Ashot Ariyan Introduces Specially Commissioned Work, "Nashville Nocturne"

Composer Ashot Ariyan announces his hauntingly beautiful "Nashville Nocturne", specially composed for the 2023 Nashville International Chopin Piano Competition's Audience Choice Award, for Young Musician II and Artist category competitors
Composer Ashot Ariyan
Composer Ashot Ariyan
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - June 11, 2023 - PRLog -- Management of the Nashville International Chopin Piano Competition, in collaboration with renowned composer Ashot Ariyan, today announced his specially commissioned work, "Nashville Nocturne", that competitors in the Young Musician II and Artist categories can opt to perform in order to compete for the $2,000 Audience Choice Award. Ariyan's work brings a remarkable modern twist to the Nocturne genre so beloved by Frédéric Chopin, whose genius produced more than 20 of these deeply personal gems.

In a video message released to the public today, Ariyan elaborated on the nature of this hommage to Chopin's style, combined with elements of Blues in honor of the Tennessee traditions that are native to the Competition's home state. He also mentioned the proximity of Nashville to Memphis, the traditional seat of blues, and discussed his thoughts on the correct rubato, intonation, and pedaling that he would prioritize in interpreting the work. He concluded by welcoming competitors to Nashville and conveying his and Competition Management's eagerness to hear performers play this work.

Competition Artistic Director, Dr. Graciella Kowalczyk, was quoted as saying, "We are so pleased to announce the commissioned work, "Nashville Nocturne", by Ashot Ariyan, whose performance will serve as the basis for the Audience Choice award. This work underscores the timeless nature of the Nocturne genre and brings a beautiful and whimsically bluesy modernity to it. We look forward to hearing it interpreted by the outstanding young pianists who will be converging on Nashville this October and hope many will accept the challenge."

Competition applications are currently being accepted. For more information, please refer to the competition website, or to begin your application, go directly to the secure online application form hosted on the secure Accepted platform.

Joshua Izzard, Administrative Director


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