THE LIVING COMPOSERS PROJECT  

Levon Chaushyan

(b. 10 May 1946, Yerevan).

Armenian composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Prof. Chaushyan is the son of the cellist Alexander Chaushyan (b. 1917 – d. 1991). He began composing in 1957 and later studied composition with Edvard Mirzoyan and piano with Georgi Sarajev at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, where he graduated in 1969 and where he had postgraduate studies in composition with Edvard Mirzoyan from 1969–72.

Among his honours are the State Youth Prize of Armenia (1974, for Concerto [violin]), a recommended work at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (1983, for String Quartet No. 2) and First Prize in a state competition for symphonic music in Armenia (1985, for To the Unknown Soldier). His music has been performed in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the USA.

Prof. Chaushyan is also active in other positions. He served as secretary of the board of directors of the Armenian Composers Union in Yerevan from 1979–85 and as deputy to its chair from 1986–91. He has served as chair of the artistic board of directors of the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and has organised the Armenian Music Assembly, for the promotion of contemporary music, in Yerevan since 1994.

He has taught composition at the Komitas State Conservatory since 1973 and has been a professor there since 1999.

CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail address (c/o Robert Amirkhanyan): robamir@armenia.com

SELECT LIST OF WORKS

ORCHESTRAL:

Concerto No. 1, piano, small orchestra/orchestra (timpani, strings), 1964

Concerto for Orchestra (Theme and Variations), 1966

Suite, vibraphone, 18–20 strings, 1966

Symphonic Poem No. 1, large orchestra (70 players), 1969

Symphonic Poem No. 2, 'Kajastan', large orchestra (70 players), 1970

Concerto, violin, large orchestra (70 or more players), 1973

Festal Fanfares (overture), large orchestra (66 players), 1977, revised 1995

Concerto No. 2, piano, large orchestra (64 players), 1977

Concerto, flute, small orchestra (28 players), 1978

To the Unknown Soldier (symphony), large orchestra (70 players), 1984

Serenade, string orchestra, 1998

CHAMBER MUSIC:

String Quartet No. 1, 1967

Five Preludes, 12 or more violins, 1971

Sonata No. 1, cello, 1975

Five Pieces, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1979

String Quartet No. 2, 1981

Sonata, violin, piano, 1982

Sonata No. 2, cello, 1984

String Quartet No. 3, 1986

Sonata for Violin Solo, 1989, revised 2000

String Quartet No. 4, 1994

Sonata, clarinet, piano, 1995

Piano Trio, violin, cello, piano, 1999

Dialogues, violin, piano, 2005

CHORAL:

Pax mundi (oratorio, text by Gevorg Karapetyan), 16 or more mixed voices, large orchestra (130 players), 1971

Mor sirteThe Heart of a Mother (text by Avetik Isahakyan), 16 or more mixed voices, 1974

Small Triptych (vocalise), 16 or more mixed voices, 1978

Dzon HayrenikinHymn to the Homeland (text by Aramais Sahakyan), 16 or more mixed voices, large orchestra (130 players), 1980

A Word to God from the Depths of the Heart (text by Gregory of Narek), 16 or more mixed voices, 2001

VOCAL:

Five Songs (text by Avetik Isahakyan), soprano, piano, 1972

Haykakan yergerArmenian Songs (text by Avetik Isahakyan), bass, piano, 1981

PIANO:

Impromptu, 1963

Seven Preludes, 1973

Three Pieces, 1979

Sonata No. 1, 1980

Sonatina No. 1, 1983

Sonatina No. 2, 1983

Sonatina No. 3, 1984

Sonatina No. 4, 1984

Sonatina No. 5, 1985

Sonatina No. 6, 1985

Sonata No. 2, 1986

Epicentre, 1989

Urbi et Orbi, 1996

Sonata No. 3, 2003