Aram Khachaturian

1903 - 1978

Russian

Summary

Aram Ilich Khachaturian was born near Tiflis on 6 June 1903 and died in Moscow on 1 May 1978. Educated at the Gnesin School and the Moscow Conservatory, Khachaturian emerged — along with Prokofiev and Shostakovich — as one of the most popular and successful composers of the Soviet period. His unique musical idiom was indelibly marked by his Armenian heritage; his scores are noted for their sensuous, singing melodic writing, colorful orchestration, and elemental rhythmic drive. Known in the West chiefly as the composer of instrumental concerti and the vivid scores for the ballets Gayaneh and Spartacus (the former including the brilliant 'Sabre Dance'), his output also encompassed symphonies and other works for orchestra, film and theater music, works for band, chamber music, and a large number of patriotic and popular songs.

Aram Khachaturian: an Introduction




The web documentary is presented by Boosey & Hawkes
and G. Schirmer/AMP and is directed by Tommy Pearson
of Red Ted Films.

Recordings heard on this video are courtesy of:
   Onyx Classics
   Chandos Records
   Naxos

Video footage is licensed with kind permission from
'Khachaturian,' directed by Peter Rosen, produced by the
Kuhn Foundation.

Biography

Aram Ilich Khachaturian was born near Tiflis on 6 June 1903 and died in Moscow on 1 May 1978. Educated at the Gnesin School and the Moscow Conservatory, Khachaturian emerged — along with Prokofiev and Shostakovich — as one of the most popular and successful composers of the Soviet period. His unique musical idiom was indelibly marked by his Armenian heritage; his scores are noted for their sensuous, singing melodic writing, colorful orchestration, and elemental rhythmic drive. Known in the West chiefly as the composer of instrumental concerti and the vivid scores for the ballets Gayaneh and Spartacus (the former including the brilliant 'Sabre Dance'), his output also encompassed symphonies and other works for orchestra, film and theater music, works for band, chamber music, and a large number of patriotic and popular songs.

Aram Khachaturian: an Introduction




The web documentary is presented by Boosey & Hawkes
and G. Schirmer/AMP and is directed by Tommy Pearson
of Red Ted Films.

Recordings heard on this video are courtesy of:
   Onyx Classics
   Chandos Records
   Naxos

Video footage is licensed with kind permission from
'Khachaturian,' directed by Peter Rosen, produced by the
Kuhn Foundation.

News

Performances

30th September 2020

PERFORMERS
Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège
CONDUCTOR
Gergely Madaras
LOCATION
Salle Philharmonique, Liège, Belgium

10th October 2020

PERFORMERS
L'Orchestre National de Lyon
CONDUCTOR
Dirk Brossé
LOCATION
Auditorium de Lyon, Lyon, France

24th October 2020

SOLOISTS
Xavier Phillips
PERFORMERS
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
CONDUCTOR
Jiri Rozen
LOCATION
Halle aux Grains, Toulouse, France

14th March 2021

PERFORMERS
New Texas Symphony Orchestra
CONDUCTOR
Dr. Kathryn Brown
LOCATION
Moody Performance Hall, Dallas, TX, United States

Photos

Discography