12 Year Old Musician Gets ‘Musician of Peace’ Award

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The "Musician of Peace" diploma was issued to 12-year-old cellist from Armenia Tigran Mouradian for his participation in the "Music for Peace" concert held in Paris on November 14 as part of UNESCO’s last conference of this century.

Participating in the concert were musicians from many conflicting countries including Armenia–Azerbaijan–Croatia–Bosnia–Serbia–Greece–Turkey–Russia–Chechnya–Ecuador–Peru–Israel–Palestine and more. An international trio consisting of Mouradian–Yuliya Kazantseva (14–Russia) and Kudryat Amragov (11–Azerbaijan) performed Schubert’s "Nocturne." Zubin Meta of Israel conducted the orchestra of the Moscow conservatory.

"The ‘Music for Peace’ marks the end of the second millennium and the beginning of the third–and it is not only a great event in UNESCO’s life in this millennium–but also an appeal to the people around the globe," the musicians’ appeal says.

Attending the concert were presidents of different countries–about 700 ministers and ambassadors from 170 countries–and Nobel Prize winners. All the musicians ceded their television rights for the expenses on this action to be covered and schools on the Balkans to be financed.

All the participants in the concert received a bronze baton upon which there are great performers’ fingerprints symbolizing the second millennium and the fingerprints of the children symbolizing the third millennium will be left upon it. The baton was modeled by the sculptor Igor Ustinov–the son of Peter Ustinov.

The "Music for peace for UNESCO" concert was organized by the UNESCO representative Lean Daviko jointly with the Moscow Chaikovsky conservatory and Ino Markovich of Switzerland.

Mouradian attends the classes of Armen Mesropian at the Central Music School. Since 1997–he has given concerts in Armenia–France–Syria–Lebanon–Switzerland–Greece–US and Russia with the sponsorship of the New Names benevolent organization. Mouradian is a prize-winner of different international festivals and a grant-holder of the Avet Terterian Fund.

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