Kissin is received with state honours in Armenia

December 29, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The president of Armenia, Serzh Sargysan, called in the visiting pianist for a meeting yesterday.

He thanked Evgeny Kissin for being one of the few world artists to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian genocide, an atrocity still denied by its Turkish neighbours.

Comments (10)

  1. Stuart Percy says:

    The other one being Jordi Savall

  2. Olassus says:

    It is a wonder President Trump doesn’t likewise note this piece of Turkish history.

    1. Steve P says:

      Guarantee it is in Trump’s back pocket: if the Turks keep running their mouths about Israel, I’m sure he will bring it up in the most indelicate way possible.

    2. Petros Linardos says:

      Being informed is beyond his dignity.

  3. Herr Doktor says:

    Thank you, NL for this news item, and thank you, Evgeny Kissin, for your great artistry and greater humanity.

  4. MacroV says:

    Good on Kissin, but I’m not sure about his being seen with Sargsyan, also a highly corrupt and undemocratic leader of the sort we are well familiar with in that part of the world.

    1. Theodore McGuiver says:

      In any part of the world, let’s face it.

      1. Saxon Broken says:

        Huh? In Europe and the US, and certain other countries, the government is elected clearly democratically, even if you don’t agree with the choice of the electorate.

        1. M2N2K says:

          Unfortunately sometimes “democratically” elected leaders turn out to be corrupt and/or undemocratic.

  5. Been Here Before says:

    Mr. Lebrecht, could you please post your latest WSJ review of Kissin’s memoir book? It it behind the pay wall. Thank you!

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