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Anahit Tsitsikian

Welcome to Anahit Tsitsikians (1926-1999) official cdbaby page, home of the first renowned Armenian woman-violinist who during the Soviet times toured around the world in more than 100 cities; a professor who toughed at the State Conservatory in Yerevan about 40 years; a journalist who wrote more than 300 articles, scenarios for television and radio programs; a scientist who established a new branch of Armenian musicology The History of Performing Art and dedicated the last 20 years of her life to basic researches in the field of ancient music history and obviously became the founder of a new science in Armenia Musical Archaeology.
Anahit Tsitsikian was Merited
-Artist of Armenia (1967),
-PhD of Musical Science (1970),
- Professor of Music (1982).

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I would like to express my feeling of great satisfaction from the creative communication with the wonderful violinist. It's a great pleasure to play with her. The marvelous sound of her instrument, the delicacy of composing the phrase, the breadth and the might of the play, the scale of her performance - the richly talented performer possesses all these qualities., (1972)

I am very delighted of the talented interpretation of my concerto and am truly amazed with the maturity and skill of the young performer Anahit Tsitsikyan. God grant our national artists play in the way that this girl plays., (Oct 1943)

I should first of all voice about the pleasure that I had from the performance by Anahit Tsitsikyan. She is a gifted violinist with a peculiar, original, and distinctive talent. The overall impression is splendid. Technically she can excellently handle what she plays. She has a sort of wisdom and everything is wonderfully conceived of., (1948)
Violinist, Professor of Moscow Conservatory

Tsitsikyan is a very gifted violinist with warm sound and temperament. In Khachaturyans Concerto, she unfolded herself in an unexpected way. Overall, her performance made a magnificent impression on me: a vivid sound, brightness of performance ., (1948)
Violinist, Professor of Moscow Conservatory

Post graduate student of Moscow Conservatory Anahit Tsitsikyan is a gifted violinist with outstanding musical qualities. Her performance shows passionate and emotional principles, melodiousness, beautiful sounding as well as the feeling of style and interesting musical initiative. All this allows considering Tsitsikyan as a highly qualified violinist with a positive perspective of musical growth., (1953)
Violinist, Professor of Moscow Conservatory

Anahit Tsitsikyan is one of the leading performers in Soviet Armenia. Having a bright performing individuality, sense of the performance style, warmth of the sound and depth of the performance, Tsitsikyan attracts a large number of listeners by her performance. Often performing during concerts arranged at the Union of Composers, Ms. Tsitsikyan has proven as a most active propagandist of the music of classics and Soviet Armenian composers. Providing immense creative assistance to composers in producing new violin works, she very often appears to be their first performer., (1959)
Composer, National Artist of the USSR

The prominent musician and violinist Anahit Tsitsikyan is an artist with a strongly pronounced individuality. The nature of her performance is covered by romanticism; her emotionality never appears to contravene the sense of proportion and the purity of the taste, thus allowing accomplish big dynamic contrasts of the sound palette. Possessing a large sound volume and an exceptional virtuosity, the artist is free of stencil and neatly uses all arsenals of expressive means of her gift. She can equally grasp a passionate dramatic effect and a poetic lyricism and made use of these contrasting chiaroscuros with peculiar nobility and disengagement., (1960)
Violinist, National Artist of the Armenian SSR

I was favored to be one of the first listeners of the Concerto-poem by Edward Harutyunyan performed by Anahit Tsitsikyan. She is a prominent violinist!., (1961)
Violinist, Hungary, a friend of Bartok

While talking to Edward Harutyunyan: You can never stop writing music since you have a performer like Anahit Tsitsikyan., (1962)
Composer, Moscow

Dear Anahit, I listened to your records with great pleasure and admiration for your eloquent and rhythmically fascinating playing!., (1970)
Prominent Hungarian violinist

Dear Anahit, I have to say to you how great was the enjoyment I received the record of the Concerto-Poem by Harutyunyan. What a wonderful and strong piece! How much delicacy and courage of performance! Bravo!., (1970)
Violinist, professor of the Royal Music Academy, London

Anahit Tsitsikyan proved herself as virtuoso with the most remarkable strength and lucidity of expression, the kind of fiery brilliance that one associated only with Oistrach, for which reason alone she would rank with the foremost violinists of our time., (from a radio program, Colombo, Ceylon, February 1965)
Musical critic

A few instants of her play on the stage are enough to make certain that she has a powerful and bright musical individuality. With the warmth and ingenuousness of her performance she immediately grasps and conquers a listener. Charm of her play is not a result of external splendor but an expression of inner life of the artist, sincerity and wealth of her nature., (1969)
Musical critic of Le Mond, Paris