Armenia. Our Heritage at George Town Festival, Malaysia

Armenia. Our Heritage

Armenia. Our Heritage is a project programmed and conceptualised specifically for George Town Festival to showcase the Armenian roots and contribution in Penang’s cosmopolitan history. The name of the show is set to imply that Armenian heritage belongs to the people of Penang (the audience), as well as the Armenians (the artists). Hence, the word “our”, that covers both artists and the audience.

The programme aims to highlight the vibrant, somewhat unknown and mysterious music of Armenia. It consists of folk tunes, traditional songs, classics and urban culture music by composers such as Aram Khachaturian, Komitas and Arno Babajanian. Performed by native Armenian musicians, this show promises to be an utterly unique event.


Ani Umedyan, Violin (Armenia): Ani has been living in Singapore since 2008, and is an alumni of the Yerecan State Conservatory. An experienced chamber music artist, Ani has travelled in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She is the co-founder of the “Armenian Heritage Ensemble”.

Gayane Vardanyan, Vocal (Armenia): Gayane is a notable Armenian opera singer who has been working with the Armenian National Opera Theatre for decades. She is also a co-founder of the “Armenian Heritage Ensemble”.

Kseniia Vokhmianina, Piano (Ukraine): A prize-winner of many international piano competitions held in Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Serbia, Malaysia and Singapore, Kseniia appears regularly on European and Asian concert stages and has been the guest artist for numerous music festivals in Montenegro, Ukraine, Lithuania and Vietnam.

Gevorg Sargsyan, Cello (Armenia): Gevorg has been conducting orchestras around the world for the past decade. Winner of the Georg Solti Award, he is an alumni of the Armenian State Conservatory and Vienna Konservatorium.

30 August | 4pm & 6pm at the Heritage Wing Lobby of Eastern & Oriental Hotel
For more information, please contact George Town Festival Secretariat at [email protected]