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Catherine Anahid Berberian (July 4, 1925 – March 6, 1983) was an American soprano and composer. She interpreted contemporary avant-garde music composed, among others, by Luciano Berio, Bruno Maderna, John Cage, Henri Pousseur, Sylvano Bussotti, Darius Milhaud, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, and Igor Stravinsky. She also interpreted works by Claudio Monteverdi, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Kurt Weill, Philipp Zu Eulenburg, The Beatles, folk songs from Armenia, also by the musical analyst Komitas Vartabed, and her own compositions. Her best known work is Stripsody (1966), in which she exploits her vocal technique using comic book sounds (onomatopoeia).
Cathy Berberian was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts to Armenian parents, Yervant and Louise Berberian. The elder of two children, she spent the first 12 years of her life in Attleboro, Massachusetts. The family moved to New York City in 1937 where she graduated from Manhattan's Julia Richman High School for Girls. From an early age, she showed an interest in Armenian folk music and dance as well as traditional opera. While still in high school, she was the director and soloist of the Armenian Folk Group in New York City. For a time, she was an
Samvel Yervinyan (Armenian: Սամվել Երվինյան, born January 25, 1966) is an Armenian violinist and composer.
Yervinyan was born in Yerevan, Armenian background. He began studying at the age of 7 in Spenderian Music School under the tutoring of Armen Minasian. In the competitions he participated, he won all the first place prizes in his age group. He played Henry Vieuxtemps' 2nd concert on his graduation day and received a standing ovation from all the faculty members. He continued his studies at Tchaikovsky’s Music Conservatory, under the guidance and tutoring of Maestro Edward Dayan. In the following years he became the professor's pride and strongest prospect for future concert violinist. At his graduation, he played several classical compositions including, Bach's Adagio and Fugue in G Minor, Mozart's violin concert No. 5 in A Major, Paganini's Caprice No. 21 in A Major, and Sarasate's Gypsy Melodies. In 1993 Mr. Yervinyan earned his PhD from Yerevan State Musical Conservatory in Republic of Armenia. He has performed during the 2003 and 2004 Ethnicity world tours with Yanni, as well as the 2005 Yanni Live! The Concert Event and Yanni Voices tours.
Edward Manukyan (Armenian: Էդվարդ Մանուկյան, Russian: Эдвард Манукян) (born July 27, 1981) is an Armenian-born composer residing in Southern California, United States. His main works are orchestral and chamber compositions, which lean heavily upon elements of Armenian national folklore.
It was not until his last years in high school that Manukyan showed interest in composing music. He taught himself English and in 1997 he won state scholarship to study languages and psychology at the Yerevan State Linguistic University. During his student years, Manukyan committed himself to studying music and immediately began concentrating on composition. He became a member of local chamber orchestras, writing material for their repertoires. Among his works were songs, the lyrics of which the composer had penned himself, and instrumental pieces. Manukyan also formed his own jazz quartet and gave concerts at various venues in Yerevan.
Upon moving to the United States in 2002, Manukyan shifted his interests towards contemporary classical music after studying the works of his compatriot Aram Khachaturian. A cover-story article in the Glendale News-Press, published on October 23, 2007, shed some
Arno Babajanian (Armenian: Առնո Բաբաջանյան; Russian: Арно Арутюнович Бабаджанян; January 22, 1921 – November 11, 1983) was a Soviet Armenian composer and pianist, People's Artist of the Armenian SSR (1956) and Soviet Union (1971). He was a laureate of two Stalin State Prizes of the USSR (1951, 1953) and two Armenian SSR State Prizes (1967, 1983).
