MIRZOYAN | SCHUBERT
ARAM ASATRYAN | violin I
SONA AZARYAN | violin II
ARMEN TOROSYAN | viola
VAHAN GRIGORYAN | cello
Baabdath | St. Anthony of Padua Church | 8 pm
EDVARD MIRZOYAN (1921 – 2012)
‘Shushanik’ (arragement by Vache Sharafyan for Mirzoyan Quartet)
Theme and Variations in D Major
Adagio espressivo (Main theme)
Variation 1: Allegro agitato
Variation 2: Andante cantabile
Variation 3: Vivace risoluto
Variation 4: Grave
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (Death and the Maiden)
Andante con moto
Scherzo: Allegro molto
The idea of creating a string quartet of soloists to be named after the famous Armenian composer Edvard Mirzoyan germinated for a long time and emerged as a result of the close cooperation between Aram Asatryan, Sona Azaryan, Armen Torosyan and Vahan Grigoryan. Mirzoyan quartet members perform together since 1993.
ARAM ASATRYAN | VIOLIN 1
Aram Asatryan (Violin I) was born in Armenia in 1970 and is a founding member and first violin of the Armenian Serenade Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster at the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. Aram Asatryan studied at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas. He performs with the Symphony Orchestra of India and as a soloist at the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Aram Asatryan teaches violin and chamber music at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas and is a laureate of national and international competitions. He is a co-founder of “Mirzoyan Quartet”. Aram Asatryan plays a Joseph Guarneri violin 1732.
SONA AZARIAN | VIOLIN 2
Sona Azaryan (Violin II) was born in Armenia in 1980 and is an artist and creator of the Quartet of soloists at the “New Russia” State Symphony Orchestra and a permanent member of the Moscow Philharmonic concert orchestra as well as a participant to many other Russian festivals of chamber music. Sona Azaryan studied at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas and attended master classes with world-renowned violinists. She is a laureate of national and international competitions, performed with the National Chamber orchestra of Armenia, “Serenade” and “Armenian Virtuosi” chamber orchestras. Sona Azaryan is a co-founder of “Mirzoyan Quartet”. She is the President of “Menq enq” a charitable social foundation, a freelance journalist and plays a Joseph Klotz violin 1794.
ARMEN TOROSYAN | VIOLA
Armen Torosyan was born 1979 and studied at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas. He performed with “Altunyan string quartet”,” Nairi” quartet and is an artist of the Armenian State Symphony orchestra. He is also a laureate of national and international competitions and a co-founder of “Mirzoyan Quartet”. Armen Torosyan plays a Shahen Yeritsyan viola 1965.
VAHAN GRIGORYAN | CELLO
Vahan Grigoryan was born in 1973 and studied at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas. He performed with the National Chamber orchestra of Armenia ,”Serenade” chamber orchestra, and is currently and artist of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Laureate of national and international competitions, Vahan Grigoryan is a co-founder of “Mirzoyan Quartet” and plays a Georgius Thir cello 1818.