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Aram Ilitch Khatchatourian

Aram Ilitch Khatchatourian

  • June 6, 1903 Tiflis, Georgia - May 1, 1978 Moscow, Russia


Khachaturian was an autodidact cradled in Caucasian folklore until he was nineteen. In 1922, he studied the ‘cello and composition at the Gnessin School of Music followed by the Moscow Conservatory with Miaskovsky and Vassilenko. Born into a family where art was primordial, Aram’s brothers also led successful artistic careers, one as a singer and the other as stage director.

Galvanized and impassioned by his late studies, Khachaturian made up for lost time and turned his attention to the scores of the great masters. From Bach to Shostakovich, German Romanticism to French impressionism, the young composer steeped himself in all the different tendencies, which gave his work an air of heterogeneity. His Piano Concerto (1936), one of his most famous works, bears witness to this taste for several styles. It was with this work that Khachaturian’s success began. He then took on his Armenian cultural heritage with an aim to forge his own style.

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