Babajanian (Babadjanian) was born in Yerevan, Armenia. His father was Harutyun Babajanian from Igdir. By age 5, his extraordinary musical talent was clearly apparent, and the composer Aram Khachaturian suggested that the boy be given proper music training. Two years later, in 1928 at the age of 7, Babajanian entered the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory. In 1938, he continued his studies in Moscow with Vissarion Shebalin. He later returned to Yerevan, where from 1950–1956 he taught at the conservatory. It was during this period (1952) that he wrote the Piano Trio in f# sharp minor. It received immediate acclaim and was regarded as a masterpiece from the time of its premiere. Subsequently, he undertook concert tours throughout the Soviet Union and Europe. In 1971, he was named a People’s Artist of the Soviet Union. As a composer,
Andranik Madadian (Persian: آندرانیک مددیان, Armenian: Անդրանիկ Մադադյան, born April 21, 1959), better known by his stage name, Andy (Persian: اندی, Armenian: Էնդի), is a famous Iranian-Armenian singer-songwriter. He is a naturalized American and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Madadian was born on April 21, 1959 in Iran to ethnic Iranian Armenian parents. When the 1979 Iranian Revolution came, he left Iran for the United States.
Andy made it big when he joined Kouros and together formed a successful duo Andy & Kouros.
Andy & Kouros released 4 albums together: Khastegary (1985), Parvaz (1988), the hugely successful album Balla!, and finally Goodbye (1991). The two split in 1992, with both Andy and Kouros going on to have successful individual solo careers. The two reunited several times after that point. In 2002 and 2004 they performed together for a sold-out audience in San Jose, California. In 2009, Andy & Kouros they went on an international tour together in the Iranian diaspora, and performed together again in May, 2010. They also appeared together on a music video by Farez remaking their hit "Niloufar".
Andy, known as one of the "Kings of Pop" in Iran, has released 15 albums since the start of his solo career including the multicultural album "And My Heart..." in 2000 where he sings in Persian, English, Spanish, Armenian, Arabic, and Hindi. Later that year, an American edition of the album was released by Mondo Melodia Records.
On July 21, 2009, Madadian performed at halftime during the Chelsea FC vs. Inter Milan game at the Rose Bowl.
On June 24, 2009, Andy, Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi recorded a version of the Lieber and Stoller standard Stand by Me, described by producer Don Was as a "worldwide solidarity with the people of Iran". The Persian introduction is done by both Andy and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as the rest of the song which continues in English. The record was produced by Don Was and John Shanks and was registered at Henson Studio C, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Alexander Spendiaryan (Armenian: Ալեքսանդր Սպենդիարյան, Russian: Александр Афанасьевич Спендиаров, November 1, 1871 –May 7, 1928 ) was an Armenian music composer, conductor, founder of Armenian national symphonic music and one of the patriarchs of Armenian classical music. His compositions include the opera Almast and the Yerevan Etudes among others. He studied with the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who greatly admired his music and encouraged him to turn deeper into his people's folklore.
On December 10, 1924, Spendiarian, newly arrived in Yerevan from Russia, conducted an 18-member orchestra consisting of conservatory professors and students. This inaugural concert proved that Armenia had the potential to sustain a symphony orchestra. The following year, on March 20, 1925, Professor Arshak Adamian, Rector of the Yerevan Conservatory, led the first concert of the then newly founded symphony orchestra. At the time, Spendiarian accurately predicted,
Spendiaryan died in Yerevan in 1928.
In 1967, the Alexander Spendiarian House Museum was established in the house where the composer lived during the last years of his life. The museum has recreated the genuine atmosphere of
Georges Garvarentz (1 April 1932 - 19 March 1993) was an Armenian-French composer, noted for his music for Charles Aznavour's songs.
Georges Garvarents was born in Athens, Greece, to a family of Armenian immigrants. His father, literature professor and poet Kevork Garvarentz, was the author of the Armenian military anthem.
In 1942 Garvarentz's family moved to Paris, France, where Georges attended Conservatoire de Paris.
In 1956 Georges met Charles Aznavour and started writing music for his songs. Together they wrote over 100 songs, including Rends garde à toi (1956), Et pourtant (1962), Il faut saisir sa chance (1962), Retiens la nuit (1962), Hier Encore (1964), Paris au mois d'août (Paris in August, 1966), Une vie d'amour (1980).
In 1965 Georges married Charles Aznavour's sister, Aida Aznavourian.
