Take part in the creation of a great ephemeral international orchestra: THE ARMENIAN WORLD ORCHESTRA, directed by Alain Altinoglu.
The Armenian General Benevolent Union, nonprofit-making organization created in 1906, would like to invite as many people as possible to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide and pay tribute to the victims by honoring their memory with music : One Hundred Years of Memory a concert for life...
In April 2015, in the heart of Paris, at the "Théâtre du Châtelet", fifty musicians from leading international orchestras have volunteered to form the Armenian World Orchestra during a unique concert, accompanied by the Gulbenkian Foundation’s Choir, headed by Alain Altinoglu and with an original creation of Michel Petrossian. Music, universal and timeless, is able to bring together people beyond the conflicts tearing them.
For the commemoration to be complete, we still have to fund a part of the travel fees for the fifty renowned and voluntary musicians from several countries around the world. These fees were calculated around 300 euros on average per artist.
By participating in this project you all become players of an exceptional show carrying a message of brotherhood and hope. Your donation is essential, it allows all fifty voluntary musicians to come to Paris and to take part of the adventure.
All 300 euros, a new musician will be revealed, until the entire Armenian World Orchestra is complete.
Thanks to your donations, the constitution of the orchestra becomes possible!
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Alain Altinoglu: The Conductor of the Armenian World Orchestra
© photographie Fred Toulet
Find a video interview with the great Conductor for the Figaro, here: http://bcove.me/vtvlgo8b
Alain Altinoglu studied at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris where he taught for ten years as a teacher of the vocal ensemble class. Alain Altinoglu is now one of the most requested conductors of his generation. He quickly established himself at the head of the major international orchestras and opera productions in the most prestigious houses.
He leaded the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Orchestra of France, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Orchestre of Paris, the Fenice Orchestra ...
His lyrical projects also leaded him in major opera houses: Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Opera, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper, Chorégies of Orange, d'Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Also passionate about French melody and German lied, Altinoglu successfully built disc projects with the mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch. His discography includes the melodies by Duparc and Ravel in parallel with recordings of operas (the last day of Seneca by Eric Tanguy) and instrumental works (3rd Symphony by Gorecki).
Michel Petrossian: the composer, Great Prize of Composition for the International Competition Queen Elisabeth Award in 2012
After studying cello and guitar, Michel Petrossian studied harmony, counterpoint, analysis, orchestration and composition at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris. In its first year of study, he receives requests and orders. He was invited to various festivals (Prague, Gothenburg, London ...) and composes music for large institutions such as the City of Music, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne de Montréal, the Royaumont Fondation, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia …
The Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of France awarded him with the Prize Veuve Buchère. After this course, he devoted himself to in-depth study of ancient civilizations and languages. He is particularly interested in the music of the ancient Middle East, which is one of the sources of his inspiration. He undertakes a synthesis of his dual musical and philological competence to articulate a new vocal writing. In 2012, he won the Grand Prize at the International Composition Competition Queen Elisabeth with his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra "In the Wake of Ea."
Why AGBU called on Michel Petrossian?
Appealing to musical creation for the Concert of the centenary was a particularly ambitious choice, but necessary.
It was an evidence to call a recognized composer of our time, Michel Petrossian, Winner of the International Composition Competition Queen Elisabeth in 2012 . In this universal language that is music, emerges a style, writing, specific to the composer, transmitting almost by definition, a cultural cradle. Michel Petrossian, composer, lead us in the remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the genocide in a Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello, Orchestra and Choir in the world premiere.
We aim to assure the continuity of culture, despite the events that have hit the Armenian people, sharing in the evening an exceptional work, an outstanding composer.