On 13 February the festival dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the greatest musicians of our time, was launched at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Armenia. The festival dedicated to maestro Penderecki was held from February 13 to 17 under the patronage of the First Lady of Armenia Rita Sargsyan. The jubilee festival was organized by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival, with the support of the Armenian Ministry of Culture.
Krzysztof Penderecki has Armenian roots. His grandmother was from Isfahan.
He said: “I always come to Armenia with my wife with great pleasure. Every time visiting Armenia I hear amazing music performed at a high level, and most importantly, I meet wonderful people here. I feel like I’m here at home. I’m sorry that I do not speak Armenian”.
Minister of Culture of Armenia Armen Amiryan said during the press conference: “During the jubilee year, the 85th anniversary of Maestro will be celebrated in different countries and it is a great honor for us that the series of jubilee events starts from the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. Krzysztof Penderecki is a world famous star, a man who was able to change the world with his music, a man who has enlightened our life and future with his art”.
Watch also here interview with Mr Krzysztof Penderecki and his wife Ms Elzbieta Penderecka conducted by Public Armenian TV. Mr Krzysztof Penderecki and his wife Ms Elzbieta Penderecka have been married for 52 years.
Sources: http://syoa.am/, https://news.am/, Armenia Public TV
Photo: Armenia Public TV