SYDNEY, Australia — From their first performance as guest artists during the April 24 commemoration to two sell-out concerts at The Independent Theatre, the Khachaturian Trio captivated audiences with their mesmerizing performances of International and Armenian masterpieces.
The members of the Khachaturian Trio are Armine Grigoryan (piano), Karen Shahgaldyan (violin) and Karen Kocharyan (cello), who are not only distinguished virtuoso performing artists individually, but as an ensemble have managed to successfully create an almost perfect musical trinity through interweaving their profound sense of harmony with brilliant technique and craftsmanship.
Although a trio should have only three members, the group has adopted a fourth member, Sona Barseghian, who is in her own right a virtuoso pianist and a laureate from many distinguished international competitions. Barseghian accompanies the trio and performs with her mother, Armine Grigoryan, pieces written for two pianos or for four hands.
The trio’s tour of Sydney was the brainchild of Avo and Jacqueline Tevanian, who heard the trio perform in Yerevan earlier in the year at a special concert organized by Assadour Guzelian. Upon hearing the Khachaturian Trio perform, Avo Tevanian was so inspired that he decided to sponsor their trip to Australia so they could perform in Sydney as well. He contacted Toros Boghossian, chairman of the AGBU Sydney Chapter, and requested AGBU’s collaboration in organizing the trio’s tour and concerts in Sydney.
The AGBU Special Events Team was formed in 2006 to organize events to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the AGBU. The team successfully stagemanaged the performance of Tigranian’s “Anoush” Opera, with Arax Mansourian in the lead role.
Since then, the team has been involved in organizing many artistic and cultural events presented by the AGBU.