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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 (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 16 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-competition” 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), Jan Ter-Merkeryan (France), Zahar Bron (Germany), Vladimir Landsman (Canada), Jasper Perrot (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.


Board of trustees

Armen Smbatyan

Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia

Vartan Adjemian

RA Honored Art Worker, state prizes laureate, professor

Armine Grigoryan

Director of Aram Khachaturian House-Museum, Professor

Tigran Mansurian

People’s Artist of Armenia, world renowned composer

Martuni Kostandyan

Principal of the specialized music school after P. Tchaikovsky, Candidate of Arts, Violinist

Valery Gergiev

General and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, Artistic Director of the White Nights Festival


Honorary board

Reinhart von Gutzeit

German music educator

Mikhail Shvydkoy

Soviet and Russian theater critic, drama, social and political activist
Presidential representative of RF for Intl Cultural Cooperation tbc

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE

Principal of the Royal Academy of Music

Alexander Sokolov

Rector of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Pavel Kogan

Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)

Alexander Tchaikovsky

RF People's Artist, Artistic Director of Moscow State Philharmonic

Elżbieta Penderecka

Genera Director of The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival
President of the Association of Ludwig van Beethoven

Mark Zilberquit

President of the International Charity Fund P.I. Tchaikovsky





Aram Khachaturian

1903 - 1978 Composer


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