The festival was founded in 2013. The State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia, under the initiative of an outstanding leader and chief conductor Sergey Smbatyan, hosts popular world-class artists in Yerevan every year, who expand the recognition of Aram Khachaturian’s music with their performances.
In the history of the annual festival, such world-famous artists as Sergey Khachatryan, Zakhar Bron, Maxim Vengerov, John Malkovich, Mayu Kishima, Ning Fang, Boris Berezovsky, Gloria Campaner, Gautier Capuçon, and others have performed Khachaturian’s compositions.
Khachaturian International Festival has been a member of the European Festivals Association (EFA) since November 2021.
The Khachaturian International Competition is an awaited and celebrated classical music event both locally and internationally. The competition was established on June 6, 2003, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, a giant pillar of the 20th century classical music for Armenia and the world. Launching every year on his birth date of June 6, the competition is designed to reveal young musical talents in several disciplines: piano, violin, cello, conducting (formerly including composition and vocal categories as well).
The Khachaturian International Competition became a member of Geneva-based World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) in 2013.
At the end of the competition, Aram Khachaturian Museum traditionally awards a special prize for the best interpretation of Maestro’s compositions.
Тhe founder: Aram Khachaturian Foundation, Marseille
The competition was was established in 1982, in the occasion of Aram Khachaturian’s 80th birthday anniversary and was held for several years. Composer Edward Mirzoyan and conductor Hovhannes Chekijian were also included in the honorary jury of the competition. The jury also included such outstanding world-famous musicians as French pianist Pierre Barbizet, trumpeter Maurice André and others.
Annual review-festival of young talents after Aram Khachaturian has been held since 1978. The initiative belongs to Yerevan Municipality. Since its foundation, it has been held on June 6, on the occasion of Maestro ‘s birthday anniversary, with the participation of young musicians from different music and art schools.
The purpose of the festival is to reveal the creative skills of gifted and talented children, to support the development of the Armenian composers’ school.