Hover State Chamber Choir
“Hover” State Chamber Choir
“Hover” State Chamber Choir is open to all genres of choral music.The choir appeared with choral-theatrical performances, large-scale vocal-symphonic, operatic and chamber traditional as well as experimental projects (staging of the Dance songs by Komitas, choral-theatrical performances “6 Fables”, “The Parallel”, adapted version of “Anouche” opera, non-traditional arrangements of folk songs of Aparan region in cooperation with “Vahagn Hayrapetian Trio”, “Amen” project, yearly projects of Artsakh, staging of the opera “Ring of Fire” by A. Terterian, regional concerts, etc.
The choir has been collaborating with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO), the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia (NCOA), the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, (SYOA) the “Yerevan Perspectives”, “Golden Apricot”, “Komitas”, “A. Khachaturian” festivals as well as with a number of other orchestras, choirs and festivals in Armenia. In cooperation with Eduard Topchjan and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra “Hover” choir has realised the staging of dozens of operas (“Eugene Onegin”, “Tosca”, “Cavalleria Rusticana”, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, “Madame Batterfly”, “I Pagliacci”, “La Boheme”, “Arstvaberd” and others.
The repertoire of the choir is diverse. “Hover” is the initiator and the first performer of a number of works by Armenian composers: V. Sharafian, A. Avanesov, A. Azizyan, S. Yerkanyan, Y. Yerkanyan, S. Babatorosyan as well as a number of young Armenian composers.
The choir has recorded 7 CDs.
“Hover”took part in recording soundtracks to films“Ararat”, (director A. Egoyan) “La masseria delle Allodole” (The Lark Farm) – directors Taviani brothers, “Namus” (restored version of Arte studio), “Tevanik” (director Jivan Avetisyan), “The Promise” (director Terry George), “Pepo”theatrical spectacle (music by V. Sharafian)and others.
“Hover” choir appeared with concerts in Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Russia, Poland, Taiwan, Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, USA, Lebanon, Switzerland, Slovenia. It has taken part in a number of international choral competition-festivals in Arezzo (Italy), Tours (France), choir olympiad in Linz (Austria), festivals of sacred music “Gaude Mater”, “Logos” (Poland), “Festival van Vlaanderen” (Belgium), “Les Sacrees Journees” (France) and Valery Gergiev's Easter Festival (Russia), international festivals for professional choirs “Polyfollia” (France) and “La Fabbrica del Canto”(Italy) , “MustonenFest” (Estonia), “Ludwig van beethoven Easter Festival”(Poland), “MIDEM” (France), “Beiteddine Art Festival” (Lebanon), “The International Music Festival of Sion Valais” (Switzerland), “Emilia-Romagna” (Slovenia), “Südtirol”(Italy), “RheinVokal festival” (Germany), “The Illuminator” (Просветитель) (Valaam, Russia).
The choir appeared in prestigious concert halls and on the stages of “Teatro Dal Verme” (Italy), “Тhéâtre Nanterre-Amandiers”, “Cité de la Musique”, “Le Quartz” (France), “Strathmore Hall”, “Carnegie Hall”, Lincoln Center – Alice Tully Hall” (USA).
Hover's performances of compositions by S. Gubaidulina, R. Shchedrin, K. Penderecki, G. Kancheli as well as a number of other prominent contemporary composers have gained great appreciation. “Hover”chamber choir has appeared with a number of prominent musicians and composers, among them G. Kremer, A. Mustonen, R. Shervenikas, D. Geringas, J. Nelson, M. Klauza, B. Kutavičius, L. Shambadal, F. Helgath.
In 2009 “Hover” was awarded with the status of a State choir. Constant active cooperation with the Ministry of culture of Armenia has encouraged stable promotion of the choir.
“Hover” chamber choir continues to present new projects aiming at promotion of contemporary choral art by enriching the palette of the Armenian choral music.
Starting from 2011 “Hover” has continued its activity as a member of the National Center of Chamber Music.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its professional activity “Hover”state chamber choir was awarded a Gold Medal of the Ministry of Culture of Armenia. And in 2017 the choir was honoured with “The best project of the year” award at the “Tsitsernak” ceremony.
Starting from 2013 the VivaCell-MTS company (General Manager R. Yirikian) has become the General Sponsor of the “Hover” State chamber choir. This circumstance initiated a new significant stage for the choir promoting its creativeness, presenting conditions for realization of its versatile ideas and projects in full volume. Starting from year 2017 the circle of supporters of the choir has been enriched by the cooperation with TSD (Technology and Science Dynamics) and “Aurora” (A Prize for Awakening Humanity). We do hope that this new cooperation of ours will provide a new quality charge to the choir activity.
“Hover”state chamber choir was founded and has been conducted by Professor of Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, Honored Worker of Art Sona Hovhannisyan.