Life is rich. It is filled with reward and good example. If we look and listen, we experience an endless flow of inspiration, good deed and high character; of selflessness, generosity, and honest vision.
May I humbly share the first of these treasures:
Last November, I presented the Armenian Premiere performance of Alan Hovhaness' Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra-a work which the composer had given me in the early 1970's, with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra at Khatchaturian Hall in Yerevan. The second pianist was one of my best Master-Class students, Atakan Sari, from Izmir, Turkey. He was the first Turkish soloist ever to perform with the Armenian Philharmonic and was given a heartfelt, warm and enthusiastic reception by both the musicians and the public. The desire to create, share, and to experience beautiful music was the basis for this rewarding co-operation. We had opened an important door for brotherhood and for peace.
Yet, it remained for an eight-year-old girl to show all of us the real truth and light. After my return to the U.S.A., I happily shared video recordings of the concert with my young students. The cameras clearly showed the Turkish Mr. Sari playing at his piano, his pages of the complicated Hovhaness score being turned by a young lady from Armenia.
My eight-year-old asked about the page turner, "Is she his wife?" Puzzled, I asked her why she said this. "Because they look so much alike," came the most natural, observant, and enlightened answer that no politician, general, or president had ever been pure enough to realise.