Concert [https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=432921740974444]dedicated to the 90th
anniversary of the great Armenian composer Avet Terteryan took place in the
House of the Blackheads, Tallinn, on November 25. The concert was organized by
Embassy of Armenia to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
The event was attended by high-ranking officials of the Estonian legislative and
executive branches as well as other state agencies, ambassadors accredited in
Estonia, members of the diplomatic corps, public and political figures and
members of the Armenian community.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Tigran Mkrtchyan said: "Today we meet again
at a chamber music concert organized by our embassy to mark the 90th Anniversary
of the great Armenian composer Avet Terterian.
It is truly hard to describe Terterian in a few words. He was someone who saw in
his parents’ Baku home Prokofiev when he was very young, and then when he was an
accomplished composer Dmitri Shostakovich was very generous in pouring praise on
him. Terterian, as any talented composer of any period, had several phases of
development. Here during this concert, we will be presenting some of his
romances, songs written in his early career along with other Armenian and Baltic
works for piano and voice.
But definitely his symphonies are what made him more famous worldwide. He was a
composer of avant-garde music, in which elements of national and spiritual
melodies were merged. This is an exceptional combination featuring the
complexity and uniqueness of Terterian’ style. Rarely those elements are
presented in one. Armenian national instruments, including duduk and zurna, are
used in his symphonies. His cosmic music exceeds all space and does not
recognize any limits. It leaves the individual alone with or along with God.
This year Armenians all around the world have been celebrating the 150th
Anniversaries of great Armenian priest and composer Komitas as well as
writer-poet Hovhannes Tumanyan. In Estonia, we did organize a very big concert
together with Gurdjieff Ensemble in February and then in September in Arvo Part
Center with the Estonian State Male Choir marking the 150th Anniversary of
Komitas. Moreover next May we plan to have another landmark Komitas concert with
the Estonian State Male Choir, which will perform the full concert version of
the Armenian Liturgy of Komitas.As for Hovhannes Tumanyan, his stories have been
translated into Estonian, but we will most probably have them published and
presented next year here.
I believe that even these two great anniversaries should not overshadow Avet
Terterian’s Anniversary and this event tonight is aimed at making sure
Terterian’s important place in the Armenian culture. Therefore, we invited two
great individuals from Armenia. Armine Grigoryan is the director of Aram
Khachaturian Museum in Yerevan and a member of Khachaturian Trio. We plan to
have another concert in February along with their Trio here in Tallinn. For the
Yerevan Opera solo singer Siranush Gasparian this is the first concert in
Estonia and I am proud that the Embassy is the initiator of our talented opera
singer’s debut here.
I would like to thank Ter Khosrov Stepanyan, the representative of the Armenian
Apostolic Church in the Baltic countries for supporting the realization of
today’s concert. I would like to thank Razmik Ivanjan, the head of the
Armenian-Estonian Society for standing by the Embassy in facilitating the
organization of this beautiful event tonight".