Georges Garvarentz also composed over 150 film scores, including scores for Un taxi pour Tobrouk (Taxi for Tobruk, 1960), Les Parisiennes (Tales of Paris, 1962), Le Diable et les dix commandements (The Devil and the Ten Commandments, 1962), Le Rat d'Amérique (Rat Trap, 1963), Estambul 65 (That Man in Istanbul, 1965), Caroline chérie (Dear Caroline, 1968), Sapho ou La fureur d'aimer
Armen Tigranian (26 December 1879, Alexandropol – 10 February 1950, Tbilisi) was an Armenian music composer and conductor. His best-known works were two national operas, Anoush (premiere: Alexandropol, 4 (17) August 1912, the first opera performance in Armenia) and Davit Bek (1950); the latter of which premiered only months before his death and was his final composition. He was the younger brother of composer Nikoghayos Tigranian.
Armen Tigranian was born in Alexandropol, Armenia. He started becoming interested in music at a very early age. In 1902 Tigranian finished the Tbilisi Music College, studying composition with Makar Ekmalyan. Tigranyan devoted himself to teaching and continued composing music, mainly songs and romances in Armenian folk traditions.
Tigranian's Anush opera, written in 1908 and remodelled in 1932, is called the "national opera of the Armenian people". Anoush, based on Hovhannes Tumanian's story of country romance and tragedy captured the attention of audiences and became a perennial of the concert repertoire. The American premiere of Anoush took place in 1981 at Michigan Opera Theatre.
The history of Karabakh Melikdoms inspired the opera David Bek
Alan Hovhaness (Armenian: Ալան Յովհաննէս) (March 8, 1911 – June 21, 2000) was an Armenian-American composer.
The Boston Globe music critic Richard Buell wrote: "Although he has been stereotyped as a self-consciously Armenian composer (rather as Ernest Bloch is seen as a Jewish composer), his output assimilates the music of many cultures. What may be most American about all of it is the way it turns its materials into a kind of exoticism. The atmosphere is hushed, reverential, mystical, nostalgic."
He was among the most prolific of 20th century composers, his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies (surviving manuscripts indicate over 70) and 434 opus numbers. However, the true tally is well over 500 surviving works since many opus numbers comprise two or more distinct works.
He was born as Alan Vaness Chakmakjian in Somerville, Massachusetts, to Haroutioun Hovanes Chakmakjian (an Armenian chemistry professor at Tufts College who had been born in Adana, Turkey) and Madeleine Scott (an American woman of Scottish descent who had graduated from Wellesley College). When he was five, his family moved from Somerville to Arlington, Massachusetts. A Hovhaness family neighbour
Soghomon Gevorgi Soghomonyan (Սողոմոն Գևորգի Սողոմոնյան), commonly known as Komitas Vardapet (Կոմիտաս Վարդապետ, by Western Armenian transliteration also Gomidas Vartabed) or simply Komitas (Gomidas) (born on September 26 or October 8, 1869, in Kütahya, Ottoman Empire; died on October 22, 1935, in Paris, France) was an Armenian priest, composer, choir leader, singer, music ethnologist, music pedagogue and musicologist. Many regard him as the founder of modern Armenian classical music.
Komitas lost his mind after witnessing the 1915 Armenian Genocide and is considered a martyr of the genocide.
Soghomon (Gevorgi) Soghomonyan was born into a family whose members were deeply involved in music and were monolingual in Turkish. His mother died when he was one, and his father died ten years later. His grandmother looked after him until 1881, when a prelate of the local Armenian diocese went to Echmiadzin to be consecrated a bishop. The catholicos Gevork IV ordered him to bring one orphaned child to be educated at the Echmiadzin Seminary. Soghomon was chosen among 20 candidates and admitted into the seminary (where he impressed the catholicos with his singing talent) and graduated in 1893,
Daja Yavasharian (Armenian: Դաղա Յավասհարիան b. Aug 14, 1981) is an American violinist and composer. He is of Armenian heritage.
Yavasharian was born in Yerevan, Armenia to Aram and Lilit Yavasharian, both professional musicians in the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 5, Yavasharian and his family moved to Los Angeles, California. It was in the United States that his love for music developed. Aram would give his son, Daja, daily violin lessons with the hope of having the legacy of music continue throughout their family. The younger Yavasharian quickly progressed and won his first concerto competition at the age of 14 years old, after a particularly riveting performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin concerto. He eventually become concertmaster of his high school's orchestra and was admitted to the Juilliard School.
