Talented Japanese pianist Takahiro Akiba has been awarded the Medal of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Armenian musical culture in Japan, the Armenian Embassy in the country reported.

Armenian Ambassador Areg Hovhannisyan handed over the medal to the pianist at the Armenian Embassy on January 17. They also discussed the cultural projects to be implemented in the near future, in particular, the events that are planned for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Japan.

On March 13, a concert by Akiba and violinist Keiko Urushihara will take place in Tokyo, during which the musicians will also perform works by Arno Babajanyan in connection with the 100th anniversary of the famous Armenian composer.