The Khachaturian Trio was formed in 1999 as Trio Arsika and has toured extensively throughout North, Central, and South America, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, Malta, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Armenia, Australia, Japan, China, and Lebanon. They have performed in famous concert halls including Vienna’s Musikverein Sall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, London’s Purcell Room, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. In addition to the Malta International Music Festival, the trio has appeared at the Festival de las Artes in Costa Rica, the Festival International Cervantino in Mexico, and the Russiche Kammermusikfest in Hamburg. Critics have praised the trio’s virtuoso performances, warm sound, and deep musicality. The trio’s repertoire includes more than 75 compositions by 40 composers.
The Khachaturian Trio is comprised of Armine Grigoryan, piano, Karen Shahgaldyan, violin, and Karen Kocharyan, cello.
Classical Music Stars in Malta
Live from the Malta International Music Festival
The multicultural melting pot of Malta is home to the Malta International Music Festival, a major cultural event hosted annually by this Mediterranean island nation. One of the Festival’s most memorable concerts—the one recorded here—took place in 2017: a Trio Gala program for which the well-known Khachaturian Trio as well as five other brilliant musicians—formed into trios (and one duo)—performed a dazzling array of varied and highly appealing music.
The program includes both well-known and novel music by Maltese composers Joseph Vella and Alexey Shore; also Uzbekistan native Ilya Dimov. Highlights include a brilliant rendition of Khachaturian’s world-famous Sabre Dance in a version for piano trio, the sublime Andante from Arno Babadjanian’s Piano Trio, and a breathtaking performance of the much-loved Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and cello.