Aznavoorian Duo

April 26, 2023, 8:00 pm

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Marta Aznavoorian (L) and Ani Aznavoorian (R)

Cellist Ani Aznavoorian and pianist Marta Aznavoorian present a program celebrating Armenian composers and honoring the duo’s family heritage. “Most Armenians have an extraordinarily strong sense of being Armenian, even if we weren’t born there. We both have a strong sense of what it means to be Armenian,” said Marta Aznavoorian. The concert, recorded at Nichols Concert Hall, features works from the duo’s album (Cedille Records) and includes the world premiere performance of Peter Boyer’s Mount Ararat.

The program also includes a performance by pianist Inna Faliks. Learn more about Marta Aznavoorian and Inna Faliks’s upcoming concert Celebrating Music Institute of Chicago Luminaries at this link.


All selections performed by the Aznavoorian Duo on May 15, 2022 at Nichols Concert Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Vartabed Komitas (1869–1935)
Chinar Es (You Are Like a Plane Tree)
Tsirani Tsar (Apricot Tree)
Al Ailux (My Scarlet Handkerchief)
Krunk (The Crane)

Arno Babadjanian (1921–1983)
Aria and Dance
Elegy for solo piano

Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Variations on One String on a Theme by Rossini

Traditional American
Amazing Grace for solo cello

Peter Boyer (b.1970)
Mount Ararat

Serouj Kradjian (b.1973)
Sari Siroun Yar (Beautiful Girl of the Mountain)

Alexander Arutiunian (1920—2012)

Frédéric Chopin (1810—1849)
Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Inna Faliks, piano
Recorded October 2022 at Nichols Concert Hall