Pianist Roman Namalyan receives Hrair and Martha Albarian prizeRoman Namalyan, a second-year student at the piano department of Yerevan’s Komitas State Conservatory, has been awarded the Hrair and Martha Albarian Prize. Consisting of a Certificate of Achievement and a monetary award equivalent to US $500, the prize was presented to the gifted musician during a ceremony on May 3 at the executive office of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in Yerevan.
Namalyan has participated in many international music competitions. He proudly remembers one held in Turkey in 2014, at which he won first prize.
At the award ceremony in Yerevan, Namalyan said, “As I’m passionate about music and look forward to continuing my studies, I thank Mr. and Mrs. Albarian for helping me pay my tuition.” Namalyan added that he is currently preparing for an international competition that will be held in September this year, and hopes to bring home a top prize.
Past recipients of the Hrair and Martha Albarian Prize include violinist Mary Khojayan (2009), saxophonist David Melkonyan (2010), violinist Anna Margaryan (2011), vocalist Arsen Stepanyan (2012), cellist Hayk Sukiassyan (2013), pianist Zhora Sargsyan (2014), and French horn player Armen Karagyan (2015).
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