Imagine Clarity is delighted to introduce you to the latest member of our team: our head of artistic communication, Lilit Grigoryan. She is now available through the app to answer your questions about music, whether you are a musician or a listener. Lilit is a concert pianist and has performed across the globe. She believes that music is an essential part of listening to life and responding to all of life’s experiences. She is also a close friend, student and collaborator of Maria João Pires. We feel that Lilit can make a unique contribution to furthering Imagine Clarity’s values: appreciating our beautiful planet, and developing the extraordinary potential that each of us possesses to unlock the qualities of our own mind and care for those around us and our world.
There is a path to being a musician – having passion for music, the instrument, the composers and their works. I feel very privileged and grateful to be able to communicate my passion with the audiences through performance - to create a connection between the composers and listeners. I think happiness is a state of mind. Of course, all kind of things happen in life. But, in my view, it is important to be grateful for what we have, for the people who surround us, and to take the challenges of life as lessons of wisdom, self-discovery and development. Life is full of surprises, and I like living mine by following the flow of life and being open to the opportunities and encounters that life presents. The very first time I shared the stage with my mentor Maria João Pires, I remember sitting on the stage, listening to her playing Beethoven’s ‘Tempest’ Sonata, waiting for my turn to also play a Beethoven sonata and wondering why the audience should listen to me after such a magical performance. It was a great life lesson actually, because I realized that while performing the only thing I could do was to just play, without any expectations, without wanting to be loved by the audience, without putting the ego first, just being present with the music and being the mediator between the composer and the listeners. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing else was in my control. That experience gave me a great feeling of freedom.
We asked Lilit to share with us what is on her mind at the moment:
Appreciation and Attention
Have you ever wondered what the phrase ‘appreciate the world’ means for you ? How and where would you start? We are all surrounded with slogans such as ‘Be grateful’, ‘Be kind’, ‘Be patient’, ‘Appreciate the small things of life’. In theory we try to learn what all of it means. But what can we do with those words? How do we put them into action? As a performing artist I travel a lot. I spend a lot of time in airports, foreign cities, restaurants, cafés, and I’m constantly encountering new people and experiences. I like to observe the people around me. I try to understand something about their way of living, their routines and their habits. As a musician I work with many wonderful and sensitive colleagues and friends, each of them with their own unique personality. And yet in this broad and contrasting world I feel that we humans are often more similar than different in our thoughts, our hopes, our fears and our feelings. Observing the people I meet, in the world of music and in the world in general, looking at their faces and the way they act, one thing keeps striking me again and again: Our world, with its incredible possibilities and dazzling technology, is constantly challenging us to keep up with its unstoppable and ever faster rhythm. So we feel we have to react to its demands and we are afraid that if we’re not fast enough, we’ll fail, we just won’t make it. We tend to be sucked into a whirlwind of daily routines, everyday problems and new challenges. We want to be successful. We want to climb higher and reach our goals. We are both excited and exhausted, and still ready to run faster and faster. We are so caught up with our life’s demands that we start to forget to appreciate the small and bigger details around us, such as how we relate to nature, or to our food, and even, most importantly in my eyes, to the people around us. We start taking them for granted, especially those to whom we can turn to for help when we are sick or when we are sad. The ones who hold our hands when we need them. We know we love them, and we know they love us, and care about us, but we tend to think that anyway they’re part of us, they will always be around. So maybe sometimes we forget to give them a bit more attention and a little more energy. Today I would like to invite everyone to take a little break from their busy lives! Let’s look around, and put into action our appreciation and love for those who are special for us. Let’s give them some special attention and care. After all, what can be more satisfying than seeing our loved ones’ happy smiles?
Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1985, Lilit Grigoryan started to play piano at the age of seven with Prof. Arkuhi Harutyunyan, and was later a student of Prof. Sergey Sarajyan and Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit. She graduated in Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock with the highest distinction. From 2012 to 2016 Lilit was Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of Maria João Pires. Following the initiative of Maria João Pires, Lilit and several of her colleagues created the Partitura Association in 2016. For almost ten years Lilit taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Culture Prize of the President of Armenia. She has also been the prizewinner of several international and national competitions. Lilit has toured across the globe and performed in venues including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Essen, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mozarteum Hall, Salzburg, Salle Cortot, La Cité de la Musique, Paris, the Bozar and Flagey cultural centres in Brussels, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and the Steinway Halls in New York, London and Hamburg. She has been broadcast on Deutschlandradio, BBC Radio 3, NDR Kultur, Radio France, Musique 3, France 3, Public Radio and TV of Armenia, Mexican Radio, RAI 3. Lilit has performed with orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Liege, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. In addition, she has performed in various prestigious festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier, Gezeitenkonzerte, Kultursommer Nordhessen, Auvers sur Oise, and Colmar. Lilit is also a devoted chamber musician and regularly collaborates with other artists, including Maria João Pires, Sarah Christian, Hiyoli Togawa, Andrei Ionita and William Hagen. Lilit’s debut CD was released in 2012 and featured works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Bartok and Khachaturian (DiscAuvers). In 2017 & 2018, a further 2 chamber music recordings were released to critical acclaim; the first with violinist Sarah Christian (Genuin) and the second with violist Hiyoli Togawa (Naxos). You can discover her latest recording, Variations sérieuses, released in November 2018, here and here.