Aram Khachaturian International Competition is an annual event which has been taking place in Yerevan from June 6 to June 14 every year since 2003. At the very beginning, the competition was aimed at finding talented young musicians in five specialities - piano, violin, cello, conducting, and vocal.
This year’s competition was dedicated to cello music which means that only cellists were participating at the competition. The participants usually come from different countries including US, Canada, France, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Britain, China, Russia, and of course, Armenia.
Renowned musicians were included in the jury of the competition during these years. To name a few of them - Grigori Zhislin, Zahar Bron, Boris Kushnir, Vladimir Landsman, Jasper Perrot, Chun Pan, Jan Ter-Merkeryan, Harald Herzl, Sergey Kravchenko, Alexander Sokolov, Svetlana Navasardian, and others.
The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the famous Armenian Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan performed under the baton of Sergey Smbatyan at the opening ceremony of the Aram Khachaturian International Competition. Note that Narek Hakhnazaryan is also an Aram Khachaturian International Competition winner (2006).
Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki was an honorable member of the jury for this year’s Aram Khachaturian International Competition.
As for the winners, the third prize of the competition was awarded to Chae-Won Hong (Republic of Korea) and Rustem Khamidullin (Russian Federation). The second prize of the competition was awarded to Fedor Amosov (Russian Federation). And lastly, the first prize of this year's competition was awarded to Jonathan Swensen (Denmark).