YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"I hope that Armenia will be the first among the CIS countries where the Russian National Orchestra under my direction will perform in," well-known violinist–art director of the "Moscow Virtuosos" orchestra–Vladimir Spivakov told reporters while being decorated with the St. Mesrop Mashtots medal by Armenian President Robert Kocharian.
Spivakov told reporters that the "Moscow Virtuosos" orchestra was formed twenty years ago and needs "fresh blood–young people to whom I can impart my knowledge."
Spivakov said it is important that steady progress takes place in Armenia. "I feel the continuation of that," he said and pointed out that in 1988 after the devastating earthquake the "Moscow Virtuosos" performed in Giumri–where he was presented with a little carpet woven by the perished children. Ten years later in the same town he was presented with another carpet woven by a 10-year old girl who was born on the day of the earthquake. Spivakov said that some years ago he was presented with a duduk–"a musical instrument whose sound suggests centuries-long loneliness and penetrates into your heart." This time he was presented with a zurna–a musical instrument which can be heard at weddings.
Spivakov also reported that his fund–which renders assistance to the Yerevan Conservatory–is efficiently operating in Armenia. Fellowships were granted to some 20 students. The fund assisted in performing a very complicated operation on the eyes of a girl. Also–the fund presented Giumri with two violins made by French violin-makers in the beginning of the century.