Important Halls

Carnegie Hall (USA)

Lincoln Center – Alice Tully Hall (USA)

Strathmore Hall (USA)

National Theater & Concert Hall (Republic of China, Taiwan)

Cité de la Musique (France)

Le Quartz (France)

Тhéâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (France)

Teatro Dal Verme (Italy)

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Russia)

The St. Petersburg Court Chapel (Russia)

The State Hermitage Museum Hall St. Petersburg (Russia)


Important Festivals

The International Music Festival of Sion Valais (Switzerland)

Emilia-Romagna (Italy)

Festival Ljubljana (Slovenia)

RheinVokal festival (Germany)

MustonenFest (Estonia)


Polyfollia (France)

The Easter Festival (Russia, Gergiev)

Prosvetitel (Russia, Valaam)

Gaude Mater (Poland)

Logos (Poland)

Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (Poland)

Festival van Vlaanderen (Belgium)

Les Sacrees Journees (France)

La Fabbrica del Canto (Italy)

Imago Dei (Austria)

Südtirol (Italy)


Collaboration with living composers, conductors and performers

Krzysztof Penderecki

Sofia Gubaidulina

Rodion Shchedrin

Giya Kancheli

Andres Mustonen

Robertas Shervenikas

David Geringas

John Nelson

Michal Klauza

Bronius Kutavičius

Lior Shambadal

Florian Helgath

Gidon Kremer


Important Awards

Gold Medal at the First World Choir Olympiad in Linz (Austria) 2000

Best Classical Album “Six Fables” based on the fables of Vardan Aygektsi (USA) 2002

“We are All in this Together” Music Award (USA) 2003

The Best Musical Project for the choral performance “The Parallel” (Armenia) 2009

Gold Medal of the Ministry of Culture of Armenia (Armenia) 2011

The Best Project of the Year - “Tsitsernak” Music Award (Armenia) 2017

The Best Music Group of the Year - “Thitsernak” Music Award (Armenia) 2018



VivaCell-MTS company

“Luys” Foundation

“Aurora” humanitarian initiative Gratitude in Action”


Famous musicians about Hover State Chamber Choir

 1. Krzysztof Penderecki (Polish composer and conductor)

“Hover is the best choir I have ever heard.  And I have heard thousands of them”.

2. Rodion Shchedrin (Russian composer and pianist)

“The performance of “The Sealed Angel” liturgy by Hover chamber choir conducted by Sona Hovhannisyan was amazing, simply fabulous. The choir prepared themselves inwardly, in their hearts. The concert hall was packed, people were standing in the aisle due to lack of seats. You could record live there. There exists an old tradition of sacred music in the Armenian culture”.

3. Sofia Gubaidulina (Russian composer)

“The choir was wonderful. I am overwhelmed. In the piece “Jetzt immer Schnee” that the choir performed there is a small verse that is always read by man. When I learned it was to be read by woman's voice I felt a little worried. It was incredible, unforgettable how profoundly touching it sounded…”

4. Gabor Moczar (Vice president of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat)

“It is my privilege to greet on behalf of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat the wonderful Hover Chamber Choir for being an outstanding cultural ambassador of Armenian choral music! Wishing much success to you all for your future activity. Also forwarding the best wishes of our president, Mr. Sante Fornasier and the Board of European Choral

Association – Europa Cantat”.

5. Atom Egoyan (film director)

" 'Armenian Voices' is a wonderful introduction to an amazing choir. This is a beautifully produced CD that I will cherish".

6. Eduard Topchjan (Artistic Director and Principle Conductor of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra)

“Hover chamber choir is indeed a unique phenomenon in the modern Armenian musical reality. Due to high level of proficiency and a unique interpretational manner typical to Hover, the choir has gained acclaim and appreciation not only in Armenia but also beyond its borders, spreading the art of the Armenian choral singing all over the world. Our mutual productive and enjoyable creative cooperation is bound to last”.

7. Anna Arevshatyan (Doctor of Arts)

“It's necessary to point out absolutely amazing participation in performing of “Styx” by Giya Kancheli of Hover Chamber Choir led by Sona Hovhannisyan. Many years she bravely takes over most difficult choral scores and skillfully interprets them. Hover Choir is an undisputed leader among other Armenian choral groups”.