President Sargsyan honours composer Arpine Kalinina

Arpine Kalinina

On 21 February, President Serzh Sargsyan attended the “Haykyan” award-giving ceremony established by the Youth Foundation of Armenia. The organizers assure that this annual award-giving ceremony intends to foster the activity of the student self-governing bodies of our country, original youth initiatives, the involvement of young men in sciences, as well as international cooperation and the works accomplished in the sphere of state youth policy.

The initiative aims to encourage all the youth organizations which have been distinguished by their activity and the contents of implemented programs. 

Besides traditional nominations, special prizes delivered to the winners by Serzh Sargsyan were also established. A special prize was received by composer Arpine Kalinina for Komitas Concert Series.

Award-winning composer Arpine Kalinina is also introducing Armenian artists to diverse audiences. Now a master’s student at the London Royal Academy of Music, for several years Kalinina was the Artistic Director of the classical ensemble she founded, Kantegh, which performs within and outside of Armenia. During that time, she earned a number of honors, notably the Russian Federation’s “Triumph” award for highest achievement in art.

This year, many of Kalinina’s compositions will premiere across London, including a choir piece inspired by the Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents.