Chamber on the Mount: Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist

Chamber on the Mount: Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist

Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (The Washington Post). As soloist with orchestra, his performances include the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops, the Mozart Concerto with Oregon’s Newport Symphony and New York’s St. Thomas Orchestra, appearances with Prague Radio Symphony, the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and a recording of the Weber Concertino for clarinet with the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra.

As First Prize Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Arutyunian was presented in debut recitals in New York at Merkin Concert Hall and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. He has also been engaged to perform at Carnegie’s Weill Recital and the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the Westport Arts Center, the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, the Paramount Theater (VT), Chamber On The Mountain in Ojai, CA, Tri-County Concerts Association in Wayne, PA, St. John Armenian Church of Michigan, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson, the Aaron Copland School of Music/Queens College, and Iowa State, Pepperdine, Southern Adventist and Missouri State Universities. In addition to solo recitals, he consistently receives acclaim for his educational outreach programs in New York City public schools and around the country.

Mr. Arutyunian has performed extensively in Australia, Asia and in Europe, including at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa. Festival appearances include return engagements at the Marlboro Music Festival and at Juilliard’s ChamberFest, where he performed Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayer, the New York Festival of Song, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival in Washington, Krzyzowa Music Festival in Poland, Germany’s Usedomer Musikfestival, Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate and Sydney festivals in Australia, and Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.

Born in Armenia, Narek Arutyunian’s family moved to Moscow when he was three. As a teenager, he won First Prizes in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a student of Evgeny Petrov, received a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Charles Neidich, and then earned a Master’s Degree with Mr. Neidich at the Manhattan School of Music on a Leon Russianoff Memorial Scholarship.

Narek Arutyunian is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc.


Meet the Artist!
A Reception will follow the performance.

Chamber on the Mount:Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo

Chamber on the Mount:Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo

Fantasy on a Theme by William Lawes – Slava Grigoryan
None but the Lonely Heart – P. I. Tchaikovsky
Suite No. 2 (HWV 452) – G. F. Händel
Suite for Two Guitars – Ralph Towner
Blues for Ralph – Leonard Grigoryan
This Time – Leonard Grigoryan
Songs My Mother Taught Me – A. Dvořák
Suite Retratos – Radamès Gnatalli
Sailboat Suite – Slava & Leonard Grigoryan

Adventurous Listening – A Prelude to the Ojai Music Festiva

Adventurous Listening – A Prelude to the Ojai Music Festiva

Adventurous Listening – A Prelude to the Ojai Music Festival
Also taking place on Saturday, May 18th, from 6:00-7:00PM we will hold a free public presentation at Matilija Auditorium – 703 El Paseo Rd in Ojai. As with the seminars earlier that day, this presentation will highlight pieces that will be performed at the 2019 Ojai Music Festival, and will be a delightful exploration of contemporary classical music. The event is free and RSVP is requested.
Adventures in Listening: New Music Since 1899

Adventures in Listening: New Music Since 1899

9:30 – 10:00AM – Continental Breakfast
10:00AM – 12:00PM – Seminar I
12:00 – 1:00PM – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00PM – Seminar II

6:00 – 7:30PM – Free Public Presentation – Adventures in Listening
at Matilija Auditorium


Lance Brunner, Professor of Music, University of Kentucky


Ojai Music Festival Office

201 South Signal Street in Ojai

Matilija Auditorium
703 El Paseo Rd in Ojai

Chamber Concert

Chamber Concert

Returning to the Ojai Art Center Music Branch concert series on Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m., are popular international duo- violinist Chavdar Parashkevov and pianist Natasha KislenkoCombining their success and talents in 2009 they have toured extensively with concerts in Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey and the US. Parashkevov-Kislenko have performed live on radio and television in the US and Europe. In 2011 they released their debut CD Russian Sonatas to rave reviews. Last year Gramaphone praised them for their new CD Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler saying they were “bold champions of all of the disc’s fare” and that “their conversations are balanced, intense and seamless”. They will be performing works by Strauss, Mahler and Gershwin. Tickets sold only at the door: $15 general admission, $12 Art Center members and students. For further information call 805-640-1158.

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