Nareh Arghamanyan: “It was very interesting to work with musicians of Malta Philharmonic Orchestra”
Nareh Arghamanyan, an Armenian pianist living in Austria, is laureate of 20 international competitions Malta hosted two concerts of pianist Nareh Arghamanyan during the Armenian Cultural Days. One was dedicated to modern Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian. Nareh performed with the musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Marcelline Agius, Nadia Debono and Peter Flanagan. During the second concert the pianist performed the works of Maltese composers Alexey Shor, Carl Fiorini and Joseph Vella.
According to Nareh Arghamanyan, the Armenian Cultural Days Malta were held at the highest level: “The organizers did a great job, and I want to thank the European Foundation for the Support of Culture. A great work was done, thanks to which the Maltese were able to get acquainted with the Armenian art. This was a kind of small presentation of Armenia, which, being a small country, has its place in the world art. I am overwhelmed by the feeling of joy and pride realizing that the works of Armenian composers are being promoted in Malta.”
She also noted that it was a great honor for her to play the works of contemporary Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.
“It was very interesting to collaborate with the musicians of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, they did their best to play Mansurian’s works in the best possible way. It seems that Tigran Mansurian left a huge musical heritage to the world. The task of Armenian musicians is to promote his music, and make it close to the European audience.”
According to the pianist, the Maltese audience was delighted with the works of Manusrian: “This is very important for me, since Mansourian is a great composer for me”.
It was very important for the pianist to perform the works of Maltese composers in Malta, she added.
“It was not the first time that I performed the works of Maltese composers. Last year I performed “Travel Notebook”, the work of the Maltese composer Alexey Shor. I was accompanied by the orchestra, it was a world premiere. “Travel Notebook” was first written for the piano, later - for the piano and orchestra. For me it is a great honor and a great responsibility to perform not the works of Armenian composers only, thereby spreading the Armenian culture in Malta, but to perform the works of the Maltese composer, thus becoming a part of the Maltese culture. I spare no effort so that the Maltese composers could find their place in the history of music, and therefore I perform the works of Alexey Shor, Carl Fiorini, Joseph Vella,” Nareh Arghamanyan said.
I am overwhelmed by the feeling of joy and pride realizing that the works of Armenian composers are being promoted in Malta.