Constantine Orbelian: “Armenia is ready to share its cultural heritage with the whole world”
Pianist, conductor, director of Opera and Ballet National Academic Theater after Alexander Spendiaryan, chairman of the jury of piano competition at Malta International Music Festival.
“I am very happy that the Armenian Cultural Days were held in Malta, and I very much hope that cultural days will be organized and held in many other countries. Wherever the Armenian Cultural Days are held, this is a very good initiative. The more people know the history of Armenia, the unique musical heritage, films, everything that is done in the field of art in our small country, as well as positive things that the Armenian people created, the more our heritage will be recognizable all over the world. This is absolutely important and everyone needs this, the people who live in Malta need it as well.
There is an interesting history in relations between the Maltese and the Armenians … There is a well-known story about 4,000 Armenians from Smyrna who arrived in Malta in 1922 after the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. Subsequently, many of them left the island and found refuge in European countries. My Greek friend, whose ancestors also moved from Smyrna to Malta during these difficult days for Christians, is now in Malta to get acquainted with the country that helped her relatives.
When you start taking interest in history, chronicles, movies, you always find something new. Our people are so bright and talented, that I have recently discovered for myself unbelievable things. As you know, our most important export from Armenia is “brain” and culture, and we are ready to share our cultural heritage with the whole world.”