Vahram Sargsyan (Sarkissian)

(b. 1981, Yerevan).

Armenian composer, now resident in Canada, of mostly chamber and choral works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Mr. Sargsyan studied music theory at the Tchaikovsky College of Music in Yerevan from 1996–98. He then studied composition with Ashot Zohrabyan at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan from 1998–2003, where he also studied conducting with Tigran Hekekyan from 2000–06 and where he had postgraduate studies in composition with Ashot Zohrabyan from 2005–07. He later studied composition with Philippe Leroux at McGill University in Montréal from 2012–15.

Among his honours are an award in the choral competition of the Komitas State Conservatory and the Armenian Chamber Choir (2006, for Tantum ergo), a prize in the competition of the European Seminar for Young Composers in Aosta (2008, for Laudate Dominum), First Prize in the competition for new choral music Petrinja in Croatia (2009, for Anegh Bnutiun [second version]), an award for creative achievement from the World Armenian Congress in Yerevan (2009, for Mythis), winner in the commission competition of BCE in Boston, Massachusetts (2010, for Tribulationes), Third Godfrey Ridout Prize in the competition for young composers of SOCAN (2012, for Tribulationes), and the Graduate Excellence Fellowship from McGill University (2013). His music has been performed in Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the UK, and the USA.

He is also active in other positions. He founded the Armenian Chamber Voices in Yerevan in 2005 and served as its conductor in 2005–06. He later served as a music consultant to the European Choral Association from 2010–12.

His arrangement of Khorurd metz – Great Mystery is included in the anthology World Carols for Choirs (2005, Oxford University Press).


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Music for 13, small orchestra (13 players), 2002

Ter yete... – God, if (cantata), mixed chorus, large orchestra (64 players), 2003

Mythis, 18 strings, 2008


Five Images, cello, piano, 1996

Poem, cello, piano, 1998

Sonatina, clarinet, piano, 1999

String Quartet, 2000

Selbstvergessenheit, 2 clarinets, cello, piano, 2006

Cette fille... (texts by Paul Fort, Yeghishe Charents), soprano, flute, clarinet, cello, piano, 2006 (also version as Deux Silhouettes féminines, soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2007)

Hunting the Hunter, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, marimba, 2012

Deperson, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2013

Qarerg, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 2013

Gandz, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2014

Epitaphios, string quartet, 2015


Tkhur meran... – Sadly Departed (text by Vahan Teryan), female chorus, 1999

Kesgisher – Midnight (text by Vahan Teryan), mixed chorus, 1999

Voghormya – Lord, Have Mercy (text from Psalm 50 [Armenian translation]), mixed chorus, 2000

Luys Zvart – Joyful Light (text from an ancient Greek sacred text [Armenian translation]), female chorus, 2001 (also version for mixed chorus, 2006)

Lux æterna (text from Latin liturgy), mixed chorus, 2004

Tantum ergo (text by St. Thomas Aquinas), mixed chorus, 2006

Domine Deus (text from the Gloria), 7 mixed voices, 2007

Laudate Dominum (text from Psalm 150), mixed chorus, 2008

Anegh Bnutiun (text by St. Nerses IV the Gracious), female chorus, 2008 (also version for male chorus, 2009)

Dzaynik (text by Komitas Vardapet), female chorus, 2009

Ilik (text from a folk source from Armenia), female chorus, 2009

Stabat Mater (text from Latin liturgy), mixed chorus, 2010

Tribulationes (text from the Book of Psalms), mixed chorus, 2010

Wage Peace (text by Judith Hill), mixed chorus, 2011

Change, mixed chorus, 2011–16


Nani (vocalise), male voice, 2012

Awakening (vocalise), voice, string quartet, 2015


Visions, 1997

Variations, 1999

Bagatelle, 2015


Sirt im sasani – My Heart Is Grieving over Judas (13th-century chorale from Armenia), mixed chorus, 2002

Khorurd metz (Movses Khorenatsi), mixed chorus, 2002

Usti Gukas (Sayat-Nova), clarinet, cello, marimba, 2012