The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, AGBU is committed to making a difference in the lives of 500,000 people across Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian diaspora. Through the vision of its leaders and the generous support […]
Promoting Armenian culture and arts has been the cornerstone of AGBU’s programming efforts for over a century. In 2012, AGBU proudly established the Performing Arts Department (PAD) with the aim of connecting young Armenian artists worldwide and introducing Armenian art to diverse audiences. Since its inception, it has taken talented musicians and music lovers […]
October 14 2014
WHAT WE DO
The AGBU Performing Arts Department (PAD) is dedicated to connecting young Armenian artists with their musical and artistic heritage, creating educational and performance opportunities for the community’s talented artists and providing the international community with access to a talented pool of top performers. Our flagship programs create opportunities and recognition for emerging and established artists worldwide and include the Musical Armenia Program, the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition, Armenians in Film at Lincoln Center and the AGBU Performing Artists in Concert.
Recipient of the AGBU Performing Arts Scholarship and Fellowship, Narek Arutyunian is a clarinetist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (The Washington Post). Born in 1992 in Gyumri, Mr. Arutyunian’s family moved to Moscow when he was three years old. He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory where he worked with Evgeny Petrov; received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Charles Neidich; and is currently a master’s candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, where he continues his studies with Mr. Neidich.
Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. By the age of 16, he had already won first prizes at the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow.
Mr. Arutyunian has performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall; the Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops, as well as at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as part of the AGBU Performing Artists in Concert series. Mr. Arutyunian has also appeared as a soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Long Bay Symphony, and the Longwood Symphony.
He has performed across the country, at venues and festivals such as the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Lied Center of Kansas, Juilliard ChamberFest, the New York Festival of Song, and has toured extensively in Australia, Asia, and Europe, where he appeared at the Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, among others.
Mr. Arutyunian’s growing career has also included numerous educational outreach programs in New York City public schools and around the country. His 2016-2017 season includes recitals at the Morgan Library and Museum, Pepperdine University, Oneonta Concert Association, and a performance as a soloist with the Bucks County Symphony.
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The AGBU Performing Arts Department (PAD) is dedicated to connecting Armenian artists with their musical and artistic heritage, creating educational and performance opportunities for the community’s emerging and established Armenian artists and providing the international community with access to a talented pool of top performers. Check out our artist directory to browse by region, discipline and more.