French horn player Armen Karagyan receives Hrair and Martha Albarian prizeArmen Karagyan, a third-year student at the wind-instruments department of Yerevan’s Komitas State Conservatory, has been awarded the Hrair and Martha Albarian 2014 Student of the Year Scholarship. The prize, which includes a Certificate of Achievement and a monetary award equivalent to US $500, was presented to the gifted musician during a ceremony on March 16 at the executive office of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in Yerevan.
Karagyan is a third-prize winner of the 2009 and 2013 Renaissance International Contest-Festivals. In 2015, he took a master class in Germany.
As he conveyed his gratitude to the Albarian family during the award ceremony, Karagyan said, “I will participate in the forthcoming Renaissance event and hope to leave an impression on the audience.”
The Student of the Year Scholarship, comprising a Certificate of Achievement and a monetary award equivalent to US $500, was established in 2009 by Argentinean-Armenian benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Hrair and Martha Albarian to encourage outstanding academic performance at the Komitas State Conservatory. Winners are selected by the benefactors, from a pool of candidates nominated by the prize committee of the conservatory. Past winners include violinist Mary Khojayan (2009), saxophonist David Melkonyan (2010), violinist Anna Margaryan (2011), vocalist Arsen Stepanyan (2012), cellist Hayk Sukiassyan (2013), and pianist Zhora Sargsyan (2014).
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