THE LIVING COMPOSERS PROJECT  

Ashot Arian

(b. 3 April 1973, Yerevan).

Armenian composer, now resident in Canada, of mostly orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in Europe.

Mr. Arian studied piano with Ruben Saryan at the Romanos Melikian College of Music in Yerevan from 1989–92, where he graduated with distinction, and studied composition with Armen Smbatyan and piano with Elena Abajyan at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan from 1992–95. He studied composition with Karen Khachaturian at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1995–2001, where he earned his BMus and MMus. He has studied composition with Denis Gougeon at the Université de Montréal since 2008, where he is working on his PhD.

Among his honours is First Prize in the competition for folk and spiritual music Komitas in Yerevan (1994, for Three Songs). His music has been featured at many festivals, including Moscow Autumn.

He taught composition, harmony, polyphony, and score reading at the Sveshnikov Choral Academy in Moscow from 2001–07 and analysis, form, instrumentation, and polyphony at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory from 2002–07.

He has lived in Canada since 2007.

CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail address: ashotaryan@hotmail.com

COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS

ORCHESTRAL:

Manfred Symphony, string orchestra, 1996

Concerto-Brevis, piano, orchestra, 1999

Symphony, 2000–01

Skanda (symphonic fresco no. 1), duduk (oboe from Armenia), orchestra, fixed media, 2002

Sounds of Stonehenge (symphonic fresco no. 2), 2002

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Ballad, clarinet, piano, 1991

Trio, violin, cello, piano, 1993

Capriccio, violin, 1997

Amaras, clarinet, cello, piano, 1997

Dedication, cello, 1998

String Quartet, 1999

Resonances, French horn, 2 B-flat trumpets, trombone, piano, string quartet, 2004

Dusk, cello, piano, 2005

CHORAL:

For Armenia (text by Valery Bryusov), mixed chorus, 1997

VOCAL:

Romances (text by Hovhannes Tumanyan), voice, piano, 1992

Three Songs (text from a folk source from Armenia), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1994

PIANO:

Album for Children, 1989

Sonata, 1990

Toccata and Fugue, 1995

Three Pieces, 1997

Three Fugues and Postludes, 2000