May 30, 2016
The Aram Khachaturian Competition has a rich history of discovering young musicians

Thomas Yaksic is a jury member of the 12thAram Khachaturian International Competition. He is the Casting Director and Artistic Administrator at Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, and has focused his career on the programming and production of opera, concerts and piano recitals.

Our guest shared his opinion about the Aram Khachaturian Competition.

“I think that this competition has a rich history of discovering young musicians. The support of young conductors is particularly important because it allows them to showcase their talent, which they can’t always do elsewhere. This 12-year-old competition is especially well prepared to help them with this challenge”.

According to Mr. Yaksic, conducting competitions are the most complex and subjective types of contests, which mean a great responsibility for the jury. In this regard, the competition is not just the announcement of the winner. The jury members and the organizers can support the participants to develop their careers.

Thomas Yaksic also noted that his wife is of Armenian descent, and her family moved to Chile years ago. Thus, his relationship to Armenia is strong. “There is a picture of Aram Khachaturian at my in-laws’ house. The picture was taken during the trip of maestro Khachaturian to Buenos Aires and the ancestors of my wife met him there. I value the fact that Aram Khachaturian was always faithful to his national traditions, Armenian and Caucasian cultural roots. The powerful musical intonations of his masterpieces excite and infect with great optimism”.