Lecture on the Legacy of Komitas to Take Place in Watertown on Nov. 5.

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WATERTOWN, Mass.—The Armenian Museum of America and the Institute of Art of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences are proud to present the legacy of Komitas as a composer and his influence on international and Armenian Music.

Komitas (Photo: Komitas Museum-Institute)

The lecturer is Dr. Mher Navoyan of the Art institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences and the piano performance, of the works of Komitas, by Professor Lilit Karapetian Shugarian of New England Conservatory on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown.

The program is funded by a generous grant from the Dadourian Foundation.

Komitas was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster, who is considered the founder of Armenian national school of music. He is recognized as one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology.

Navoyan is the best known authority on Komitas Vartabed. In 1993 M. Navoyan graduated from the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan as an orchestral performer and in 1994 as a musicologist. Since 1995 he is a professor in Yerevan State Conservatory, the lecturer of “History of Armenian Music”, “The Basis of East Classical Music”, “Armenian Sacred Music”, “History of World Music” (History of Europe Music of the second part of the XIX and the first part of the XX centuries). Since 2000 he is a supervisor of a specialized course for students of musicological department. Since 2011 he is the Pro-Rector for research affairs and since 2015 he is the head scientific council at Komitas Museum-Institute.

Navoyan has participated in numerous local and International conferences. Has lectures and reports at Central European University (Budapesht, 2000), Institute of Eastern languages in Paris (2003), World Cultures Institute in Paris (2009), in Universities of Helsinlki nad Joensoo (Finland, 2005), in Church music Department of Sibelius Music Academy in Kuopio (Finland,  2005), J. Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw (Poland, 2008), Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany, 2012), Tubingen University (Germany 2012), Marktoberdorf Music Academy (Germany, 2012), Sheremetev Palace in St. Petersburg (Russia, 2014), etc.

Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian has performed extensively in her native Armenia and the former Soviet Union, as well as internationally. Her solo appearances and frequent contributions to a number of ensembles have won acclaim from the renowned authorities in the musical world. Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian graduated with honors from the graduate piano class of Professor Lev Vlasenko and Mikhail Pletnev at the Moscow Conservatory. Among the highlights of her performing and teaching career are the prize at the Transcaucasian Music Competition in 1981 and the professorship at the Yerevan State Conservatory, where she taught a piano class and also the methods of piano teaching from 1988 to 2005. From 1986 to 1988 Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian also assisted Professor Lev Vlasenko in his piano class at the Moscow Conservatory.

In September 2009 she joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory and Continuing Education Departments, where she currently teaches a piano class.

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