Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian performs Thursday

Sha Meng

Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian (pronounced as Nah-rehk Ah-roo-tuhyoo-nee-in) will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall.

The show is free for ISU students and youth. Adult tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office, located at the north entrance of Stephens Auditorium on the corner of Lincoln Way and Beach Ave.

Originally from Gyumri, Armenia, Arutyunian was 10 years old when he first held a clarinet in his hands. As a successful soloist, he won a prize for first place at the Young Concert Artists International Audition in New York in 2010. Arutyunian got his clarinet as a personal gift from the conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov, who was impressed with him. He has also received general support from the Guzik Foundation in California.

Arutyunian has performed all over the world at numerous concerts and festivals in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, including the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague, United Nations Hall in Geneva, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Toronto’s Centre for the Arts, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and St. Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall.

Recently he has toured with concerts in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Russia, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Greece, the Czech Republic, Poland and Belarus.

For more information about the concert, visit the Iowa State Center Web Page for the show. For more information on Arutyunian, visit his website