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

31st May 2020

PERFORMERS
Orchestra Toronto
CONDUCTOR
Michael Newnham
LOCATION
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada

5th June 2020

PERFORMERS
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
CONDUCTOR
Andrea Battistoni
LOCATION
Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova / Genova / Italy

20th June 2020

PERFORMERS
Orchestre du Conservatoire
CONDUCTOR
Victor Wystraete
LOCATION
Salle des Fêtes Sevran / Sevran / France

15th July 2020

SOLOISTS
Alban Gerhardt
PERFORMERS
Grant Park Music Festival
CONDUCTOR
David Chan
LOCATION
Pritzker Pavilion / Chicago, IL / United States

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Discography