GPM supports a gifted Russian pianist

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in GPM in the media

Eduard Kunz, Tumanyan’s great-grandson

Novoe Vremya
24 September 2013


On the Independence Day a concert, which stood out in the intensive musical life of Yerevan, took place in the Aram Khachaturian Grand Hall. That was a big success of Russian pianist Eduard Kunz, who was named among ten tomorrow’s great pianists by the BBC Music Magazine.

Eduard Kunz performed with the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra under the guidance of conductor and artistic director Eduard Topchan. The concert programme included European classics and Aram Khachaturian. “My great-grandfather was Tumanyan, and it is my first visit to the country of which I heard so much and where so many of my friends live. That is why this concert is so important for me and it is the key event for my season,” the musician said.

Eduard Kunz studied at the famous Gnessin Special School for gifted children, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Royal Northern College of Music (UK). He has performed with almost every major orchestra in the UK and numerous European orchestras. He tours all around Europe in the most prestigious concert halls, his performances are broadcast on all classical radio stations of Europe, including BBC, radios of France, Germany and other countries. Eduard is a winner of thirteen first prizes of International Piano Competitions including the Grand Prix of George Enescu Competition in Bucharest and Gold Medals of the New Orleans and Paderewski International Piano Competitions.

Besides the gala concert Eduard Kunz also held a master class for students of the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. “The master class went really great. A lot of people attended, two talented girls performed. It was very interesting for me to have this three-hour class with them,” he said.

The Armenian tour of Eduard Kunz was organized by GeoProMining together with the Armenian Ministry of Culture. Mining group GPM actively supports cultural projects in the regions of its presence including Armenia. “We are glad to contribute to strengthening partnership and friendship between Russia and Armenia in business, education and culture,” said Siman Povarenkin, Chairman of GeoProMining Group. The company provides funding for the Stanislavsky Russian Drama Theatre in Yerevan and promotes the use of the Russian language in Armenia.

The Yerevan audience said good-bye to the brilliant pianist being fully confident they will see him again and again.