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YEREVAN STATE CHAMBER CHOIR

Yerevan Chamber Choir was founded in 1996 by merited Art Figure of Armenia Harutyun Topikyan, who was the artistic director and conductor of the choir. It is one of the well-known musical collectives and since 2009 was recognized as a State collective (YSCC). Since its founding the choir had numerous concerts in Armenia and abroad. Within the frameworks of “Armenian Cultural Days in Germany”, The Choir brilliantly presented Komitas’s restored liturgy as well as new pieces by T. Mansurian in Bonn, Halle, Wittenberg and Magdeburg, then in Syria and Lebanon (1998). In 1999 the collective presented the premiere of composer Tigran Mansurian's "Ars Poetica" concerto and recorded an album.

World famous musicians – violist Kim Kashkashian and saxophonist Jan Garbarek, La Scala Theatre Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir led by Riccardo Muti, “Frankfurter Kantorei” led by Winfried Toll performed together with the Choir.

Within the frames of the project “Luys I Luso” in tandem with the outstanding jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan the YSCC recorded album of sacred religious music arranged by the pianist himself for piano and choir (2014, ECM Records). T. Hamasyan and the Choir had long-term tour across Europe and in the cities of Turkey and Georgia (2015).
For the first time ever only by this collective were performed the Blessings “Berlin Liturgy” by Komitas (2012), the 1st polyphonic liturgy by Kara Murza (2013) and the “Liturgy of Mchitariants” by A. Aytnyan and J. Byom (2014).

The Choir has released 16 CDs. Among them, the CD “Music by KOMITAS Vardapet” was granted the Best Traditional Album award by the 3rd Annual Armenian Music Awards in Glendale (USA).

Since 2021 the artistic director and conductor of the YSCC is Kristina Voskanyan.

In 2022 the Yerevan State Chamber Choir took part in the 41st annual international "Hajnowka" International Orthodox church music festival held in Poland from September 21 to 25.

YSCC gave concerts in the Holy Trinity Evangelical Augsburg Church in Warsaw and in the Podlasie Opera and Filharmonic in Bialystok.

At the end of the festival, YSCC won the first prize in the category of professional choirs.

Ruzanna Grigoryan

“In a large family like the choir is, delectation of polyphonic performance serves you to reach the highest levels of pleasure.

Tamara Mosinyan

“Maestro has a very delicate sense of music that he tries to share with us, and when in performances, we collect outcome of those long, through rehearsals, we all obtain happiness.

Arthur Poghosyan

“Although diverse, but the Choir repertoire is based primarily on masterpieces of Great Komitas, that Maestro leads to their genuine and pure performance.

Garegin Hayrapetyan

“Singing in the Choir gives the most exceptional experience of valuing and listening to choir mates, serving in a band for one target and sense.

Andranik Malkhasyan

“This choir is unique by the fact that each individual is responsible for the excellent performance.

Makrouhi Khachatryan

"Newly graduated soloist, joining the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, I had no perception on issues and work waiting for me, the essentials and nuances of singing in a choir.

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