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The sweet tunes of Armenian duduk and zurna (wind instruments) kept 2500 spectators enchanted for 45 minutes in the music hall of Essen city of Germany October 27.

The hero of the occasion was the 74 year-old Armenian maestro Jivan Gasparian, who was baptized as fantastic artist, live legend and modern virtuoso by the men of art who attended the WOMEX-2002 musical exhibition held in the German city. On the last day of the exhibition, October 27, the Armenian musician was awarded with an honorary prize for his contribution to the worlds’ musical values. ‘I have received many awards during my life, but this one is the most memorable one for me. On October 12 I celebrated my 74-th birthday anniversary in Yerevan and on the same day I learnt that I was invited to the expo to receive the award. Thank you all very much’,- said Gasparian kissing the prize- a duplicate of a 6000 year-old wooden sculpture of a maternity goddess.

Jivan Gasparian, together with two assistants, played classical and Armenian national tunes on duduk and zurna for 45 minutes, which was followed by a storm of applause, bravos, and attack of congratulations and autograph-hunters.

The performance of notable Armenian musician was attended by 1800 spectators from over 80 counties of the world, 200 reporters and around 400 men of art. The musical exhibition WOMEX-2002 included 47 concerts and 36 conferences on different musical themes. By the way the participants of the exhibition do not receive any prizes for the performances are held on non-competitive basis.

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