Khachatur Avetisyan

Khachatur Avetisyan (1926–1996) was an influential Armenian composer.Avetisyan was born in Leninakan, Armenian SSR (now Gyumri). He graduated from Yerevan State Music Conservatory where he studied with Professor Edvard Mirzoyan. At age of 25 he was the first Armenian composer honored with gold medal in the Berlin and Moscow international competitions. In addition to his…

Hovhannes Shiraz

Hovhannes Shiraz (April 27, 1915 – March 14, 1984) was a notable Armenian poet. He was born in Alexandropol, (now Gyumri). Shiraz grew up in a considerable poverty. His first work called “Beginning of the spring” was published in 1935. Novelist Atrpet gave the talented poet the epithet “Shiraz”, because “this youth’s poems have the…

Armen Tigranyan

Armen Tigranian was an Armenian music composer and conductor. He was born in Alexandropol, Armenia. He started becoming interested in music at a very early age. In 1902, Tigranian finished the Tbilisi Music College, studying composition with Makar Ekmalyan. He devoted himself to teaching and continued composing music. Tigranian’s opera “Anoush”, written in 1908 is…

Arshile Gorky

Vostanik Manoog Adoyan, (better known as Arshile Gorky) was an Armenian American abstract expressionist painter. Gorky was born in the village of Khorkom near Van, Western Armenia. It is not known exactly when he was born: it was sometime between 1902 and 1905. (In later years Gorky was always vague about even the date of…

Basturma and sujukh

Basturma and sujukh are the most popular meat appetizers in Armenia. They can be compared with beef-jerky, but with their unique aromas and tastes. The first recorded mention of Basturma was between 95-55 BC in Armenia during the reign of Tigranes the Great. It is believed that the technology of air-drying meats was first developed…

William Saroyan

William Saroyan was an Armenian American novelist, playwright, and short story writer. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel The Human Comedy. An Armenian American, Saroyan wrote extensively about the Armenian immigrant life in California.…

Victor Hambartsumyan

Victor Amazaspovich Hambartsumian (18 September 1908 – 12 August 1996) was an Armenian scientist, and one of the founders of theoretical astrophysics.He worked in the field of physics of stars and nebulae, stellar astronomy, dynamics of stellar systems and cosmogony of stars and galaxies, and contributed to mathematical physics. Ambartsumian founded the Byurakan Observatory in…

Tigranes the Great

Tigranes II, more commonly known as Tigranes the Great (140 – 55 BC) was King of Armenia under whom the country became, for a short time, the strongest state to Rome’s east. He was a member of the Artaxiad Royal House. Under his reign, the Armenian kingdom expanded beyond its traditional boundaries, allowing Tigranes to…

Soghomon Tehleryan

Soghomon Tehleryan (April 2, 1896–May 23, 1960) was an Armenian who assassinated Talaat Pasha, the former Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, in Berlin on March 15, 1921. The assassination was a part of Operation Nemesis, planned by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation as revenge for the Armenian Genocide orchestrated by the Ottoman Imperial Government during…

Sergei Parajanov

Sergei Parajanov was a Soviet film director and artist of Armenian descent who made significant contributions to Soviet cinematography through Ukrainian, Armenian, and Georgian cinema. He invented his own cinematic style, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism (the only sanctioned art style in the USSR). This, combined with…