The 10th Aram Khachaturian International Competition took place at the National Philharmony in Yerevan, Armenia from June 6th to 14th, 2014. For this anniversary edition, a Kawai EX concert grand was provided by Yerevan Komitas National Conservatory as the exclusive stage piano for this time, which was arranged by Shahen Shahinyan, the rector of the conservatory, and Armen Babakhanian, the dean of the faculty of piano at the conservatory and the chairperson of the jury. The chairperson of the organizing committee was Rita Sargsyan, the first Lady of Armenia, who is known as a great music lover.
Aram Khatchaturian is an Armenian conspicuous composer who lived from 1903 to 1978. Following the traditional custom, the competition began with a visit to his gravesite on June 6th which is the date he was born, and an opening concert was held in the evening. The contestants are required to play a variety of complicated tunes during the approx. one week competition including Khatchaturian’s piano concerto in the finals.
18 contestants from all over the world were selected to participate in the competition. After the 1st round and the semi-final, four contestants advanced to the final. Although the 1st prize winner was not selected this time, two Russian pianists, Anastasia Nesterova and Evgeny Starodubtsev shared the 2nd prize, and Stepan Simonian from Russia received the 3rd prize, the 4th prize went to Ran Jia from China.
acoustiKa, run by Sarkis Kazanjian with his two sons Shant and Hagop, is the Kawai distributor in Armenia. Thanks to their comprehensive support that extend from delivering the piano to offering the special prize for the best performance of a concerto, the 9-day competition was very successful. TV coverage and internet streaming gathered lots of attentions and contributed to the great success.