AIWA Holiday Party January 8 to Feature Mother-Daughter Duo


ARLINGTON, Mass. — The Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) Annual Armenian Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, January 8, at 2 p.m. at the Armenian Cultural Foundation, 441 Mystic St. Entertainment will be provided by Jasmin Atabekyan-Gasparyan, on piano, and her daughter, Emily Gasparyan, on violin. The program will include well-known classical, popular and Armenian compositions.

Jasmin Atabekyan-Gasparyan is the winner of France’s prestigious Pierre Lantier-Ober Piano Competition in Paris, the Aram Khachaturian Competition in Yerevan, and several other international competitions. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Yerevan Symphony and Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra in France, Greece and Armenia. Born in Armenia, she has recently moved to New England with her husband and their two children.

Her daughter, 14-year-old violinist Emily Gasparyan, was born in Yerevan. At the age of 5 she moved to Greece with her family. She has won numerous violin competitions, including the Young Talents with Orchestra competition in Milan, the Rafina competition in Athens, the Energy for Life competition in Vienna, and the Totenberg String Competition in the US.

AIWA celebrated its 25th anniversary last fall with an International Conference and Gala at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., and is now making plans to continue and expand its initiatives to advance the social, economic, and cultural interests of Armenian women – and all women – through networking, scholarships, publications, and support for women in Armenia.

The public is welcome and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP


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