Aram Hovhannisyan

(b. 1984, Yerevan).

Armenian composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed in Europe and North America; he is also active as a flutist.

Mr. Hovhannisyan initially studied at the Anushavan Ter-Hevondyan School of Music in Yerevan and graduated in 1999. He studied composition with Levon Chaushyan and flute with Yevgeny Noninyan at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan from 1999–2003 and studied composition with Nicolas Bolens and Éric Gaudibert and electronic music with Rainer Boesch and Émile Ellberger at the Conservatoire de musique de Genève in 2003–04, where he later studied composition with Michael Jarrell and electronic music with Rainer Boesch.

Among his honours are First Prize in the competition Amadeus in Yerevan (1998, for Chamber Symphony), First Prize in the competition Aram Khachaturian in Yerevan (2003, for Je voudrais me souvenir...), co-First Prize in the competition Benjamin Britten in Yerevan (2003, for Between Dream and Reality), and First Prize in the competition for young composers pre-art in Zürich (2005, for IRÆ [Cahier de tristesse No. 2]). His music has been performed in Armenia, Austria, Georgia, Hungary, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the USA.

As a flutist, he has mostly performed contemporary music.

He is also active in other positions. He co-founded with Artur Avanesov the ensemble for contemporary music AUS in Yerevan in 2002 and has served as its co-artistic director with him since 2002.

He taught composition and flute at the Anushavan Ter-Hevondyan School of Music from 2001–03.


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Chamber Symphony, 12–24 strings, 1997–98

Lamento (in memoriam Ghazaros Saryan), 48 strings, 1998–99

Concerto grosso, 25 strings, 1999


Illusion and Caprice, alto saxophone/tenor saxophone, piano, 1999–2000

Uneasiness, string quartet, 2000

Livre, amplified flute, 2001

Trio-Elegy, flute, cello, piano, 2001

SchwankenEntscheidungAbkehr, clarinet, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 2002

Dream, after the Rain, vibraphone, 2002

Je voudrais me souvenir..., clarinet, cello, piano, 2002

Between Dream and Reality, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2003

InnoHymn, alto saxophone, 2003

Les Deux Visions de Mémoire I, flute, 2003

Cronos, flute (+ piccolo), violin (+ percussion), cello (+ percussion), piano, 2 congas (+ 4 bongos, tam-tam) (1 player) (with conductor), 2003

à trois, flute (+ alto flute), oboe (+ bass oboe), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), 2004

Two Pieces, trombone, 2004

IRÆ (Cahier de tristesse No. 2), piccolo (+ flute), bass oboe, piano, accordion, 2004–05 seulement une fleur noire... (Cahier de tristesse No. 3), out-of-tune flute, accordion, 2005

Four Epistles from Darkness (Les Deux Visions de Mémoire II), flute, 2005

Intus, lupophone (modified heckelphone by Guntram Wolf), contraforte (modified contrabassoon by Benedikt Eppelsheim and Guntram Wolf), cello, piano, 2014


Salvum (text from the words "salvum me" [Armenian translation]), mixed chorus, 2004


Litania (text by St. Mesrop Mashtots), female voice, flute, cello, piano, daf (frame drum from the Middle East), 2001

Lacrimosa, soprano, flute, piano, 2004


Thren I in memory of Lutosławski, 2000

Thren II in memory of Nono, 2 pianos, 2001

Some Pages for Ann, 2002

...(piano) musique pour piano... (Cahier de tristesse No. 1), 2004


adieux, fixed media (6 tracks), 2004

Metanoia, fixed media (8 tracks), 2004

Wind's cry, fixed media (8 tracks), 2004

Sphere, fixed media (5 tracks), 2004