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about 1900+ project

1900+ is a World Piano Music Concerts Series of the 20th Century and Contemporary Music, which is the initiative of Armenian pianist Hayk Melikyan. It was launched in 2009. The Series include the works of different composers all over the world composed after the year of 1900.

1900+ aims to promote the Contemporary piano music through the special recitals of Hayk Melikyan, dedicated to different cultures and nations, holding of special competitions for composers, presenting world premiers of new works, publishing new scores and releasing CDs.

The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Diplomatic Missions in Armenia.


1900+ first CD edition

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The First Edition of 1900+ CD presents Armenian Contemporary Music and the Pieces which were specially composed and dedicated to pianist Hayk Melikyan. The Edition contains the works by Karen Ananyan, Artur Akshelyan, Aram Hovhannisyan, Edward Sadoyan, Sofya Mikayelyan, Mosh Sahakyan, Jirayr Shahrimanyan.


1900+ world piano music concert series by hayk melikyan
2009-2015 Period

Presented by the Embassy of Czech Republic in Armenia

September 28, 2015, Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall
10th Concert: CZECH MUSIC

Works by Bohuslav Martinů, Leoš Janáček, Alois Haba, Ervin Schulhoff, Petra Bakla, Jiří Gemrot, Viktor Kalabis

Presented by the Embassy of Italian Republic in Armenia
April 03, 2014, Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall
9th Concert: ITALIAN MUSIC

Works by Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luigi Nono, Salvatore Sciarrino, Ada Gentile, Nino Nicolosi, Rosario Mirigliano

Presented by the Embassies and Consulates of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Armenia
December 18, 2013, Komitas Chamber Music Hall

Works by Mikolajus Čiurlionis, Vytautas Barkauskas, Balis Dvarionas, Arvo Pärt, Urmas Sisask, Georgs Pelēcis, Pēteris Vasks.

Presented by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Armenia
June 30, 2013, Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall

Works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Wolfgang Rihm, Helmut Lachenmann, Hans Werner Henze.

Presented by the American University of Armenia
November 17, 2012, Akian Hall at the American University of Armenia

Works by John Cage, Elliott Carter, Henry Cowell, Morton Feldman, George Crumb.

Presented by the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia
June 28, 2012, Komitas Chamber Music Hall
Works by Frank Martin, Henri Gagnebin, Michael Jarrell, Heinz Holliger, Beat Furrer, Eric Gaudibert, Daniel Glaus, Karen Ananyan, Klaus Huber, Edward Staempfli, Aram Hovhannisyan, Artur Akshelyan.

Presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Armenia
November 25, 2011, Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall

Works by Karol Szimanowski, Andzej Panufnik, Witold Lutoslawski, Krzistof Meyer, Grazyna Bacewicz, Henryk Gorecki, Arno Babajanyan, Jirayr Shahrimanyan, Edward Sadoyan, Hayk Meliyan.

Presented by the Cafesjian Center for the Arts
December 15, 2010, Special Events Auditorium at the Cafesjian Center for the Arts
3rd Concert: JAPANESE MUSIC:
Works by Toru Takemitsu, Akira Miyoshi, Ichiro Nodaira, Shoko Natsuda, Yoshihisa Taira, Naoko Kachi, Yoritsune Matsudaira.

Presented by the Embassy of the French Republic in Armenia
April 30, 2010, Chamber Music Hall
2nd Concert: FRENCH MUSIC

Works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ohana, Pierre Boulez, Michel Karsky, Pascal Dusapin.

Presented by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Armenia
October 03, 2009, Aram Khachaturyan Museum Hall
1st Concert: RUSSIAN MUSIC

Works by Sergey Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Nikolay Medtner, Igor Stravisnsky, Alexander Mosolov, Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich, Galina Ustvolskaya, Rodion Shchedrin.


1900+ call for piano works

At the end of 2010 Hayk Melikyan, the Artistic Director of 1900+ announced a Call for Piano Works for Armenian Composers all over the world. In four months after the launch of the Call, four compositions were selected from over 30 applications. All of them were recorded and performed by Hayk Melikyan in Armenia and several European countries in 2011-2012. The scores of each Piece were published in 2012 by 1900+. And finally, all recordings of the selected compositions were included into the First Edition of 1900+ CD in the beginning of 2013.



Armenian Culture is known for its high sensibility towards all artistic expression. Contemporary Swiss Music falls on a particular fertile ground here. I thank pianist Hayk Melikyan for his accurate rendering of the works of some our greatest composers of the last forty years. Thanks to his talented and capturing performance, the names H.Holliger, M.Jarrell, B.Furrer, K.Huber, E.Staempfli and E.Gaudibert from now on will be firmly anchored in Armenia.

Lukas Gasser

Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republic of Armenia

"I am greatly honoured that internationally renowned Armenian pianist Hayk Melikyan is the one who introduces the works of Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis and Balys Dvarionas to the broader audience in Armenia. While an older Armenian generation of music lovers was quite familiar with the works of the two most famous Lithuanian composers of the first half of the 20th century, the younger one, I am sure, will discover the beauty and elegance of the Lithuanian piano music under a very sensitive, emotionally nuanced and touching interpretation of Maestro Hayk Melikyan."

Erikas Petrikas

Ambassador of Lithuania
to the Republic of Armenia


1900+ publications


Karen Ananyan, 1900+

Karen Ananyan (b.1976):
The Black & White
for piano


Edward Sadoyan, 1900+

Edward Sadoyan (b.1938):
Dedication to Arshil Gorky
for piano, gong and campana


Jirayr Sharimanyan, 1900+

Jirayr Shahrimanyan (b.1988):
Four Tankas
for piano


Mosh Sahakyan, 1900+

Mosh Sahakyan (b.1983):
Désordre, for piano and electroacoustic sounds


Edward Sadoyan, 1900+

Edward Sadoyan (b.1938):
for piano