YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 7, ARMENPRESS: A jury of prominent musicians from the USA, Russia, South Korea, Great Britain and Ukraine awarded the Grand Prix of the 5-th international contest of conductors dedicated to Vakhtang Zhvania in Ukrainian Kharkiv to Armenian conductor Harutyun Arzumanian.
Harutyun Arzumanian who conducts the orchestra of the Armenian Ballet and Opera Theater was also awarded the prize established for best conductor of orchestra and won also a prize called ‘Audience Sympathy’. As the winner of the contest that ran from September 1 to September 6, Harutyun Arzumanian will conduct orchestras of USA, Korea, Russia, Ukraine and some other countries.
In an interview with Armenpress Harutyun Arzumanian said his victory came also as a surprise for contest organizers as it was the first participation of an Armenian conductor in this contest held once in two years. As part of the contest he had to conduct the orchestra that performed new work by a modern composer Alkneev for saxophone, percussions, choir and a soloist.
The contest was organized by James Art American company in an effort to select best conductors who later will perform on different stages. Out of 150 contenders only 33 from 21 countries managed to overcome the first round and 5 qualified for the final round.