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1900+ | 2000+
A Glimpse into Modern Musical Landscapes

The 1900+ and 2000+ World Piano Music Concert Series, curated by pianist Hayk Melikyan, stand as exceptional initiatives aimed at introducing the works composed after 1900 (20th century) and 2000 (21st century) to the discerning Armenian audience. These two series offer a unique opportunity to explore the evolving cultural expressions of different nations, right within the heart of Yerevan.

The 1900+ series delves into the enchanting compositions of the 20th century, a period marked by significant cultural and artistic transformation. It provides a captivating window into the diverse musical tapestry of this era through expertly performed piano recitals, celebrating the innovative spirit of composers who reshaped the boundaries of musical expression.

In contrast, the 2000+ series places a contemporary spotlight on the new tendences of the 21st century, where technology and tradition converge to create cutting-edge musical landscapes. These performances offer an opportunity to engage with the ever-evolving world of modern cultural expression.

Both 1900+ and 2000+ serve as cultural bridges, inviting the Armenian audience to explore the rich and multifaceted world of contemporary music. These series aim to provide a concise and insightful glimpse into the musical legacies of the 20th and 21st centuries, making them an enriching addition to any proposal.

The "+" initiatives are supported by Diplomatic Missions in Armenia and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports (MoESCS).  

1900+ and embassy cd series

Performance as well as recording is an important incentive for any composer, this is the reason we triggered two other projects entitled "1900+ CD Series" & "Embassy CD Series."

The first one aims to empower young Armenian women composers as well as the new generation of composers in Armenia. Click here for the details.

Embassy CD series it the direct outcome of 1900+ Concert Series, aiming to professionally record and release the compositions presented by Hayk Melikyan within 1900+. Please, click here, for the list of implemented projects.

2000+ concerts

Presented by the Embassy of Germany in Armenia
October 18, 2022, Komitas Museum-Institute

German 21st Century Piano Music
Works by Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Barbara Heller, Hans Werner Henze, Matthias Pintscher, Wilfried Hiller, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Hans-Jürgen von Bose.

Presented by the Embassy of Poland in Armenia
July 22, 2021, Komitas Museum-Institute

Polish 21st Century Piano Music
Works by Wojciech Widłak, Krzysztof Meyer, Paweł Łukaszewski, Dobromila Jaskot, Paweł Malinowski, Marcin Stańczyk, Krzysztof Penderecki, Hayk Melikyan.

Presented by the Embassy of France in Armenia
July 14, 2020, Komitas Museum-Institute

French 21st Century Piano Music (Virtual Concert)
Works by Bruno Mantovani, Christophe Bertrand, Pierre Boulez, Pascal Dusapin,
Jacques Lenot, Michel Karsky/Hayk Melikyan.

1900+ concerts
2009-2024 Period

Presented by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia
In Partnership with the National Center of Chamber Music and Sarer Cultural Initiative
The 19th Concert in Honor of the 15th Anniversary of 1900+ (2009-2024): ARMENIAN MUSIC

Works by Komitas, Aram Khachaturian,
Arno Babadjanian, Edvard Mirzoian, Lazar Sarian, Harutiun Dellalian, Aram Hovhannisyan, Hayk Melikyan, Elen Yolchian.

Presented by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia
In Partnership with FastBank, Sarer Cultural Initiative
November 29, 2023, Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall
Special (the 18th) Concert in Honor of the 120th Anniversary of Aram Khachaturian

Works by Aram Khachaturian, Alexander Spendiarian
, Arno Babadjanian, Robert Andreasian.

Presented by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Armenia
May 27, 2022, Komitas Chamber Music Hall

Works by Louis Andriessen, Peter Schat, Ton de Leeuw, Joep Franssens, Douwe Eisenga,
Willem Breuker, Artur Avanesov, Narek Martirosian, Edvard Mirzoyan

Presented by the Embassy of Ukraine in Armenia & Union of Armenians in Ukraine
May 24, 2019, Komitas Museum-Institute

The 16th Concert: UKRAINIAN MUSIC
Works by Mykola Lysenko, Levko Revutsky, Valentin Silvestrov, Igor Shamo, Maxim Kolomiiets, Bohdan Sehin, Sergey Pilyutikov.

Presented by the EU Delegation in Armenia
April 26, 2019, Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall
The 15th Concert in Honor of the 10th of 1900+ (2009-2019)

Works by Iannis Xenakis, André Boucourechliev, Leoš Janáček, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mikolajus Čiurlionis, Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks, Heinz Holliger, Claude Debussy, Henryk Górecki.

Presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Armenia
December 10, 2018, Komitas Museum-Institute
The 14th Concert: BULGARIAN MUSIC

Works by Pancho Vladigerov, Dimitar Nenov, André Boucourechliev, Andrey Diamandiev, Bojidar Spassov, Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, Peter Kerkelov.

