Armenia International Music Festival welcomes Japanese violinist Fumiaki Miura and conductor Conrad van Alphen – Panorama


The Armenia International Music Festival hosted violinist Fumiaki Miura and conductor Conrad van Alphen to perform Alexey Shor’s “The Four Seasons of Manhattan” for violin and orchestra and the suite “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra told on Friday.

In 2009, the Japanese violinist received the First Prize of the prestigious International Violin Competition Joseph Joachim Hannover, being the youngest winner in the history of the competition. Miura has collaborated with Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky, Maria João Pires, Jonathan Roozeman, Pinchas Zukerman and many other famous artists. He has also performed with a number of renowned orchestras led by renowned conductors.

It was Fumiaki Miura’s first appearance in Armenia. He shared a few emotions, saying that in the current age of internet and technology, he tries to stay true to the music that is most important to him. Fumiaki Miura gave a master class with Music for Future Cultural Foundation scholarship recipients within the framework of the classical music academy of the same title.

Speaking of his meeting with young Armenian musicians, the violinist called them wonderful young people. “Although we had a very short meeting, I enjoyed working with them and was happy to share some of my skills and recommendations with young talent. I wish them to continue working with their outstanding teachers, who play a huge role in the professional growth of young musicians, ”he noted.

Renowned conductor Conrad van Alphen said festivals always instill in him a festive spirit as musical fireworks showcase a multitude of artists and conductors performing various music. Speaking of the pieces performed at the concert night, he felt that Alexey Shor’s “Four Seasons of Manhattan” were very melodic and beautiful works, appreciated by the audience. He also spoke warmly of Tchaikovsky’s suite “Swan Lake” as one of the composer’s pieces full of romantic energy. “This music makes you see ballet dancers rushing through your mind,” said the conductor. This was Conrad van Alphen’s second performance with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. “It’s an open and warm orchestra and the musicians are very receptive and responsive to all my reactions,” he noted.

Live broadcasts of the concerts of the Armenia International Music Festival are available here.

The festival is organized by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the European Cultural Support Foundation. Since its launch in 2017, the annual festival has received support from the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia. The 5th festival of 2021 kicked off on September 29 and the closing concert will take place on October 29. The month-long festival is a wonderful opportunity for classical music enthusiasts to enjoy the rich repertoire of performances by famous artists from around the world.


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