At Juilliard, Yavasharian would continue in the footsteps of his father. Aram Yavasharian was a Juilliard alumni who had previously studied under the direction of the late Armenian violinist Ivan Galamian. Determined to be as successful as his father was, Daja practiced 7–8 hours everyday with the hopes of becoming one of the best violinists at the music
Alexander Grigorevich Arutiunian (Arm. Ալեքսանդր Գրիգորի Հարությունյան), also known as Arutunian, Arutyunyan, Arutjunjan or Harutiunian (23 September 1920 – 28 March 2012) was a Soviet and Armenian composer and pianist, Professor of Yerevan State Conservatory (1977), widely-known particularly for his Trumpet concerto described as flashy by the New York Times. He was awarded by the Stalin Prize (1949) and State Prize of Armenia (1970), People's Artist of the USSR (1970) and Armenian SSR (1964) honorary titles, Aram Khachaturian Prize (1986), "St Mesrop Mashtots" and "Khorenatsi" Armenian medals, "Alexandrov" Gold medal (1976), the Orpheus Award (Kentucky, USA) and "St Sahak and St Mesrop" Order by Holy Etchmiadzin (2004).
Arutiunian was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in the family of Grigor and Eleonora Arutiunian. His father was a military serviceman. At an early age Arutiunian met famous composer Alexander Spendiarian. In 1927 Arutiunian became a member of the Yerevan State Conservatory’s children group, then, at the age of fourteen, he was admitted to the Conservatory to the studios of O.Babasyan (piano), and S.Barkhudaryan and V. Talyan (composition). He graduated from the Music
Ghazaros (Lazar) Saryan (Armenian: Ղազարոս Սարյան, Russian: Лазарь Мартиросович Сарьян, Rostov-on-Don, Sept. 30, 1920 – Yerevan, May 27, 1998) was an Armenian composer and educator.
Ghazaros Saryan was born into a family of distinguished Armenian artists. He is the son of renowned painter Martiros Saryan and the grandson of the prominent writer Ghazaros Aghayan. Musically gifted, Ghazaros attended the Yerevan State Conservatory from 1934 to 1938, where he studied composition with Sargis Barkhudaryan and Vardges Talyan. Afterwards, he travelled to Moscow and enrolled in the composition class of Vissarion Shebalin at the Gnessin State Musical College.
With the outbreak of World War II in 1941, Ghazaros was drafted into the Soviet army and served actively until 1945. Subsequently, he entered the Moscow Conservatory. Among his composition teachers were Dmitri Kabalevsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Anatoly Nikolayevich Alexandrov. Saryan graduated in 1950.
Upon his return to Armenia, Saryan joined the faculty of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory where he taught orchestration. During 1955-56, he was chairman of the Armenian Composers' Union. In 1960, he was appointed rector of the
Armen Martirosyan (Armenian Արմեն Մարտիրոսյան, born on 25 February 1963 in Yerevan) is an Armenian-Russian musician and composer.
His first music lessons were given in his early childhood by his grandmother, who taught him the rudiments of the notes. At the same time, his parents introduced him to different genres of musical art (ballet, opera and concerts of symphonic music). In 1970, aged seven, he entered the well-known music school being already familiar with the notes, having perfect pitch and a sense of rhythm. Teachers noticed the absolute composing abilities and rare intuition for performing musical composition.
In 1978, aged fourteen, he met Edvard Mirzoyan, the Chairman of the Composers’ Union of Armenia. It was a historical event for the teenager.
In 1980, he entered the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory and the composition class of Edvard Mirzoyan.
In 1982, Martirosyan married his school-friend, Tatyana Dagbashyan, who became his muse and close friend for life.
A strong innovative character distinguished Martirosyan. He was the first composer in Armenia to apply computer technologies in music.
