Online Masterclass for Violinists

16.02.2021
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Online Masterclass for Violinists

The Maya Kulieva Turkmen National Conservatory’s Big Hall has played host to a masterclass for students of the Department of String Instruments.  Associate Professor Ruben Smbatyan and Professor Gagik Smbatyan at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, the Department of String Instruments, who lead the masterclass online, were attentively watching six violinists perform.

The masterclass, which looked like an examination, opened symbolically with Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto. Fifth-year student Leila Amankulyeva performed the Concerto’s second and third movements. With the light movements of the violin bow across the strings, the violinist was playing the tender-sounding, lyrical melodies. Her fellow student, Jemal Klychdurdyeva, continued the masterclass with the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Dmitry Shostakovich. The accomplished teachers from Yerevan, who are associated with a different school of violin playing, were listening to the fifth-year students’ rendition intently and then offered their recommendations on how to accent and add depth to some fragments and muffle the others. With due consideration for the respected foreign experts’ suggestions, the girls replayed the passages. 

The event also featured the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Dmitry Shostakovich, and the Violin Concertos by Johannes Brahms, Niccolò Paganini, and Sergei Prokofiev. They were performed by Ailar Botayarova (year three), Merdan Charyev (year four), Sona Yazova (year four), and Gozel Matkarimova (year three). Piano accompanists Elmira Jumakulyeva, Stella Faramazova, and Natalia Ilicheva provided musical support to the violinists and enhanced the pieces’ stylistic features. 

Among those attending the event were teachers and students of the Turkmen National Conservatory, who were listening to their fellow students’ performances as well as to remarks by the professionals from Yerevan with great interest. Thus, not only the six violinists performing the classical pieces, but all the students of the Department of String Instruments equally benefited from the masterclass. 

– Thanks to online events, we have the opportunity to maintain contacts with the Armenian school that has a long and rich musical heritage, Head of the Conservatory’s Department of String Instruments Tylla Yomudova commented. The masterclass led by the teachers of the prestigious Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan has uniquely enhanced our students’ learning experience. When it comes to classical pieces, the major emphasis is placed on sense perception. And the professionals, who shared their understanding of the composers’ intentions or indications reflected in their compositions, were particularly helpful. 

Needless to say, the masterclass is a true testament to the friendship and trust between the Turkmen and Armenian nations. Beautiful music helps to bring us closer together, making our lives spiritually rich. 

Tamara GLAZUNOVA

Photo: Aleksey GIMALITDINOV