We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience.

If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with our Privacy Policy



About us


The Khachaturian International Competition is an awaited and celebrated classical music event both locally and internationally. The competition was established on June 6, 2003, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, a giant pillar of the 20th century classical music for Armenia and the world. Launching every year on his birth date of June 6, the competition is designed to reveal young musical talents in five disciplines: piano, violin, cello, conducting (formerly including composition and vocal categories as well).

Owing to its rapid growth and international recognition, the Khachaturian International Competition became a member of the Geneva-based World Federation of International Musical Competitions (WFIMC) in 2013. This is a prestigious musical family which hosts, among other reputable competitions, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Montreal International Music Competition, the Tchaikovsky International Competition, etc.

With a rich history spanning 20 years, the competition has expanded the geography of the participating countries, including Russia and other CIS republics, USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain, China, etc.

The annual international competition is implemented owing to the joint efforts by the Ministry of Culture of Armenia, Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory and Aram Khachaturian Cultural Foundation. Headed since 2008 by the composer, Honored Artist and then Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Armenia to Russia Armen Smbatyan, the Board of Trustees of the foundation includes remarkable people of art and culture, including Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Reinhart von Gutzeit, Pavel Kogan, Elizbieta Penderecka, Alexander Sokolov, Alexander Tchaikovsky, Mark Zilberquit, Constantine Orbelian and others.

For over a decade of its history, the competition was honored by having many prominent artists and musicians as members of the jury, with Grigori Zhislin (UK), Zhan Ter-Merkeryan (France), Zahar Bron (Germany), Vladimir Landsman (Canada), Jasper Parrot (UK), Rustem Ayrudinov (UK), Chun Pan (China), Boris Kushnir (Austria), Harald Herzl (Austria), Sergey Kravchenko (Russia), Lucy Ishkhanian (USA), Alexander Sokolov (Russia), Svetlana Navasardian (Armenia) and others among them.

In response to the decline of global social mobility in the world, forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 16th Khachaturian International Competition of 2020 was reformatted to be held online for the first time in its history. The violin competition of 2020 was transferred entirely to a virtual space that accommodates all requirements of the competition, leveraging the possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI) as well.





Aram Khachaturian

1903 - 1978 Composer


Media supporters & partners

Media Supporter

Partner of the Khachaturian Violin 2020 Competition


Employment & Volunteering

No vacancies available at the moment.