Fayha Choir conducted by Maestro Barkev Taslakian, was established in 2003 in Tripoli and has recently established a new branch in Beirut in 2016. Mainly, Fayha Choir is sponsored by  Azm Cultural Center-Beit Al Fan, which supports the choir financially and morally. This helps the choir improve and perform at its best, both locally and internationally. The choir is also supported by Safadi Foundation. The choir is composed of nearly 100 members, from all around Lebanon. The members of the choir pertain to different religious, social, political, and financial backgrounds.The choir’s repertoire is composed of Arabic music from different heritages which include Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Bedouin, and Andalusian, as well as Latin, Armenian, French, and English. This diversity reflects the choir’s openness and reverence towards common human heritage.

Almost all Arabic songs are arranged by Edward Torikian.Aims and Mission:
* Develop and spread Arabic Music
* Show the importance and richness of Arabic music
* Show the world the real civilized image of not only Lebanon, but all Arab countries A group of well-trained members of Fayha Choir train youth choirs in the North and the South of Lebanon.
Conducted by Maestro Barkev Taslakian, these choirs belong to social projects of national and international NGOs that aim to enhance the social, psychological, and educational lives of all the refugees in Lebanon.Fayha choir has performed concerts all over Lebanon and represented Lebanon in many festivals in different countries around the world like Poland Krakow, Lodz and Warsaw, Poland, Abu Dhabi, Armenia, Nagorni Gharapagh, Egypt, Tunisia (2008 & amp; 2009), Jordan, Syria, France (Festival Nancy Voice of the World/Nancy, Institut of Arab World/Paris 2009, Polyfollia Summer Festival/Normandy 2013), Canada, China (Expo Shang Hai 2010), Qatar (2010 & 2011), Cyprus, Bahrain, Kuwait, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Dubai, Greece...

Achievements:
2016 – “First Place” in the V-th International Choir Festival “Music & Sea” in Paralia, Greece2016 – “Special Prize for Authenticity and Emotional Singing” in the V-th International Choir Festival “Music
& Sea” in Paralia, Greece
2016 – “Choir of the Year” award from Choir Fest Middle East in Dubai
2015 – The "IMC Music Rights 2015" award, nominated by the "European Choral Association–Europa
Cantat"
2007 – “Best Conductor” in the International Warsaw Choir Festival, Poland
2007 – “First Prize” in the International Warsaw Choir Festival, Poland
2005 – “Second Prize” (conducting the Fayha Choir) in the International Warsaw Choir Festival, Warsaw,
Poland
2001 – “First Prize” (conducting the Komitas Choir) in The Tripoli National Choir Festival, Tripoli, Lebanon
Today Fayha Choir is officially a member of the most important choral associations in the world: “International
Federation for Choral Music” (IFCM) and "European Choral Associations-Europa Cantat"

MAESTRO BARKEV TASLAKIAN

* Born in ‘Anjar (Lebanon) 1964 – Maestro Barkev Taslakian turned to music in his early boyhood, and played different musical instruments without any previous musical education.
* Early 1980’ – he realized the urge to be musically educated, but lacked the means for it, so he endeavored on self-educating himself with notes and different aspects of music.
* 1986 – he started conducting the “Ardzivian” choir, and there-on his musical journey began.
* 1992 till 1998 – he studied and practiced conducting with conductor Maestro Harutyun Topikyan and composer Professor Yervant Yerkanian. They both taught him at Parsegh Kanatchian musical academy in Beirut.
* Since 1997, he has been attending yearly courses in Armenia with different musicians and conductors.

