Mirak-Weißbach-Stiftung

April 2017 – We visited Armenia from April 4-12 2017.
Flying to Yerevan, we also went to Gyumri, Yervandashat and Geghashen. The schedule was packed with meetings to visit completed projects and see old friends. Then we also identified some new projects and made new acquaintances. Our first priority was to see the progress made in projects the foundation has supported in the past years. Read Further

Februar 26, 2017 – Poland Welcomes Promising Armenian Vocalist
Lusine Arakelyan
“Incredible Lusine Arakelyan gave a great New Year’s concert at the Warsaw concert hall in front of 1,200 guests. Her beautiful voice and great musical experience are unforgettable. The audience gave her several standing ovations. The orchestra conductor also praised her voice and performance.” This is how singer and music critic Kristina Sulzichka put it in a review of the event. Read Further

August 18, 2016 – A Special Light Shines through Art
When artist Hakob Hovhannisyan returned to Armenia in 2008, after having lived and worked for years in St. Petersburg, he started looking for a place near his native Gumri to set up his studio. Among the many locations he surveyed was Gusanagyugh, a small village about 20 kilometers outside Gumri. It was the particular quality of light that fascinated him. Read Further

July 9, 2016 - Concert in the Gegashen Music School
On June 5, 2016 students at the Gegashen Music School gave a concert to conclude the academic year, with the new piano donated by the Mirak-Weissbach Foundation. School principal Mariam Kazaryan, left at the podium, greeted guests.The newspaper "Kotayq" published a report on the concert. Read Further

May 2016 – Visit to Armenia 2016
From April 20 to 27, Muriel Mirak-Weissbach and her husband Michael Weissbach visited Armenia. They took part in the Aurora-Dialogues in Yerevan which dealt with the international refugee crisis, and in the awarding ceremony for the Aurora-Prize for Awakening Humanity Read Further





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October 23, 2015 – Lusine Arakelyan Sings in Italy and Spain
In September 2015 Lusine Arakelyan participated in master classes and the Montserrat Caballé International Singing competition. The Fourth Master Class in Opera Singing (Canto Lirico) were held in Trevignano Romano (near Rome) under the direction of Italian soprano Stefania Bonfadelli and Maestro Simone Maria Marziali. The Mirak-Weissbach Foundation sponsored her air fare from Yerevan to Rome and Barcellona, and return.

Lusine Arakelyan

Lusine Arakelyan in Trevignano Romano.


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Lusine Arakelyan and Stefania Bonfadelli.


23 October 2015 – Dancing in a Renovated Cellar
The Mirak-Weissbach Foundation provided funds for the renovation of the Children Support Center of FAR (Fund for Armenian Relief) in 2014. In addition to providing a safe, clean and warm area for sports during the winter, the cellar facilities can be used for other activities, for example, dance classes.

http://blog.farusa.org/2015/07/13/far-scholarships-far-students-reach-vulnerable-children-through-dance/



Gyumri, October 2-5, 2014 – This year the Weissbachs’ trip to Armenia took place from September 29 to October 9. They visited friends of the music school in Gyumri and were treated to a concert in the recital hall, which featured the Blüthner piano. It was very clear that the new instrument is held in highest esteem. The school is blossoming and developing, and the number of students has grown over the first year to more than 200.

Bluethner-Fluegel

At the music school in Gyumri the new Blüthner is held in high esteem and is played, as here, mainly at recitals.



Yerevan, October 10, 2014 – Accompanied by Margarit Piliposyan of the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), the Weissbachs visited two social projects: the home for young women in Etchmiatzin Mer Doon and the Child Support Center Foundation in Yerevan.
(See report under Projects 2014!)

Lusine Arakelyan wins second prize at Komitas Festivals.
On June 7, 2014 soprano Lusine Arakelyan took part in the voice competition at the 3rd international Komitas Festival, held in at the Schloss Prötzel, Germany, and won the second prize.
(link to Komitas Festival homepage: http://www.komitas-festival.de/festival/ziele/)

Katowice, in October 2014 – On the invitation of Director Grzegorz Mierzvinski, Lusine Arakelyan sang in several concerts in Katowice, Poland. She was accompanied by the Kopalnia Wegla Kamiennego Murcki Staszic Orchestra, and performed 12 pieces, among others, songs by Komitas and Dolukhanyan. The concerts were received with enthusiasm. For the young soprano Lusine, these were the first concerts in which she was officially engaged by contract as a soloist – a big step in her still young career.

Lusine-Polen

Lusine Arakelyan (3. von l.) sang auch Konzerte in Katowice.