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Dilijan Series Commissions and Premieres

In seven years alone Dilijan has commissioned some 20 new works by Armenian composers. It is a great testament to the legacy of the series, that though born within Dilijan, many of these compositions are seeing life outside of Zipper Hall. These original works are being performed globally, in concerts and festivals in Armenia, Europe, and across the US, completely independent of the Dilijan Series. And it is only the beginning. Neither Dilijan nor the Lark Society could plant these seeds in the classical music cannon without the partnership of great music lovers in our community. Such beautiful new works as Vache Sharafyan's "Serenade with a Dandelion", Artur Avanesov's "My Light" for voice and violin, and Tigran Mansurian's "String Trio" are thanks in no small part to the generous benefaction of the honorable Dr. & Mrs. Harmon and Lucine Agbabian-Hubbard, as well as the Chairman and Members of Hamazkayin Regional Committee, and other partners like Soli Deo Gloria and Chamber Music America. We take great pride in being a producer of new works, as it allows the Armenian community to add its voice to the world repertoire of Chamber Music. Thanks kindly to all our far-seeing donors.


         Full list of Commissions/Premieres

    Vache Sharafyan - Serenade with a Dandelion (2005)

  • premiered September 25, 2005, by Movses Pogossian and Varty Manouelian
  • Vartan Simonian - Andante Insenato (2006)

  • Premiered on December 17, 2006, by Alexis Hatch and Alik Barsoumian
  • David Haladjian - Quintet "...the rest is silence..." (2006)

  • Premiered on November 5, 2006, by Ida Levin, Hellen Callus, Alan Vogel, Michele Zukovsky, Niko Abondolo
  • Paolo Cavallone - Frammenti Lirici (2006)

  • Premiered on January 7, 2007, by Tony Arnold and Movses Pogossian
  • Artur Avanesov - Im Luys (2006)

  • Premiered on January 7, 2007, by Tony Arnold and Movses Pogossian
  • Vache Sharafyan - Piano Quintet (2007)

  • Premiered on September 15, 2007 by Movses Pogossian, Aroussiak Baltaian, Brian Dembow, Peter Stumpf, Vache Sharafyan
  • Ashot Kartalyan - Quintet (2007)

  • Premiered on December 16, 2007, by Ray Reinebach, Nazanin Eliahoo, Margaret Wu, Boryana Popova, David Lee Ruest
  • Artur Avanesov - Zemestani/Bahari/Beheshti (2008)

  • Premiered on October 5, 2008, by Movses Pogossian and Dzovig Margarian
  • Tigran Mansurian - String Trio (2008)

  • Premiered on January 18, 2009 by Movses Pogossian, Kim Kashkashian, Rohan de Saram
  • Ashot Zohrabian - Novelette (2010)

  • Premiered on March 19, 2010 by Elise Kuder, Michael Kelly, Rupert Thompson, , Gavin Martin
  • Martun Israelian - Adagio and Allegro for Piano Trio (2010)

  • Premiered on September 26, 2010 by Movses Pogossian, Timothy Landauer, Joanne Pearce Martin
  • Ian Krouse - Nocturnes (2010) for bariton and string quintet

  • Premiered by Vladimir Chernov, Searmi Park, Varty Manouelian, Andrew McIntosh, Timothy Landauer, Ian Krouse
  • Miyuki Ito - Floating Memories (2010) for marimba and violin

  • Premiered on October 31, 2010, by Kuniko Kato and Movses Pogossian
  • Artur Avanesov - A few aspects on global warming (2010)

  • Premiered on Oct. 31, 2010, by Kuniko Kato and Movses Pogossian
  • Vache Sharafyan - Verses (2010), for vibraphone and violin

  • Premiered on October 31, 2010 by Kuniko Kato and Movses Pogossian
  • Stepan Rostomyan - Tagh of Angels (2010) - US Premiere

  • Premiered by Tony Arnold, Movses Pogossian, Vardan Gasparyan, Tigran Arakelyan, Ryan Zwahlen, Andrea Moore, Vicki Ray
  • Vache Sharafyan - Have Merci on me, oh God (Psalm 51)

  • Premiered on September 25, 2011, by Daniel Plaster, Varty Manouelian, Movses Pogossian, Gina Coletti, Vardan Gasparyan
  • Artashes Kartalyan - String Quartet (2011)

  • Performed on December 18, 2018, by Movses Pogossian, Varty Manouelian, Brian Dembow, Ana Landauer
  • Tigran Mansurian - Canti Paralleli (2012, revised version)

  • Premiered on March 25th by Shoushik Barsoumian and Vicki Ray
  • Ashot Kartalyan - Piano Trio (2012)

  • Premiered on April 15, 2012 by Movses Pogossian, Kim Scholes, Vicki Ray
  • Artur Avanesov - "Praise the Lord" (2012)

  • Premiered on February 24, 2013 by Lark Choir, Vatsche Barsoumian, cond.
  • Ian Krouse - Fire of Sacrifice (2011)

  • Premiered on April 21, 2013 by Shoushik Barsoumian, soprano and the Lark Choir under the direction of Vatsche Barsoumian
  • Gabriela Lena Frank - Seven Armenian Songs (2013)

  • Premiered on April 21, 2013 by Tony Arnold, soprano, Kuniko Kato, percussion, and Movses Pogossian, violin
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