The Closing Ceremony of the 2nd Aram Khachaturian International Festival is dedicated to the 135th anniversary of Aram Manukian, the founder of the First Republic of Armenia and held at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall.
Headed by artistic director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will perform jointly with the National State Academic Choir of Armenia and the world-renowned musicians Mayu Kishima (violin/Japan) the winner of the International Henryk Wieniawski violin competition and Grammy award-winner Maria Domashenko (mezzo-soprano/Russia).
- Violin Concerto
- Soloist: Mayu Kishima (violin/Japan)
- Symphony No.3 (Symphony-Poem)
- Ode to Joy for mezzo-sopra¬no, harp ensemble, violin en¬semble, choir and orchestra
- Soloist: Maria Domashenko (mezzo-soprano/Russia)
- The National State Academic Choir of Armenia (Artistic Director and Chief Conductor: Ohannes Tchekidjian)
- Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan
History of the event
First held in 2013 on the initiative of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (the official orchestra of the Aram Khachaturian International Competition) and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA.
The Festival has attracted top musicians from all over the world including Vladimir Spivakov, Zakhar Bron, Alexander Romanovsky, Ning Feng and Sergey Khachatryan.
Mayu Kishima - Violin
Mayu Kishima has won many prizes in competitions both in Japan and abroad. In 2000 she caused a stir in the music world by taking top honours at the age of 13 at the 8th Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists.
In 2008, Kishima released her solo album Chaconne and followed on her first solo album Rise featuring Sonata No. 1 by Faure. She has performed Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in 2011 with the Prague Symphony Orchestra in Prague and in 2012 with the Kansai Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras, receiving the acclaim of both the orchestras and audience.
She has been taught by Izumi Hayashi, Kazuyo Togami, Toshiya Eto and Dorothy DeLay.
Marina Domashenko - mezzo soprano
Marina Domashenko has studied at the Kemerovo Institute of Arts and the Urals State Conservatory (class of opera singing). She won first prize at the International A. Dvořák Singing Competition (1997) and the First International G. Masini Singing Competition (1999). In 2006 she was awarded the Grammy for best opera recording. Since her European debut in 1998, Domashenko has performed in Italy, USA, Japan, France, Austria, England, Germany, and many other countries.
Her discography includes: Prokofiev’s “Hamlet” and “Boris Godunov”, Tchaikovsky’s duets CD; Khachaturian’s Centennial Album of the cantata “Ode of Joy” and Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky”