Choir

Founded by Harutyun Topikyan, Yerevan Chamber Choir has gained its unique place at the Armenian music community being recognised as a distinguished performing ensemble of Armenia. In 1996 Maestro Harutyun Topikyan, under the patronage of Catholicos Garegin I, successfully founded the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, the primary mission of which is to record and perform the entire choral heritage of Komitas. Later, until 2004 Choir continued its activities thanks to the patronage of Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II. In 2009 it received state status and was renamed Yerevan State Chamber Choir (YSCC).

The first tours of the Yerevan Chamber Choir started from the International Music Festival in Ravenna, Italy (1997).

Within the frameworks of “Armenian Cultural Days in Germany”, The Choir brilliantly presented Komitas’s restored liturgy as well as new pieces by T. Mansuryan in Bonn, Halle, Wittenberg and Magdeburg then in Syria and Lebanon (1998).

In 1999 Yerevan State Chamber Choir presented the premiere of composer Tigran Mansuryan's "Ars Poetica" concerto and records an album.

At the International Music Festival in Bergen (1999, Norway) world-famous musicians – violist Kim Kashkashian and saxophonist Jan Garbarek had performances together with Choir. Then the ensemble took part in the 30th Music Festival in Halle (2000, Germany). In the same year at the 3rd “Annual Armenian Music Awards” in Glendale (USA) the CD "Songs by Komitas Vardapet" which was recorded by Choir was granted the “Best Traditional Album award”. 

A number of successful concerts were held in both Armenia and Germany together with the ensemble of "Frankfurter Kantorei" led by Winfried Toll (2000 – 2002). 

At the festival titled "The Palaces of St. Petersburg" (2003) Choir was honoured to perform the new hymn of the city. Then various concerts were held at the International festivals such as “Benjamin Britten” (2003, Armenia), "Hallische Musiktage" (2005, Halle, Germany) and the "Festival d'Ile de France" (2006, Etampes, France).

By the invitation of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, Armenian music was performed by Choir on the stages of Aleppo, Lathakia and Damascus (2007). 

Choir took part in Yerevan – Moscow – Shushi –Bethlehem TV-marathon (2008).

On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of Komitas’s birth, Choir presented almost all the choral masterpieces by the Great Master both in the capital and in the regions of Armenia (2009). 

At the festival named "50th Musica Sacra Virgo Lauretana" (2010, Loreto, Italy), the YSCC was honoured to perform the heritage of Komitas, and it was live broadcasted on TV in more than 50 countries. This ensemble was the first to perform the "Berlin Liturgy" by Komitas (2012), the “1st polyphonic liturgy” by Kara-Murza (2013) and the “Liturgy by Mchitariants" (2014).

In 2015 One of the remarkable collaborations of Choir is “Luys I Luso” (Light from the Light) project with the outstanding pianist Tigran Hamasyan. It was implemented within the frames of events dedicated to the 100th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. An album that consists of sacred religious music by Mesrop Mashtots, Grigor Narekatsi and Anania Shirakatsi was recorded, with a unique interpretation of the pianist for piano and choir. (2014, “ECM Records”). T. Hamasyan and the Choir had long-term tours across Europe and in the cities of Turkey and Georgia. In the same year Choir was invited for the 5th time to “The Moscow Easter Festival” founded by Valery Gergiev (2004 – 2015). 

In 2016 on the occasion of the 20th-anniversary of Choir, many congratulations were received from famous international festivals, as well as state awards and certificates were granted in recognition of Choir's efforts and contribution of many years to the world choral music culture.

Yerevan State Chamber Choir performed a number of works by contemporary Armenian composers for the first time at the "Armenian Contemporary Music Festival", initiated by Composers Union of Armenia. In the autumn of the same year, Choir had a chance to perform some works at "Sharakan" festival, which aims at the preservation and the promotion of the rich heritage of Armenian spiritual music.

  In collaboration with Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra and with three prominent Russian choirs the YSCC participated in the opening ceremony of the first Armenian-Russian choral congress (2017). In the same year within the frames of “Art Stop” program of the National Chamber Music Center, the YSCC had concerts in Stepanakert and Kajaran. 

Throughout 2017, along with numerous concerts, recordings and tours the YSCC under the direction of maestro Topikyan, was working hard on the record of the album of “Choral Pieces By Willy Weiner”. The premiere of the new program "Willy Weiner and Friends" was held in February 2018.

In 2018 Choir, together with Tigran Hamasyan, presented the “Luys i Luso” project within the framework of the “Caucasus International Folklore Festival”, performing in the Elbphilarmonie (Germany, Hamburg) concert hall. The same program was successfully presented in the world-famous Het Concertgebouw concert hall (Netherlands, Amsterdam).

2019 was marked by the 150th anniversary of Komitas Vardapet. The programs of the Yerevan State Chamber Choir aimed at presenting the 

Komitas’s music to the maximum extent throughout the year, a seven concert series entitled "Komitas and Us" were planned, where more than 220 songs by Vardapet would be presented. During the jubilee concerts, works by contemporary Armenian composers were performed alongside Komitas. The choirs of Ed. Hovhannisyan, T. Mansuryan, Y. Erkanyan, A. Harutyunyan, Ed. Mirzoyan, K. Petrosyan, M. Vardazaryan, R. Amirkhanyan, V. Weiner, as well as young modern composers, were received with great enthusiasm.

In November 2019 YSCC took part in a big concert in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) within the framework of "Armenian Cultural Days" festival in the context of "Komitas-150" program.

Today, the ensemble has 16 albums in its discography.

Sargis Minasyan

Born on 1993 in Abovyan, Armenia.

Sophia Andreasian

“Joining the Choir, you learn kindness, willingness, and desire to listen to others, much than before.

Makrouhi Khachatryan

"Newly graduated soloist, joining the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, I had no perception on issues and work waiting for me, the essentials and nuances of singing in a choir.

Lusine Vardanyan

“It is precious for me to work with Harutyun Topikyan. The choir is a family were Maestro is delegated with father`s role. Especially thanks to him, I renewed and discovered deepness of Komitas' music.

Nelly Kalashyan-Vardanyan

“Singing in a choir tempers educates and gives an opportunity to grow as a musician.

Nelly Gasparyan

“Each rehearsal is like a lesson, an opportunity to join with the colour palette, merging others shades, working for the perfection and converting an intangible into tangible.

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