Mkrtich Khrimyan

Mkrtich Khrimyan (4 April 1820 – 29 October 1907) was an Armenian Apostolic Church leader, educator, and publisher who served as Catholicos of All Armenians from 1893 to 1907. During this period he was known as Mkrtich I of Van. A native of Van, one of the largest cities in Turkish (Western) Armenia, Khrimian became…

Mesrop Mashtots

Mesrop Mashtots was an early medieval Armenian linguist, theologian, statesman and hymnologist. He is best known for inventing the Armenian alphabet c. 405 AD, which was a fundamental step in strengthening Armenian national identity. Mesrop Mashtots was born in the settlement of Hatsekats in Taron ( a canton of the Turuberan province of Greater Armenia, roughly…

Komitas

Soghomon Soghomonian, ordained and commonly known as Komitas was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster, who is considered the founder of Armenian national school of music.He is recognized as one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology. Komitas was born on 26 September, 1869 and orphaned at a young age, Komitas was taken to…

Hovhannes Aivazovsky

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky was an Armenian painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. Baptized as Hovhannes Aivazian, Aivazovsky was born on 29 July 1817 in an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosia in Crimea and was mostly based there. Following his education at the Imperial Academy of…

George Gurdjieff

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was an influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic “waking sleep”. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff’s parents were Greek father Yiannis Georgiades (Ashugh Adash) and an Armenian mother Tavrizovy-Bagratouni in Alexandropol. Gurdjieff states: “Man lives his life in sleep, and in sleep he…

Garegin Nzdheh

Garegin Nzhdeh (Ter-Harutyunyan) was an Armenian statesman, military, and political thinker, native of Nakhchivan. A member of the Dashnak party, he was involved in revolutionary activities in Armenia, Bulgaria and Russia. In 1912, together with General Andranik Ozanian he formed an Armenian battalion to fight against the Turks in the Balkan war. Later, moving back…

Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian, is Armenian, singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat. Aznavour is known for his unique tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. In a career spanning over 80 years, he has written more than 800 songs. On disc, he recorded more…

Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian Aram Ilich Khachaturian (June 6, 1903 – May 1, 1978) was a composer of classical music. Khachaturian was born in Tiflis, Georgia, Russia (now Tbilisi, Georgia) to a poor Armenian family (the influence of Armenian folk music is prominent in his work). In his youth, he was fascinated by the music he heard…

Water Fest

There is a variety of interesting festivals in Armenia all year round. Whenever you visit this amazing country you’re likely to catch one. The festivals in rural communities are always accompanied by traditional music and dance and acrobatics including tightrope walking, so there are usually plenty of things to see, taste and even take part…

Armenin Duduk

‘Sharakans,’ and liturgies are purely Armenian ecclesiastical music and are priceless cultural heritage. Komitas being the most famous Armenian composer, is also known for creating ‘khazes,’ the Armenian form of musical notation and transcribing and preserving rural Armenian songs. Gusans and ashughs were singers in royal households and palaces in Armenia, and passed songs through…