Presented by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Armenia
March 13, 2017, Komitas Chamber Music Hall
The 13th Concert: ARGENTINE MUSIC

Works by Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, Maurizio Kagel, Juan Jose Castro, Ariel Ramirez, Silvina Milstein, Alessandro Civilotti.

Presented by the Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in Armenia
May 23, 2016, Komitas Chamber Music Hall
The 12th Concert: GREEK MUSIC

Works by Iannis Xenakis, Nikos Skalkottas, Georgia Spiropoulos, Dimitris Economou, Nicolas Tzortzis, Zesses Seglias, Panayiotis
A. Kokoras, George Gurdjieff.

Presented by the Embassy of Brazil in Armenia
April 21, 2016, Komitas Chamber Music Hall
The 11th Concert: BRAZILIAN MUSIC

Works by Edson Zampronha, Radames Gnattali, Camargo Guarnieri, Osvaldo Lacerda, Roberto Victorio, Henrique Oswald, Silvio Ferraz, Weelington Gomes, Ronaldo Miranda, Ernst Mahle, Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Presented by the Embassy of Czech Republic in Armenia
October 19, 2015, Komitas Chamber Music Hall
The 10th Concert: CZECH MUSIC

Works by Bohuslav Martinů, Leoš Janáček, Alois Hába, Ervin Schulhoff, Petra Bakla, Ian Mikyska, Marek Kopelent, Miloslav Kabeláč, Luboš Fišer.

Presented by the Embassy of Italian Republic in Armenia
April 03, 2014, Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall
The 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 Górecki, 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
The 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
The 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
The 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+ publications

Karen Ananyan, 1900+

Karen Ananyan (b.1976)
The Black & White, for piano | listen

ISMN 979-0-801-604-55-2

Edward Sadoyan, 1900+


Edward Sadoyan (1938-2018)
Dedication to Arshil Gorky, for piano, gong and campana | listen

ISMN 979-0-801-604-53-8

Jirayr Sharimanyan, 1900+

Jirayr Shahrimanyan (b.1988)
Four Tankas, for piano | listen

ISMN 979-0-801-604-51-4

Mosh Sahakyan, 1900+

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

ISMN 979-0-801-604-56-9

Edward Sadoyan, 1900+

Edward Sadoyan (1938-2018)
Sonata-Monologue, for piano | listen

ISMN 979-0-801-604-58-3




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

Once again Hayk Melikyan displayed his amazing capacity of researching into compositions of so many composers, choosing a repertoire and performing with customary passion and technique.
The Brazilian Embassy is grateful for the cooperation with Hayk Melikyan to bring to Armenia the work of great Brazilian classical composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Radamés Gnatalli, Camargo Guarnieli and many others. Many premiers were presented during that event, bringing an enjoyable experience to the Armenian authorities, foreign diplomats and representatives of international organizations in Armenia, artists, friends and fans who filled every seat available in the hall.

Edson Marinho
Duarte Monteiro

Ambassador of Brazil
to the Republic of Armenia

Greek piano music had its premiere in Armenia thanks to the talented pianist Hayk Melikyan, who first played works of Nikos Skalkottas, Iannis Xenakis and also the contemporary and promising composers Georgia Spiropoulos, Dimitris Economou, Nicolas Tzortzis, Zesses Seglias, Panayotis Kokoras in the 1900+ world piano music series. He did it in a brilliant way proving his great gift in piano interpretation of not only classic but also
modern forms of music.

Ioannis Taghis

Ambassador of
the Hellenic Republic to the
Republic of Armenia

In 2014, the Italian Embassy’s cooperation with piano virtuoso Hayk Melikyan had the opportunity of spanning beyond Italy’s well-known classics and delving into its rich, but perhaps less known, musical production of the 20th century. Maestro Melikyan’s extraordinary talent and his uncommon versatility made him magnificently interpret and present to the Armenian public works by such Masters as Berio, Casella, Nono, and others. It was indeed a unique and much appreciated occasion for exploring new horizons and sharing them with all music lovers.

Giovanni Ricciulli

Ambassador of Italy
to the Republic of Armenia

I felt honoured and excited when we began discussing the possibility of a special concert by distinguished virtuoso Hayk Melikyan that would be dedicated to Czech contemporary music. Later, I was amazed by his wide knowledge of my country´s musical environment and shocked – in a positive way – at his courageous selection. He brought his demanding Yerevan audience not only well known pieces by Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů, but also music by Alois Hába, Marek Kopelent, Erwin Schulhoff and Miloslav Kabeláč, and even surprised everyone with two world premieres of pieces composed especially for that memorable concert. What a night! Our immense congratulations and thanks!

Petr Mikyska

of the Czech Republic
to the Republic of Armenia