YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–World renown conductor Ohan Dourian during a press conference with attorney Tigran Janoyan on March 9–announced he will leave Armenia. His decision came in response to the culture ministry’s decision to grant him an honorary status–instead of a working conductor.
Dourian stated–"I must go abroad to complete my work. I wish you all a good appetite!" He questioned whether the ministry’s decision was an act of heroism or murder. Dourian said–"I would rather be murdered than hear of my removal from my work."
The celebrated conductor demanded the Armenian National Radio release all his recordings from its archives so that none of his work will remain in Armenia for people to associate him with having worked there.
Attorney Tigran Janoyan added that the ministry’s decision was a spiteful act toward Dourian. Janoyan said he will take all legal courses of action in defending the conductor’s rights. According to him–a contract signed between Dourian and the ministry in 1999–was nullified by the ministry. The contract is still valid and all that the ministry is allowed to do is review complaints made against Dourian. The contract corresponds to the Armenian Constitution and relevant laws.
Janoyan called on the President to follow Dourian’s situation closely and take action accordingly. He added that Ohan Dourian is considered a cultural treasure–and should be worthy of the President’s personal involvement.