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Fa tappa a Pesaro la Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra

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Ha fatto tappa al Teatro Rossini di Pesaro, il tour italiano della Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra che si é già esibita in numerose città tra cui Roma (Auditorium Conciliazione), Milano (Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo), Pavia (Teatro Fraschini), Mantova (Teatro Sociale), Ancona (Teatro delle Muse), Firenze (Teatro della Pergola).
La grande musica classica di Antonio Vivaldi (Concerto per violino in sol minore e Le quattro stagioni) ha rapito il pubblico presente in una serata straordinaria. Numerosi gli applausi ed i bis accordati tra cui una struggente Ave Maria di Schubert.
Sul palco 27 giovani talenti diretti da Ashot Tigranyan, violinista di fama internazionale, famoso anche per essere stato discepolo del leggendario Leonid Kogan (assieme a Oistrakh, é stato il più grande violinista sovietico del suo tempo) e docente presso il Moscow State Conservatory .
“Ho iniziato a suonare il violino quando avevo tre anni – ha raccontato Tigranyan alla stampa – A sei mi sono esibito di fronte ad un pubblico di un migliaio di persone. Ho studiato violino da 8 a 12 ore al giorno, tutti i giorni. Poi sono andato a studiare al Conservatorio di Mosca sotto la guida del leggendario Leonid Kogan.
Una volta laureato, ho viaggiato in giro per l’Unione Sovietica, in tour con tre importanti ensemble, fino a metà degli anni Ottanta, quando ho potuto emigrare negli Stati Uniti. Ora ho 59 anni: se mi guardo indietro, vedo che ho passato 56 anni della mia vita col mio violino” .
Terminato il tour italiano, la Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra si esibirà dal 1° al 23 novembre prossimo in Francia (Parigi, Nancy, Marseille, Aix en Provence, Sisteron, Nantes, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Montpellier), per proseguire, infine, per l’America Latina e gli USA. L’anno scorso si è esibita in Gran Bretragna toccando le città di Londra (Concert Hall) Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff; in Spagna (Madrid, Pamplona, La Coruńa, Vigo, Saragoza, Barcellona, Malaga, Granada, Cordoba, Palma di Maiorca) ed in Scandinavia (Bergen, Helsinki, Copenaghen, Stoccolma, Tampere, Uppsala, Oslo).



Interview with Ashot Tigranyan on

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Could you tell us a little the origin and formation of the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra (CCCO)?

The Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra was created with the intention of honoring the
distinct and iconic style of the Old Russian School. I was educated at the Moscow State
Conservatory alongside legendary Russian Violinist Leonid Kogan, and after I left Russia and
came to America, I wanted to continue to spread my grand style of music. My mission with this
orchestra is to reconstitute the old language of the violin playing and music making. Classical
Concert Chamber Orchestra was originally founded in 2006 in California and has since
performed in many cities across the United States. In 2012, the orchestra began its first tours of
Europe. In an effort to both reproduce and recreate the form and sound of a traditional chamber
orchestra, our ensemble of roughly thirty virtuoso musicians works closely to achieve my
personal vision and is modeled after chamber orchestras of the Baroque and Classical eras.

During the month of February you are touring Spain, what might we anticipate for the programs and the role of this tour?

We are now traveling back to Spain for the fourth time on tour and I am really looking
forward to it. Our tour of Spain begins February 5, 2014, in Valencia at the Palau de le Musica.
We are spending most of our time in Northern Spain and will be performing in Valencia,
Zaragoza, Madrid, A Coruña, Valladolid, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Pamplona, and Bilbao, with
a special performance in Montpellier, France, anticipating our tour in this country in april 2015. I
enjoy being able to spread the Russian school where I belong and its special sound throughout
Spain. The musical heritage in Spain, its culture, food, and people; it is one of my favorite
countries. The CCC Orchestra has had a lot of success in Spain, and I feel that our music and
unique presence is lauded there. The desire to continue this tradition of music is exceptionally
strong in Spain.
We will present a great selection of pieces for both solo violin and orchestra.The first part of
the Spanish program includes celebrated concertos from Antonio Vivaldi and Wolfgang A.
Mozart, while the second half of this program features pieces by Spanish composers such as
Manuel de Falla and “highlight” the “Carmen Fantasy Op. 25” by Pablo Sarasate. The concerts
in Zaragoza on February 8th, Madrid on February 10th, and Barcelona on February 18th will
feature the great soprano Virginia Tola, who will be singing the famous “Seven Popular Spanish
Songs” by Manuel de Falla along with CCCO.

You come from the legendary violin school, Leonid Kogan, which has one of the most prestigious followers. How do this model develop in your students?

The CCC Orchestra is not necessarily a group of my students, but rather a collection of
musicians that have learned to follow my direction and play in my style. They represent my form
and sound as a collective and must learn to follow alignment and vibrato coordination. The
Orchestra is not so much my students as it is individual musicians practiced in the same old
style in order to share a unified tradition of performance with the audience. My own personal
style of play and performance evokes the old practice, focusing in producing an evolving sound
and special color imitating the human voice. When played correctly, the harmony of this
Orchestra speaks in a voice that echoes my formal education and the string tradition of the Old
Rusian School. The ultimate goal of this Orchestra is to capture the essence of this traditional
school in a smaller and more intimate environment. The beauty of this style is in its connection
to the past and that is what we, as a chamber orchestra, hope to convey in our performances.

