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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Alexey Shor - Discovery of the Festival
Alexey Shor - Discovery of the Festival
The headlines of the “Armenia” International Festival and Competition were contemporary composer Alexey Shor and his compositions.

In 2017/2018 he is the composer-in-residence of Malta International Piano Festival and Competition and eleven other competitions, including the “Armenia”.

For about 10 days Armenian audience and connoisseurs of classical music who arrived in Armenia enjoyed the best compositions by Alexey Shor at different
concert halls both within the framework of the festival and the competition.

Armenian audience has learnt about the Maltese composer due to the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Headed by the Artistic Director and Principal
Conductor Sergey Smbatyan the orchestra has performed “Verdiana”, an overture to the “Crystal Palace” ballet and other compositions by Shor.The overture was a world premiere, while the whole ballet is being presented for the first time on July 21 in Malta. Shor surprises the audiences and critics with his
commitment to long-established harmony, romantic emotionality and distinguished taste. His style is apparently simple, yet demanding and requires a strong personality and infinite devotion.

Shor’s compositions are being performed around the world by such orchestras as the Malta Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony
Orchestra, Viva Musica, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Bucharest Philharmonic, the Slovak Sinfonietta, etc and by world known soloists at prestigious festivals.
Alexey Shor is a wonderful contemporary composer. His composing style is similar to Rachmaninoff, Chopin. It was a great pleasure to present the world premiere of the composition by Alexey Shor. I hope that I will have another chance to present more compositions by Shor in Armenia” –Nareh Arghamanyan noted. The peak of the festival was the concert of Maxim
Vengerov. The world famous violinist and the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, presented a beautiful composition -
“Lonely Sail” for Violin and Orchestra by Alexey Shor. Referring to the composition, Vengerov noted: ” Superb music, very melodic. I think the audience will enjoy it!”. The new rising talents – pianists, participating in the “Armenia” piano competition performed fragments of “Childhood memories” by Shor with their own interpretations. The audience welcomed all the compositions by Alexey Shor warmly and with great inspriation. This was the evidence of a great
success! The composer confessed that he was proud that such famous musicians performed his compositions.


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