Music for Youth to present clarinetist
Westport-based Music for Youth and Pequot Library will hold a performance by clarinetist Narek Arutyunyan during their next free Young Persons' Concert 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport.
Two seasons ago at age 19, Arutyunyan won first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, according to a news release from Music for Youth. He was also awarded the Leona Green Memorial Award and the Meridian Symphony Prize to perform as soloist with orchestra and the invitation to perform in the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C., the Brownsville Concert Series of New England and at the Usedom Music Festival in Germany.
This season, he has been presented by Young Concert Artists in his New York recital debut and also at the Kennedy Center in Washington and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. As soloist, he is performing the Clarinet Concerto by Jean Francaix with the Meridien Symphony and, in recital, he has appeared at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the release states.
Arutyunyan's international touring schedule has included performances at the Louvre Auditorium in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa. He has appeared as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and in Russia with the Kalingrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the State Symphony Orchestra. His clarinet is a personal gift of the conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov.
Arutyunyan's awards include first prize in Prague's International Young Musicians Competition at age 16 and Moscow's Musical Youth of the Planet Competition at 15. He has also received a prize by violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet to perform concerts and record the Weber Concertino for Clarinet with the State Symphony of New Russia.
Born in Armenia, Arutyunyan moved to Moscow with his family when he was three years old. He later graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Evgeny Petrov. He now studies with Charles Neidich at New York's Juilliard School.
The program, recommended for ages 5 to 17, will be followed by free clarinet master classes. To register, call 203-938-3843 or e-mail email@example.com.
Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the concert and a certificate given each participant in the master classes.
For directions to the library, call 203-259-0346. Additional concert information is available at www.musicforyouth.net.