The National Chamber Choir of Armenia has been founded thanks to the sponsorship of “Vache & Tamar Manoukian” Benevolent Association, later it has been renamed into the National Chamber Choir of Armenia of the Ministry of Culture. The group has toured to England, Italy, Russia, France, Switzerland and other countries. In 2007 the Choir has performed in the European Union's Concert Hall in Strasbourg. The Choir’s repertoire includes works of European and Russian composers. It is a dedicated performer of works of the Armenian composers. The National Chamber Choir of Armenian has released a number of CDs, among them the recording of T.Mansurian’s Choir Concerto "ARS POETICA" on the famous ECM Records label. The Choir has participated in many prestigious international festivals.
ACC was established in October 2000, under the sponsorship of “Vatche and Tamar Manoukian” Benevolent Association. The Artistic Director and General Conductor of ACC is Robert Mlkeyan.
In 2001, the choir appeared with concerts in London for 3 times. In 2006, it took part in the International Festival of Modern Music in Bergamo, Italy. Same year, the choir appeared with concerts in the “White Hall” and Yekaterina's Palace in Saint Petersburg, thus summing up the Year of Armenian Culture in Russia. In 2007, the choir appeared with an exclusive concert in European Union's Concert Hall in Strasbourg.
The choir performed with guest tours in London, Paris, Geneva, Tbilisi, Goris, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Bergamo, Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Dresden.
In 2009, on the occasion of the 140th birthday anniversary of Komitas, the choir conducted successful concert-master classes in France and Switzerland.
In 2015, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide, the choir performed in Switzerland (Central Cathedral in Zurich), Lebanon, Argentina, Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki).
The choir performed in reputable concert halls such as St. Louis Cathedral, Salle Gaveau (Paris), White Hall, Smolny Cathedral, Glazunov Hall (Saint Petersburg), the EU Hall “Salle Schwietzer at the Palais de la Musique et des Congres” (Strasbourg), Teatro Donizetti Opera House (Bergamo), Frauenkirche Church (Dresden), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Megaron Concert Hall (Athens).
One of the greatest achievements of the chamber choir is world famous ECM Records’ release in 2006 of «ARS POETICA» CD of choral concert written by Tigran Mansourian on the basis of Yeghishe Charent's 10 poems. In 2006, the CD received the highest rate of five stars by the World Music Council. The full information on the CD is placed in “The Gramophone” prestigious music catalogue.
The multi-genre repertoire of the choir includes multiple choral and vocal-symphonic works of the world-known composers, dating back to the medieval period, as well as contemporary ones. The choir also appeared with numerous debut performances in Armenia.
Propagating the works of the Armenian composers is an important mission of the ACC. They brilliantly perform works by Komitas, as well as modern Armenian composers. The choir appeared with world premieres of works by Tigran Mansourian, David Halajian, Yervand Yerkanian, Edward Hayrapetian and many others.
In addition to the frequent concerts in Yerevan, ACC implements charity projects by performing in educational institutions and regions of Armenia, thus introducing the choral culture and reaching out to a wider audience of Armenia.
The Choir exists thanks to Our General Sponsor
Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Benevolent Association
We are thankful also to the following organisations ever contributing to our activities:
RA Ministry of Culture
RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Armenia Travel +M
ARMENIA TREE PROJECT
ACBA – CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK
Grant Thornton Amyot
HAYASTAN All Armenian Fund
Nina Hovnanian’s Armenian Treasures
Maestro Mlkeyan is an Honored Artist of Armenia, “Movses Khorenatsi” medal recipient, as well as Armenia’s 2nd degree medal recipient for the services provided to his motherland.
He was born in Yerevan, in 1961.
He received his primary music education in the Music School after Mirzoyan, class of violin. He then studied in Saint Petersburg, class of symphonic and choral conductor. He continued his graduate studies in the class of Emin Khachatryan, as his assistant trainee.
In 1984-1986, he was conductor of students’ choir of Komitas State Conservatory’s composition and music theory depa ...
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