(b. 1956, Yerevan).
Armenian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.
Prof. Ajemyan is the son of the artist Alexander Ajemyan (b. 1925 – d. 1987) and the grandson of the artist Vardan Ajemyan (b. 1905 – d. 1977) and the actor Arus Asryan (b. 1904 – d. 1987). He studied composition with Ghazaros Saryan at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan from 1973–81.
Among his honours is the National Prize of Armenia (1987, for Symphony No. 1). His music has been performed in Armenia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Iceland, Poland, Russia, the UK, and the USA.
He has taught composition at the Komitas State Conservatory since 1987, where he has been a professor since 2001 and where he has served as chair of the department of composition since 2002.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
The Death of Kikos (comedic opera in 2 acts, libretto by Vardan Ajemyan [grandfather], after Hovhannes Tumanyan), coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, dramatic soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto/mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, mixed chorus, large orchestra, 1978 (may be performed in Russian translation by Tamara Demuryan)
Concerto (vocalise), soprano, mezzo-soprano, large orchestra, 1981
Concerto for Orchestra, 1981
Symphony No. 1, large orchestra, 1986
Symphony No. 2 (in memoriam Alexander Ajemyan), large orchestra, 1989
Piano Concerto No. 1 (vocalise), 33 mixed voices, piano, large orchestra, 1991
Concerto, cello, large orchestra, 1993
Concerto, flute, large orchestra, 1996
Overture in C Major, 22 strings, 2000
Symphony No. 3 (for Edvard Mirzoyan), 22 strings, 2002
Piano Concerto No. 2, piano, large orchestra, 2005
Sonata No. 1, flute, piano, 1975
Sonata for Alto Flute and Piano, 1983
Sonata No. 2, flute, piano, 1984
Trio No. 1, violin, cello, piano, 1987
Sonata for Cello and Piano, 1993
Sonata for Violin and Piano, 1995
Fantasy, tuba, piano, 1998
Quintet, piccolo, tuba, double bass, piano, vibraphone, 1998
String Quartet No. 1 (in memoriam Ghazaros Saryan), 1998
Trio No. 2, violin, cello, piano, 2004
Five Songs (texts by Gurgen Mahari, Vahan Teryan), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1979
Ballade (text by Gurgen Mahari), soprano, string quartet, double bass, 1980
Five Songs (text by Hovhannes Shiraz), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1985
Eternity (song-cycle, vocalise), soprano, violin, cello, piano, 1996
Tag Garnan yev Siro – A Song for Spring and Love (text by Grigoris Akhtamarsi), soprano, 22 strings, 2002
Three Pieces, 1973
Sonata No. 1, 1974
Five Pieces, 1975
Sonata No. 2, 1975
Goganjner – The Bells (poem), 1996
Sonata No. 3, 1999
Rubato (poem), 2000
Vormnankarner – Frescoes (poem), 2001