It is no secret that last year was a significant test for the entire planet, with Armenian musicians not excluded from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The famous Khachaturian Trio, an ensemble that performs frequently and actively around the world under usual circumstances, was forced to take a break of almost a year — cancelling major tours in Europe (Germany and Austria), the USA and Russia. Their most recent public appearance was a tour of cities in Russia and the Baltic states in February 2020.
It is difficult to imagine how this lack of performance opportunities has affected artists such as these, the trio accustomed to engaging in approximately 70 to 80 concerts each year and who, since the start of the coronavirus crisis, have been forced to stay home for months at a time with a lack of certainty over the future.
The light at the end of the tunnel, however, may, fortunately, be in sight, with 10th February marking the Khachaturian Trio’s first concert since early last year. Auspiciously taking place at the Khachaturian House-Museum, this concert will also serve as the trio’s inaugural performance of the year, with further appearances planned in March as the trio embarks on an eleven-date tour of cities in Russia.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the ensemble’s cellist and founding member, Karen Kocharyan, will not be present for these concerts. The trio warmly welcomes the talented young performer Artyom Ioanisyan, who will take Kocharyan’s place for these engagements.
The Khachaturian Trio will perform at 19:00 on February 10th at the Khachaturian House-Museum in Yerevan. The programme includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak, and the premiere of a new trio by Alexey Shor.