YerazArt to Host Benefit Concert Oct. 4

14-year-old Diana Adamyan

BELMONT, Mass.—On October 2, Diana Adamyan, 14 -year-old violin prodigy from Armenia, will be performing as the featured “Young Artist” at the prestigious National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Annual Gala in Ottawa (Canada), where reigning violin virtuoso, Itzhak Perlman will also be in attendance. Diana was invited to perform by the renowned Maestro Pinchas Zukerman, Musical Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, after she attended the 16th Annual National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute, Young Artists Program in June, on a full scholarship. The summer program included 70 other gifted students, who were chosen through a highly competitive selection process.

Zukerman initially met Diana in Armenia, at a master class arranged by the YerazArt Foundation, where upon hearing her play, he invited her to join his highly selective summer program in Ottawa. Adamyan is also the 2012 winner of the Silver Nutcracker Award, at the prestigious Nutcracker International TV contest for Young Musicians, annually held in Moscow. In 2013, she performed to a mesmerized audience at the YerazArt Foundation’s Annual Dinner Reception and Benefit Concert in Massachusetts.

Since its inception almost a decade ago, YerazArt has been identifying young talented musicians from Armenia and assisting them with reaching their full artistic potential. YerazArt programs include professional development activities such as master classes and facilitating participation at international competitions. Through its Advisory Board, young Armenian musicians also gain access to an extensive support network of music professionals and academia, in Armenia and abroad. This network provides students with mentoring, career counseling, and admission opportunities to the best music programs worldwide. Over the last few years, YerazArt has added a successful instrument donation program to its activities, with a primary focus on disciplines that are in danger of extinction such as the oboe and horns.

“We are thrilled for Diana and this huge opportunity on her path to musical excellence! Armenia has a wealth of musical talent and there are many organizations dedicated to showcasing our star performers on the world stage. The unique value YerazArt offers is our focus on identifying undiscovered talent, and creating opportunities for them to ensure they reach their full potential,” said Nicole Babikian Hajjar, Chair of the YerazArt Foundation.

YerazArt will be hosting its 2014 Annual Dinner Reception and Benefit Concert on October 4th in Belmont, Mass. The event is intended to raise much needed funds for the organization’s instrument donation program and other educational initiatives in Armenia. This year’s guest artists are soprano Mane Galoyan and classical guitarist Lilit Mardiyan.

Soprano Mane Galoyan performed at the Houston Grand Opera Studio by invitation this summer. She was a prize winner at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition earlier in the year. Galoyan was the winner at the International Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Saint-Petersburg in 2013. She was also one of the participants in the YerazArt-sponsored North American concert tour of 2009.

Classical guitarist Lilit Mardiyan is currently pursuing her Master of Music studies on a full scholarship at the Yale School of Music. A former student at Yerevan State Conservatory and USC Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles), Mardiyan has garnered multiple awards and performed extensively in Russia, Armenia, Greece, Germany and the United States.

For tickets and information about the YerazArt Foundation event, please contact yerazart@gmail.com.

For more information about the Yerazart Foundation, visit yerazart.org.

More information about the National Arts Centre Orchestra can be found at their website.

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