and it is our duty to extend them a helping hand. Hayastan Fund’s projects such as this serve this purpose too”, says Mr. Moumdjian.
Vardan Mamikonian began his piano studies at the Yerevan Spendiarian School of Music. He continued his studies at the Moscow Central Music School and at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he became a student of Valery Kastelsky, one of the last pupils of the legendary teacher Heinrich Neuhaus. Vardan Mamikonian always impressed the public with his elegant technique and superb musicianship. Mamikonian has played recitals at the Musikverein in Vienna, at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Herkulessaal in Munich, Wigmore Hall in London, the Tonhalle in Zurich, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., among others. Other engagements have included performances as soloist in Germany and Holland, Shanghai, Leipzig, Paris, Munich. During the season 2007-2008 upcoming recital and orchestral engagements include performances with orchestras in France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Since 1991 Mamikonian has made his home in Paris, France. In 1992 he was the winner of the World Music Masters Competition in Monte Carlo, reserved exclusively for winners of international competitions.
Vardan Mamikonian’s concert is not unprecedented: the world renowned Armenian opera singer Hasmik Papyan years ago gave several charity concerts in these communities. She then expressed willingness to give benefit performances for Armenians in Diaspora and direct proceeds from the concerts to the solution of their immediate needs
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