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He can easily be regarded as the treasure in the best European halls.





Dmitri Shostakovich

The Hero of Socialist Labor
The Laureate of Lenin and State prizes of the USSR
The People’s Artist of the USSR

 

 



This is – a brilliant chorus with the highest level of culture. The Chorus is headed by a great musician and composer. Everything he does one sees an innovator. The State Choir of Armenia can be sent to any country for guest performance. It will proudly hold the banner of Soviet culture.



Aram Khachaturian

The Hero of Socialist Labor
The Laureate of Lenin and State prizes of the USSR
The People’s Artist of the USSR
Ph.D. in the field of Art history

 




A pleasant surprise was stored for the visitors of the “Estonia” concert hall – a “concert bomb” I would say – the performance of the State Choir of Armenia. Tonal gorgeousness, clear observation of the phrasing allows conveying to the audience everything that is not possible to transfer through the notes. The Choir performs not only the text, but also the underlying message, not only the lines, but also everything that lays between the lines, above and under them. The Chief Conductor and the art director of the Choir, Ohannes Tchekidjian is very original and talented musician. O. Tchekidjian responds to the slightest vibrations and tonalities in the different parts of the Choir with the lightning speed. Under the conductance of O. Tchekidjian, the Choir becomes similar to a vessel with quicksilver, which responds to the least incline. The conductor is always ready to switch new nuances on his Choir “control panel”, and that happens with electronic virtuosity. There is a new music ship coming to its orbit. The crew and the captain are full of vigor, energy and audacious impulses.


Gustav Ernesaks

The Hero of Socialist Labor
The Laureate of Lenin and State prizes of the USSR
The People’s Artist of the USSR
Professor

 

 

As professional musicians, we, while being at the concert, think of the score, first of all, arrangement of the bars, nuances etc. That is a true happiness to meet such a performer, who makes the professional become an ordinary house. Listening to “Requiem” of Berlioz in the Big Hall of Leningrad Philharmonic Society performed by State Choir of Armenia and our symphonic orchestra under conductance of Ohannes Tchekidjian I faced such an interpreter of the music, who made me forget the score and my professional relations with music. I involuntarily became an ordinary, enthusiastic listener and was happy having experienced such a joy.



Yevgeny Mravinsky

The Hero of Socialist Labor
The Laureate of Lenin and State prizes of the USSR
The People’s Artist of the USSR

 

 




I think it is impossible to teach how to be a Conductor. One has to be born as a Conductor. That can be said of the musical destiny of Tchekidjian – he was born to be a Conductor.




Gennady Rozhdestvensky

The Hero of Socialist Labor
The Laureate of Lenin and State prizes of the USSR
The People’s Artist of the USSR

 

 


The deep and varied creative work of the great Armenian composer Komitas was presented to the audience performed by the first – class choral team, the State Academic Choir  of Armenia, headed by O.Tchekidjian, prominent master of choral art, who is introducing his bright individual creativity into the sound of the work of art performed by the Choir. The Choir is able to access all grades of the human emotions – from tender reverie to Shakespeare’s passion, from a small joke to dramatic effect of hard struggle. Richness of vocal palette, which is possessed by the Choir, is really unlimited. I can cordially congratulate Armenian amateurs that they have opportunity to always listen to the good music of different composers and first of all their compatriots in such beautiful performance.


Dmitry Kabalevsky

The Hero of Socialist Labor
The Laureate of the Lenin and State prizes of the USSR
The People’s Artist of the USSR
Ph.D. in the field of Art history

 

 




The State Choir of Armenia is a collective of International level. It is desirable that it was heard in Paris, London, Rome, New-York and other progressive cities in the world.



Juilliard








I had opportunity to listen to Armenian State Choir in my youth yet. The big leap they made by becoming one of the best Choir of the country is conditioned by the advent of Ohannes Tchekidjian, the prominent master. The passionate power, clear conductance of the voices, variety of programs – that is the creative range of that collective.



Otar Taktakishvili

The Laureate of the Lenin and State prizes of the USSR
The People’s Artist of the USSR
Professor

 

 


True and deepest skills, which is based on the academic preciseness and expressed loftiness is always individual and, therefore, the art of the Choir, managed by Ohannes Tchekidjian is that original that it cannot be confused with anyone else in this field. Wide range thinking and true talent multiplied by the treasure of national melos – this is the main composition of Ohannes Tchekidjian.




Natan Rakhlin

The People’s Artist of the USSR