Pianist Takahiro Akiba at Komitas Museum-Institute on 27.09.2019 (Video)


- Welcome again to Armenia Mr. Akiba. The website japanarmenia.com wrote about you for the first time on May 4, 2015, when you were having a concert with the opera singer, soprano Araks Mansuryan at Komtas Chamber Music House titled “In the Country of Komitas”. After that you often visit Armenia. Actually when was your first visit to Armenia?

- It was in March in 2011.

- When did you start to get interested in Armenia?

- I think that it was in 2002, when I was watching figure skating of famous Russian skater Alexander Abt in the Winter Olympics taking place at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, he performed with the Armenian duduk music. I was totally impressed by the passages of duduk musical instrument and those passages led me to Armenia.

- As far as I am informed from Facebook, on September 22 with a group of Armenian musicians you visited the residency of the Ambassador of Japan to Armenia. What was the aim of the visit?

- It was just a gathering at the hospitable residency of the Ambassador of Japan to Armenia Mr. Yamada. There were people who contributed deeply for the cultural exchange between Japan and Armenia and were cooperating with me.

Author: H. Muradyan

translated from Armenian into English by M.Vardanyan