From June 6th to 13th, 2022, the 18th Khachaturian International Competition (cello section this year) was held at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan, and Mr. KITAMURA Yo, a Japanese cellist, won the second prize. Mr. Kitamura also received a special award for his best interpretation of David Popper’s piece (a prominent 19th century cellist and composer), which was one of the theme melodies of this competition.
Ambassador Fukushima attended the closing concert, as well as the dinner held after the award ceremony on the 13th of June․ He congratulated Mr. Kitamura, and talked with the organizers of the competition and the award winners about future music exchange between Japan and Armenia.
The Khachaturian International Competition started in 2003 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aram Khachaturian, a famous composer of the 20th century. Every year, young musicians from all over the world, including the United States, Germany, Italy, Japan, China, and South Korea, participate in the competition.