What are the mainstays on which it is based and works the CCCO? And his repertoire, where it begins and where it ends?

Unlike most chamber orchestras, CCC Orchestra does not have a separate conductor. I act as
a performing conductor within the orchestra itself. This position allows me to continue playing
the violin while leading the direction of my fellow musicians. As a performing conductor, I am
able to utilize both my skills as a solo violinist and conductor to perform an extensive concerto
repertoire. My inclusion and navigation of the orchestra emphasizes our unified sound. Our
repertoire includes a number of music selections by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Sarasate,
Tchaikovsky, Paganini, among others. These performances are also joined by personal
arrangements led by me playing the violin. Our repertoire is marked by its foundation in the old
Russian school of classical music and reflects sounds reminiscent of the Romantic era as well.
With a style founded in formal tradition, both CCC Orchestra and I seek to spread the legacy of
this style of music making.

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Upcoming Spain tour 2015 article

Spanish Version

He aquí un artículo sobre nuestra próxima gira en España 2015.ña-el-clasicismo-innovador-de-ashot-tigranyan


English Version

My good friend, Rima Calderon, who is ultimately responsible for group communication
companies for the Washington Post, also manages Public Relations for the Phillips Art
Collection. Because of this position and his extreme sense of artistic sensibility, he mentioned to
us the impending arrival in Spain one of the greatest exports of the musical tradition of the old
Russian school, violinist, Ashot Tigranyan.

It is a unique opportunity to hear his music and feel his playing, live and direct in Spain.
Before looking into the concert schedule, I first went to Youtube to view his videos and meet the
teacher. The crush was instant. I suggest a listen to his delightful interpretation of “Salut
d’Amor,” by the great English composer, Sir Edward Elgar.

Like any artist and genius, this man arouses passions of all kinds. He provides great expertise
and sensibility, whether for the arrangements of which his orchestra plays and he conducts, or
for the pieces that rely on his own voice as the violin. It is undeniable that his playing of the
violin, grown in the Moscow Conservatory by the famous Leonid Kogan, connecting the mind,
the heart, and skilled hands, contains a certain expressive content that inspires excitement
within those who listen.

Ashot Tigranyan, even with such individual success, understands the responsibility to pass on
the legacy of this form of giving life to and promoting the transmission of music, and has
launched a project, a collection of young musicians, the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra.
This coming February will see twelve individual concerts performed in the Spanish Territory.
I have met briefly with Ashot Tigranyan through Skype and he tells me that he is really looking
forward to coming to Spain. He holds a special affection for Spain and has therefore decided to
launch a European Tour on our land and with our people who are “charged with good energy.”
I have prepared some news of his fourth tour in Spain in advance. In addition to works by
Vivaldi and Mozart, the tour will include works from our greats, Falla and Sarasate.

Because the performances will include Spanish composers, soprano Virginia Tola has also been
invited to join the project, to that she will be giving her voice to the Seven Popular Spanish
Songs of Manuel de Falla. She will sing in three performances in Zaragoza, Madrid, and
Barcelona in the 8th, 10th, and 18th of February, respectively.

Ashot Tigranyan confirms, from its innovative classicism, the orchestra’s sense of responsibility
of passing down the legacy of education that he received at the Moscow State Conservatory
from master Leonid Kogan.

“The vibrato, vibrato,” he says with love and passion. It is the vibrato of the Russian School that
allows this special singing flexibility of gut strings.

The beloved vibrato that Tigranyan’s violin sings touches the viewer’s soul, and we now have
the opportunity and privilege to meet him here, live in Spain.

For more details of the tour and to see more videos of the orchestra, visit their website:

Tickets are already available on sale here:


Ashot Tigranyan and Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra – Vivaldi’s “The four seasons”

After performing Vivaldi’s “The four seasons” in 11 cities across Spain, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra embarked in a studio-recording of these celebrated violin concerti, jewels of the baroque repertoire for strings.

In mid-July, Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra travelled to Gdansk (Poland) to record these masterpieces at the state-of-the-art recording facilities of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, which hosted the ensemble in its 1,100-seat concert hall.


Ashot Tigranyan brings Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra to northern Spain

Delighted with the warm reception received from all audiences during the previous two tours in Spain, Maestro Tigranyan chose various cities all across northern Spain for the next CCCO tour.
The new tour in Spain will start on September 19, and will include cities across most of the northern autonomies (Galicia, Catalunya, Castilla y León, Aragón, Navarra, La Rioja and Madrid).

Ashot Tigranyan violin

Conducted from the virtuoso violin of Maestro Tigranyan, CLASSICAL CONCERT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs all major violin concertos written for solo violin and chamber orchestra. This includes the great Baroque and Classical works by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli, Tartini, Mozart, Haydn, Paganini, Sarasate, Saint- Saens, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and others.