Hamazkayin to Stage ‘Music From Armenia’ for Cello and Piano


Music from Armenia

The Hamazkayin Music Committee members would like to urge you not miss a unique, exquisite concert they are presenting called “Music from Armenia”. Dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, it will take place on Sunday, March 15 at 6:30 pm, at the Glendale Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Louise St., Glendale.

As Armenian communities around the world continue to seek healing and reparation for their tragedy and losses, this event is yet another way to comfort our souls and strengthen our spirit.

Candian duo pianist Patil Harboyan and cellist Heather Tuach

The Canadian duo of pianist Patil Harboyan and cellist Heather Tuach will perform works by Armenian composers Alexander Arutiunian, Arno Babajanian, Haro Stepanian and Komitas. The works to be presented in the program are recorded in their CD, recently released by Divine Art Records in England, and is called “MUSIC FROM ARMENIA”. This publication received great reviews and generated wonderful enthusiasm amongst both Armenian and non-Armenian musical societies. It helped the acknowledgement and the showcasing of great Armenian music.

Recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts grants and a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Patil Harboyan was awarded first prizes at the Margo Babikian Piano competition, the Armenian Allied Arts Association and also won recognition at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival in California. In 2004, she won first prize at the Trois-Rivières Symphony Competition, along with the Radio-Canada Prize.

Harboyan attended the prestigious R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and was a recipient of a Philiban Scholarship. She holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Stonybrook University, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish on a full scholarship. Her previous teachers include Richard Raymond, Marc Durand and Jean Saulnier.

The duo in performance

Patil Harboyan has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout North America. An avid chamber musician, she has had extensive coachings with members of the Emerson Quartet, Colin Carr, Ani Kavafian, Antonio Lysy and Pamela Frank. She is a founding member of the Ararat Trio, which had its debut appearance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, in 2007.

Parallel to her performing career, Patil is also an active pedagogue. She teaches in her private studio and was on the Piano Faculty at the Schulich School of Music (McGill University) between 2010 and 2013.

Canadian cellist Heather Tuach is a member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. With the FSQ she has performed at Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, on BBC Radio 3, and has toured worldwide. The FSQ has residencies at University of St Andrews, Cambridge University and Bucknell University.

As well as her collaboration with Patil Harboyan, Heather also plays in the Roskell Piano Trio and is artistic director of Wintertide Music Festival in Newfoundland. She appeared as a soloist at Kings Place in 2014 and previously at the Ryedale Festival, in Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 2 with the Academy of St. Olave’s Orchestra, and in Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 with the Newfoundland Symphony.

Heather completed a Doctorate of Music at Stony Brook University (New York) in 2009. Prior to that, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland), McGill University (Montréal) and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Heather’s cello was made by made by Yorkshire luthier Roger Hansell.

Please support these wonderfully talented artists and enjoy the music they will so elegantly present by attending this concert and by sharing the information with your friends and family. Tickets are $35 and $25 and can be purchased at itsmyseat.com, or by calling 818-846-5619, 818-538-491. Tickets are also available at Abril, Sardarabad, and Berj bookstores.


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