Supreme Court Rejects Loris Tchknavorian?s Grievance

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Supreme Court having considered a grievance lodged by the Manager of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra Loris Tchknavorian ruled not to alter a decision by the Spandarian Public Court–reinstating all five musicians fired from the orchestra on orders of Tchknavorian.

Despite the Court’s verdict–musicians still have strong doubts that Tchknavorian will allow them to work with the orchestra. In late April–after a court verdict–Tchknavorian signed a decree reinstating musicians and paying them a lump sum. However–musicians allege that Tchknavorian drove them out of a rehearsal–crying out threats and bad words.

Deputy Orchestra Manager Robert Mirzoyan said in connection with the above incident that as Orchestra Manager Tchknavorian has the right to decide the issue of participation of any musicians in any performance on its own.

Last week five musicians of the orchestra requested the Prosecutor’s Office of Yerevan to conduct a checkup of orchestra administration’s financial accounts.

The statement signed by musicians suggests that in 1990 the orchestra managed by Tchknavorian recorded multiple CD’s on orders of foreign records companies. Musicians say that records were not done for free–although none of the musicians got any extra salary for that.

A musician from the orchestra said that the checkup would be conducted by the Culture Ministry of Armenia. Culture Minister’s Secretary told that the Minister had not been informed about that.

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