Tatev Hakobyan and Anahit Stelmashova win Music of Armenia and Atken Armenian Foundation Fellowships

Anahit Stelmashova and Tatev Hakobyan

Beginning of February 2018, Music of Armenia announced an open call for Music of Armenia and Atken Armenian Foundation Fellowship for Young Girls in MusicThe fellowships were open to two talented young girls within the frameworks of Women’s Musical Month, a month-long project by Music of Armenia celebrating the legacy of Armenian female musicians and their music. Women's Musical Month took place from 7th April to 8th March 2018.

Appreciating the importance of folk and classical music in the Armenian musical heritage, the fellowships were offered in two categories - Classical music, for instrument or voice and Folk music, again for instrument or voice. Both fellowships were open to girls between the ages of 7 and 17 who reside in Armenia, Artsakh and Javakhk (Georgia).  

Both categories received submissions from a big number of highly talented candidates. The international jury consisting of highly acclaimed musicians from across a variety of genres - Isabel Bayrakdarian, Arax Mansourian, Garik Papoyan, Sebu Simonian, Ani Kavafian,  Aline Kutan, Agnes Grossmann and Hasmik Harutyunyan - selected two aspiring young ladies who will receive the fellowships.

On behalf of Music of Armenia and Atken Armenian Foundation we would like to congratulate kanon player Tatev Hakobyan for winning Music of Armenia Fellowship for Young Girls in Music in the Folk Music category and classical pianist Anahit Stelmashova for winning Atken Armenian Foundation Fellowship for Young Girls in Music in the Classical Music category.

Special thanks to Vatche and Tamar Manoukians, Atken Armenian Foundation and Jacob Yahiayan for their generous financial support.