Tigran Hamasyan

Famous Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan was born in Gyumri, on July 17, 1987. He plays mostly original compositions, which are strongly influenced by the Armenian folk tradition, often using its scales and modalities. In addition to Tigran’s folk influence, he is much influenced by American jazz traditions and to some extent, as on his…

Minas Avetisyan

Minas Avetisyan was born in the village of Jajur, Soviet Armenia. His mother, Sofo, was a daughter of the priest from Kars. His father, Karapet, was a smith from Mush. His wife was Gayane Mamajanyan. The main theme of his works was Armenian nature, the nature of Jajur, the religion, poor people, mountains, fields etc.…

Mher Mkrtchyan

Mher Mkrtchyan better known by his stage name Frunzik (4 July 1930 – 29 December 1993), was a Soviet Armenian actor. He is widely considered as one of the greatest Armenian actors of the Soviet period. He was born in Leninakan (now Gyumri) Armenian SSR. His famous roles were in Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1966), Mimino…

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…