Head of Conducting Department
Over the past twenty five years, Alan Chircop conducted over thirty-five international orchestras in various theatres, concert halls and festivals in twenty different countries.
Apart from the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Central Hall in London; the London Concert Orchestra at the London Coliseum – English National Opera; the Sofia Philharmonic – National Orchestra of Bulgaria; the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia; the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan; the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Macedonia; the Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra of Turkey; the State Philharmonic Orchestras of Astana and Almaty, the Orchestra ‘Academy of Soloists’ and the Pavlodar Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan; the Symphonic Orchestra of the State National Theatre of Kyrgyzstan; the Karelian State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tavrichesky Orchestra of Leningrad Region - St. Petersburg, the Kuban Symphony Orchestra, the Kislovodsk - Mineralnye Vody State Symphony Orchestra, the Altai Krai State Philharomonic, the Sochi Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra in Russia; L’Orchestra Citta’ di Ravenna and L’Orchestra Sinfonica Duchi d’Acquaviva in Italy; the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra; the Leopoli State Symphony Orchestra and the Kiev Virtuosi of Ukraine; L' Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon-Provence in France; the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra in Czech Republic; the Mihail Jora Philharmonic of Bacau in Romania; the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria; the Westsächsische Philharmonie and the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphony Orchestra Leipzig in Germany; the Camerata con Cor(d)e of Belgium and various chamber concerts in Croatia and United Arab Emirates among others.
Head of Cello Department
Now regarded as one of the finest cellists of the younger generation, Alexander Chaushian has performed extensively throughout the world as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin-in- the-Fields, The London Mozart Players, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Boston Pops and The Armenian Philharmonic, and has given highly acclaimed performances in such venues as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi Milan, Konzerthaus Vienna, Suntory Hall Japan, the main Carnegie Hall New York, and Symphony Hall Boston.
He performs regularly in festivals throughout the world and is the Artistic Director of the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus and the Yerevan Music Festival in Armenia.
After initial studies in Armenia, Alexander Chaushian studied in the UK at the Menuhin School and the Guildhall School, London. He then pursued advanced studies at the Hochschule Berlin, graduating with distinction in 2005. He is a laureate prize winner of many international competitions including the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD Competition in Germany. As an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, New York, he toured extensively in the USA. Amongst the many distinguished musicians whom he has collaborated with are Yehudi Menuhin, Julia Fischer, Levon Chilingirian, Yuri Bashmet, Diemut Poppen, François-Frédéric Guy, Emmanuel Pahud. His regular chamber music partner is Yevgeny Sudbin.
Head of Violin Department
Aiman Mussakhajayeva is the Rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts and the famous violinist. Professor Ayman Kozhabekovna Mussakhajayeva is the winner of many international competitions. Among them are international competitions in Belgrade (1976); the N. Paganini in Genoa (1981), Tokyo (1983), behalf of Sibelius in Helsinki (1985), V111 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986).
Since 1993, A. Mussakhajayeva is a member of the jury of the International Violin Competition. P. I. Chaykovskiy (Moscow, Russia) and various International Violin Competitions.
Professor of Moscow, Almaty, Bishkek conservatories A. Mussakhajayeva has been active and fruitful teaching career. Among her students are many winners of international and national competitions. She gives master classes in Europe, Asia and America.
For the great achievements in music Aiman Mussakhajayeva was awarded the title "People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (1986), "International Academy of creativity" (1998), UNESCO's honorary title "Artist for Peace" (1998). In 2000 she was awarded the State Prize in literature, art and architecture. In 2002, the Club of patrons of Kazakhstan has awarded her with "Platinum Tarlan". In 2002, Aiman Mussakhajayeva’s name appeared on the list of the World Honored IBC "2000 outstanding musicians of the twentieth century", published annually by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge University. Center awarded the singer with a medal for her achievements and contribution to the development of world music.
Head of Clarinet Department
".. I am very impressed by the sound beauty, the dynamics quality, the tone colour play, the musical expressiveness and fantasy rendering" [Karl Leister - historical first clarinet of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin conducted by Herbert von Karajan]; “in a word, superbly” [Fanfare Magazine USA]; “perfect musicality” [Musica Magazine]; “masterfully
interpretation” [The Clarinet USA], “admirable coherence, a whole warm, rich and very charming sound” [Journal ofMusic].
Musicians who added a significant contribution to his artistic development are Angelo Clemente, Romeo Tudorache and Karl Leister. His artistic collaboration with Karl Leister, Fabio Bidini, Yuri Gandelsman, Paolo Pollastri, Francesco Pomarico, Ovidiu Balan, Riccardo Ceni, Ivano Battiston, Fabio Di Cásola, Victoria Soames Samek, Aurelian Octav Popa, Mark Clinton, Karen Becker, Angelo Inglese, Landon Baumgard, Patrick Messina,
Enesco Quartet (Paris) and Giuliano Mazzoccante, with which it forms a stable DUO, is remarkable.
Head of Saxophone Department
Hayrapet Arakelyan was praised as one of the leading saxophonist of his generation during his performance at the Eurovision young musicians competition in 2010.
Mr. Arakelyan has appeared in numerous international music festivals in Paris, Boston, St. Petersburg, Aberdeen, Zurich, New York, Singapore , Berlin. In 2011, he was invited by the Italian Saxophone Association to conduct a master class and a solo recital at the XVII Stage Internationale del Saxofono di Fermo. In addition, he has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at many music festivals, including the Mosel Festival, the Beethoven Fest Bonn, Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, the Bachfest Leipzig, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the Musikfestival Graffeneg the Schumann Festival in Dusseldorf, the Emilia Romanga Musicfestival and the New York Chamber Music Festival.
Mr Arakelyan is also an active chamber musician. In 2010, Mr. Arakelyan founded a duo with the pianist Gleb Koroleff. and won the First Prize and the special “New York Debut” Prize at the International Salieri-Zinetti Chamber Music Competition in Verona. They performed numerous concerts in Italy and Germany, with recordings by the radio station RAI 3 and the Bavarian Broadcasting Company. In 2012, he extended his chamber music vision by cofounding the Fratres Trio with the pianist Rudolvs Vanks and the violinist Fedor Roudine.