Few believed that one of the best musical instruments in the world, a Kawai grand piano, would find its way into the Alexander Spendiaryan Music School. A Kawai grand piano is the musical instrument of dreams for many pianists and not only very difficult to acquire, but also very expensive.
“Due to the chaos and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, classes were rescheduled online, everyone was locked in their homes, with no mood. Suddenly there was a phone call saying that the wing had arrived in Armenia. I could hardly believe my ears. Immediately all the faded colors came back to life, ”says Marina Vardanyan, the director of the Alexander Spendiaryan Music School, recalling the story of the grand piano that found its way into the school.
Gor and Svetlana, who are students of the music school, listen carefully to the story and at the same time remember that only after touching the musical instrument did they believe that it was really there in the concert hall and that they could play it.
Gor and Svetlana
“We were very pleased that the Izmirlian Foundation gave our students the opportunity to be successful. We decided to get together, play a piece of music, make a video and send it to the management of the Izmirlian Foundation to express our gratitude in some way, ”the students recall.
The grand piano as a guarantee of success
Around 900 students aged 6-15 attend the music school, 350 of them in the piano department.
The twelve year old Gor Hakobyan has been playing music since he was 7 years old. His brother is an opera singer. Gor is convinced that musical talent was inherited through genes. A few weeks ago he won a Belgian international music competition and a special prize at one of the renowned competitions in Moscow. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all music competitions were held virtually via an online platform.
“Having a good instrument is the most important thing for a musician. It allows you to achieve greater success and reach new heights. This instrument is amazing with a wonderful sound and sound quality, which is why I won first prize at the Belgian “Merci, Maestro!”. International piano competition and a special prize at the 14th Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Competition. “
Svetlana Hakobyan has been playing music since she was 6 years old. She likes to draw and read, but most of all she loves music school and cannot imagine her everyday life and future without music. She has recently participated in several international competitions and has won the highest prizes.
“I devote 4-5 hours a day to music and practice. The neighbors complain, but I continue to practice. I have sent the recordings of my performances on this grand piano to numerous competitions and won first place. The grand piano has great sound quality and playability with a soft keyboard, “says Svetlana.
The support is varied
The wing is not the only donation from the Izmirlian Foundation, as Marina Vardanyan mentions. In recent years the foundation has replenished the school’s musical instruments and made it possible to open new classes.
“In 2013 I applied to the Izmirlian Foundation for support for two projects. The musical instruments in the school were from the 1960s and we couldn’t open any new classes. For example, we didn’t have any courses in drum and wind instruments.
I applied to the foundation in September 2013 and in October we hosted the management of the Izmirlian Foundation at our school. Months later, in spring 2014, we provided a list of the musical instruments we needed and signed a contract with the foundation. “
After the list was presented, the school’s inventory of musical instruments was replenished with 30 new instruments, music stands, piano chairs and violin shoulder rests. As a result, courses for marimba, drums, horn and trombone were opened in 2014-2015 and a jazz band was formed at the school.
“I applied to the Izmirlian Foundation for another project to renovate the school concert hall. However, after the community renovated it in 2016, I decided to ask about the much-needed wing for the school. The school lacked quality instruments and owned several grand pianos made in the 1980s. The students were already practicing the piano on September 16, 2020. “
The Izmirlian Foundation has been running numerous charity and development projects in the fields of education, health, social affairs, innovation and tourism in Armenia and Artsakh since 1990 with the aim of supporting the socio-economic development of Armenia and Artsakh. The Izmirlian Foundation continues to strive to implement various philanthropic projects in line with the ongoing challenges and developments of Armenia.
Photos by Emin Aristakesyan