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Filling the air with Jewish music with the spirit of an Armenian


The 10th “National Gallery” International Music Festival is full of surprises, and one of those surprises was the “Armenian-Jewish Music Crossroads” concert that was held today with special guest, composer Willy Weiner.

During the concert, pianist Hayk Melikyan shone with his performances of the works of Jewish composers.

Talking about his performance of the works of foreign composers, Hayk mentioned that the only difficulty with that is being able to feel the air of Jewish music and the Jewish folklore since there are some things that are only characteristic of the Jews. “It took a while for me to be able to perceive everything Jewish. It’s not only about the music, but other spheres of Jewish art and the history of the Jews,” the pianist mentioned, adding that giving a concert is always a celebration for him.

During the concert, Hayk performed the works of Willy Weiner, Ayal Adler, Amos Elcana and Benjamin Yusupov, filling the hall with the air of the Jews.

In the end, the festival’s creator Mariam Shahinyan added that she’s pleased with the fact that more and more young people have been participating in the festival throughout the past decade.

The festival was launched on May 7th and will end on June 3rd.

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