Master Pianist Sahan Arzruni Receives an Honorary Professorship from Armenia's Komitas State Conservatory Armenian News Network / Groong Entertainment Wire May 22, 2009 By Chris Zakian YEREVAN, ARMENIA During a recent ceremony in Yerevan, the Komitas State Conservatory of Armenia awarded the title of `Honorary Professor' to master pianist Sahan Arzruni. In accepting the diploma, Mr. Arzruni addressed the student body of the Komitas State Conservatory, the premier musical education institution in Armenia. `Just as music is the life of our people, so too is an institution like this one the foundry of our musical culture,' he said. It `nurtures within it the cultural warriors of our nation, and assures us that the same best elements will continue, and prosper, in the future - generation upon generation.' Mr. Arzruni has been associated with the Conservatory since the mid-1990s. He has been the president of the state examinations, taken part in the Khachaturian Competition, raised funds to repair musical instruments, and has been instrumental in modernizing the library. Following his stay in Yerevan, Mr. Arzruni traveled to Istanbul to consult with his counterparts regarding the role the Armenian community will play during the year-long festival of `Istanbul 2010: Cultural Capital of Europe.' As it happens, 2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Komitas Vartabed; according to Mr. Arzruni, special attention will be devoted to his music through performances, publications, and master classes.
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