The Aram Khachaturian International Competition is held in Yerevan from June 6 to June 14 every year starting from 2003. For the first time it was implemented within the framework of events, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of great composer. In 2013 the Khachaturian competition was elected as a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions becoming the only Armenian competition ever honored with such a privilege.
Initially the competition was aimed at identifying talented young musicians in three specialties – “Piano”, “Violin” and “Cello.” According to an unanimous decision of all the members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions, in 2016 the Aram Khachaturian International Competition was supplemented with another specialty - conducting. The same year Yerevan hosted the 60th General Assembly of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.
The project is being implemented thanks to joint efforts of RA Ministry of Culture, “Aram Khachaturian-competition” Cultural Foundation and Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. It is held under the high patronage of the Spouse of RA President Mrs. Rita Sargsyan, who is Honorary President of the Board of Trustees of the competition. The Board of Trustees includes such well-known figures as: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Reinhart von Gutzeit, Pavel Kogan, Elizbieta Penderecka, Alexander Sokolov, Alexander Tchaikovsky, Маrk Zilberquit, Constantine Orbelian and other significant persons. In 2008, during a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees a new President, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, composer, and RA honored artist Professor Armen Smbatyan was elected.
The geography of participants is very wide: it incorporates representatives from the CIS countries, U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Britain, China and other countries.
More than 10 years in a row the competition jury members have included such important musicians and artists, as Grigori Zhislin (UK), Jan Ter-Merkeryan (France), Zahar Bron (Germany), Vladimir Landsman (Canada), Jasper Perrot (UK), Rustem Ayrudinov (UK), Chun Pan (China), Boris Kushnir (Austria), Harald Herzl (Austria), Sergey Kravchenko (Russia), Lucy Ishkhanian (USA), Alexander Sokolov (Russia), Svetlana Navasardian (Armenia), and others. A list of these names guarantees justice and determines the status and high level of the competition.
“Aram Khachaturian – Competition” Cultural Foundation
In 2003 the whole music world was celebrating the 100th anniversary of great Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian. It was planned that the anniversary year would to be full of cultural events, implemented both in Armenia and abroad. In this regard the “Aram Khachaturian – 100” Foundation had been established by the Government of the Republic of Armenia to fulfill such a large project and supervise the entire process of its implementation. Within the framework of the above mentioned events, the first Aram Khachaturian International Competition was held. It was aimed at identifying talented young musicians in three specialties – “Piano”, “Violin” and “Cello.” Taking into consideration many positive reviews, later on it was decided to hold the competiton annually. This decision resulted a need for a special institute responsible for all matters related to the event. So, in 2004, the “Aram Khachaturian – 100” Foundation was renamed and the new one, the “Aram Khachaturian – Competition” Foundation jointly with RA Ministry of Culture and Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory started implementation of the Aram Khachaturian International Competition.
There are no vacancies at this moment.
Staff and volunteering
Aram Khachaturian International Competition invites all interested parties to do volunteer work with the organizing team of the Competition.
• Higher education (students are also encouraged to apply)
• Excellent knowledge of at least one foreign language
• Communication skills, sense of responsibility and discipline
• Ability to work under pressure
Anna Ter-HovakimyanExecutive Director
Lilit MatsakyanJury & Guest Manager Participant Coordinator
Sargis BalbabyanArtistic Manager
Felix BaburyanEvent Manager