Volume. 11961

Musician Tjeknavorian displays paintings at self-taught artists’ exhibit
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TEHRAN -- Iranian musician and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian has put his five paintings on display at the Iranian Artists Forum in an exhibition, which is currently showing works by a number of self-taught artists.

“Professionals have practiced extensively to master techniques of art since childhood, but people like me, who have not received education in painting, place their internal voices on canvas,” he told the Persian service of ISNA on Tuesday.   

“I do painting for my heart, not for sale. If people cordially take a look at my creations, I will be grateful,” he added.

“Neither Beethoven nor Da Vinci, none of us are masters… all of us are learning constantly until the end of our life,” he stated.

Tehran’s Shirin Gallery showcased a collection of Tjeknavorian’s for the first time in an exhibition in January 2012.

“I believe his paintings are actually a kind of visual music, echoing emotions on canvas. Tjeknavorian’s paintings are inspired by all the symphonies, operas and other pieces he has composed so far,” gallery director Shirin Partovi said.

Tjeknavorian has performed throughout the world, having conducted international orchestras in Austria, Britain, the United States, Canada, Hungary, Iran, Finland, the former Soviet Union, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa and Denmark.

His own compositions have been performed by major orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the American
Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra.

Tjeknavorian received Austria’s gold medal of merit in October 2018.

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