“I think nowadays people need music that can bring forth reactions like tears or laughter. Strong emotions, in any case”. This is the thought of Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, not yet thirty years old and already into his second life. That of orchestra conductor. Because instead, he is gradually putting aside the first, that of concert violinist. As if he had already achieved the maximum possible from it: his success in the prestigious “Sibelius” Competition eight years ago, the records that have been sold, and the fact that he has had a Stradivarius under his chin for a long time. Today he is performing from the podium, having received his first lessons from his conductor-father, of Persian-Armenian origin. And he, who was born in Austria, finds his natural habitat precisely in the Viennese repertoire. The ORT programme is one example. The soloist is the voice of Valerie Eickhoff, mezzo-soprano, the same age as Tjeknavorian, who established herself in 2021 at the prestigious ARD Competition as the interpreter of Mahler’s four Lieder on texts taken from the Knaben Wunderhorn, the “The Boy’s Magic Horn”, a collection of ancient German folk poems.