As of now, he has conducted:
The ARDZIVIAN Choir (Anjar)
The KOMITAS Choir (Anjar)
The St. PERGITCH Choir  (Beirut)
The KOUSSAN Choir (Beirut)
The KOMITAS Chamber Choir (Yerevan, Armenia)
The HOMENETMEN SCOUT MARCHING BAND (Anjar)
The Canadian Lebanese Marching Band (Rashaya)
The University of Balamand Choir (Lebanon)
The American University of Science and Technology Choir (Lebanon)
The Lebanese Palestinian Chamber Choir (Lebanon)
The KOUSSAN CHAMBER CHOIR (Beirut)

Currently, he conducts:
The FAYHA Choir (Tripoli, North Lebanon)
The FAYHA Choir (Beirut, Capital of Lebanon)
LeBAM windband – Tripoli Branch

He has conducted the above-mentioned groups in: Lebanon, Armenia (2001, 2004 and 2008), Turkey, Syria (1989 and 2010), Jordan (2003 and 2008), Cyprus (2002 and 2003), Nagorny Karabakh (2004 and 2008), Poland (2005 and 2007), Tunisia (2008 and 2009), the Emirates (2008 and 2011), Egypt, France, Canada, China (Expo Shang Hai 2010), Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sweden, KSA, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Dubai, Greece...

He is also the commander of several music groups for children and young people in the North and South of Lebanon, in Bekaa and in Beirut within the socio-cultural projects in cooperation with local and international organizations concerned with social, educational and psychological life of children refugees and immigrants...

Prizes and Awards:

2016
– “First Place” in the V-th International Choir Festival “Music & Sea” in Paralia, Greece
2016 – “Special Prize for Authenticity and Emotional Singing” in the V-th International Choir Festival “Music & Sea” in Paralia, Greece
2016 – “Choir of the Year” award from Choir Fest Middle East in Dubai
2015 – The "IMC Music Rights 2015" award, nominated by the "European Choral Association–Europa Cantat"
2007 – “Best Conductor” in the International Warsaw Choir Festival, Poland
2007 – “First Prize” in the International Warsaw Choir Festival, Poland
2005 – “Second Prize” (conducting the Fayha Choir) in the International Warsaw Choir Festival, Warsaw, Poland
2001 – “First Prize” (conducting the Komitas Choir) in The Tripoli National Choir Festival, Tripoli, Lebanon

He has assisted in many international musical conferences and workshops.

He is currently member of:
Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon
“International Federation for Choral Music” (IFCM)
”European Choral Association–Europa Cantat”

Program

Allah Al Kouddous (a selection of Sanctus from different Christian and Islamic prayers: Greek and Arabic Byzantine, Syriac and Maronite, Armenian, Syriac in Arabic, Islamic Chant, Sanctus of Bach) - E. Torikian - T. Abdel Fattah
Ya Aatabat Al Thalji ( Love Song) - M. Khalife - E. Torikian - R. Abou Baker
Shorora (Armenian folkloric song) – E. Hovhannissian
Little Drummer Boy (Traditional Christmas song)
An Tuhib (Love song) - M. Khalife - E. Torikian - R. Abou Baker
Talat Da’at (popular Egyptian song) - Abu - E. Torikian
Kilikia - K. Yeranian - Z. Aznavourian
Asmaa Allah Al Hosna (The names of God, Islamic prayer) - E. Torikian - T. Abdel Fattah
Ave Maria – L. De Victoria
Din Abouhom Esmo Eh (A song about peace in religions and against terrorism) - M. Mahdi - E. Torikian
Lebsou El Kafafi (A Lebanese song about Martyrs) – M. Khalife - E. Torikian- R. Abou Baker
Khaghagh Kishere (Silent night in Armenian) - P. Ganatchian
Hink Edz Ounem (Armenian traditional song) - Komitas
Talj Talj (Lebanese Christmas song) - Rahbani Bro. - E. Torikian
Asfour (A Lebanese song about freedom) M. Khalife - E. Torikian - R. Abou Baker
Hala Ya Hala (Lebanese love song) – Z. Nassif - E. Torikian
Ya Habibi (Love song) - M. Khalife - E. Torikian - R. Abou Baker
Jingle Bells (in 4 languages)

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