winners: Tsovinar Sufelyan, Lilit Grigoryan,
Sona Barseghyan and Levon Avagyan. .
Four young Armenian pianists Lilit Grigoryan,
Levon Avagyan, Sona Barseghyan and Tsovinar
Sufelyan earned high honors at the First
Tbilisi International Young Pianists Competition
last week in Tbilisi.
Competing against more than 100 musicians
from Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Italy
and other countries the Armenians returned
with one silver medal, two bronze medals,
diplomas and special awards.
Seventeen-year-old Lilit Grigoryan, a student
at the Yerevan State Conservatory, was among
the top winners, earning the silver medal,
diploma, an Anjaparidze Special Award for
Excellence and prize money.
"I'm very glad for our success,"
Lilit said. "I've participated in many
competitions in my life but such an appraisal
at the international competition is of different
significance and it will help me a lot."
Thirteen year old Sona Barseghyan and 12
year old Levon Avagyan took third place
with bronze medals and diplomas.
"Everything was so surprising and
fabulous that I will remember all of that
for the rest of my life," Sona said.
Tutors and others present say that members
of the jury and audience were impressed.
The Armenians were called upon to perform
compositions from Georgian classics during
the competition's gala finale.
"Piano players of very high quality
were participating at the competition,"
said Robert Shugarov, professor of piano
at the Conservatory. "Already in the
first round everybody was coming up and
congratulating us as our kids had performed
Tutor Hasmik Hakobyan said success at such
a major competition should boost the students'
confidence while also demonstrating the
quality of Armenian music schools.
"After returning our kids started
to work with new strength, inspiration and
enthusiasm," Hakobyan said. "I'm
sure in the nearest future they will progress
with more major strides and achieve new