1991 to 1995 were Martirosyan's “traveling years”. During these four years
Armen Movsessian (Armenian: Արմեն Մովսեսյան, born in Yerevan, Armenia) is a violin player. His formal training as a musician began as a child. He received his high school diploma from the Tchaikovsky's School of Music for the musically gifted, and earned his B.A. and Master’s from the Yerevan Conservatory named after Komitas. He was one of only fifty-four violinists worldwide to be invited to compete in the International Competition of Violinists in Indianapolis in 1990. This is when he decided to move to the United States and has since been named Concertmaster for the Panama National Symphony in Panama City, Panama, and for the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. Movsessian was an instructor of violin, viola, and chamber music at Clark University and an instructor of violin at the Longy School of Music, both in Massachusetts. He has performed during the 2003 and 2004 Ethnicity world tours with Yanni, as well as the 2005 Yanni Live! The Concert Event, and Yanni Voices tours.
Onno Tunç (full name Ohannes Tunçboyacıyan, Armenian: Օհաննես Թունչբոյաջյան) was a leading Turkish-Armenian musician, working mainly as a composer and an arranger. Tunç also played bass guitar and occasionally double bass, contributing to the albums of several musicians. He was the elder brother of musician Arto Tunçboyacıyan.
Onno Tunç was born in 1948 in Istanbul. His music experience started with the church choir of Hayrur Mangaz (Hundred students). In his first year of middle school, he had to drop out to go to work to support his family.
Born in a financially limited family, he could not afford a musical instrument although they fascinated him, until Anush ("Sweet" in Armenian), the mother of his friend Arman bought her son a guitar, and one for Onno too. Onno, a fast-learning autodidact, started a music band and soon repaid Anush.
He composed 175 songs and represented Turkey in many European music contests. A very close friend of Turkish singer Sezen Aksu, he co-wrote and composed many of the songs she performed throughout her career, as well as arranging all of her albums. It was widely known that his death tipped Sezen Aksu into depression. She dedicated her album Düş
Siranush Harutyunyan (born on January 7, 1987 in Yerevan, Armenia), known simply as Sirusho (Armenian: Սիրուշո), is an Armenian pop singer. She began her music career singing live in Canada, in the Armenian diaspora music scene, when she was seven years old and, at the age of nine, she received an Armenian Music Award for her song "Lusabats". Her first studio album, Sirusho, was released in 2000, and its follow-up, Sheram, in 2005. In the same year, she was awarded The Future of Armenian Music, Best Album and Best Female Performer awards in the first Armenian National Music Awards. The BBC describes her success as making her a "national treasure" in Armenia, and its news service has gone on to report that she is popular in both Armenia and "throughout the Armenian diaspora throughout the world". She currently studies diplomacy in Yerevan State University, having majored in international relations.
Sirusho also sings in the Greek language and, in April 2009, released her first Greek single "Erotas" in Armenia, Greece and Cyprus. The song is an up-tempo dance record with heavy Greek laiko musical influences which is apparent from the dancing and dress in the music video. Sirusho
Loris Tjeknavorian (also spelled Cheknavarian, Armenian: Լորիս Ճգնավորյան; Persian: لوریس چکناواریان, born October 13, 1937) is a contemporary Iranian-Armenian composer and conductor. He was born in Borujerd in the province of Lorestan, southwestern Iran, and was educated in Tehran.
In the course of his career, Tjeknavarian has made about 100 recordings (with RCA, Philips, EMI, ASV, etc.) and written more than 75 compositions (symphonies, operas, a requiem, chamber music, concerto for piano, violin, guitar, cello and pipa (Chinese lute), ballet music, choral works and an oratorio. And over 45 Film mosaics. Tjeknavarian also has conducted international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, US, Canada, Hungary, Iran, Finland, former USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Denmark, Israel, etc. In October 2010 he became the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra in Southern California. Glenn Treibitz, president of the Glendale Symphony said; "with Loris Tjeknavorian at the helm, our orchestra will automatically become one of the most prominent in the Western USA."
His own compositions have been performed by major orchestras,
Ara Gevorgyan (Armenian: Արա Գևորգյան, born April 19, 1960, Yerevan) is an Armenian musician, composer and musical producer. In 2004 he was awarded the Honorary Artist of the Republic of Armenia title by the President Robert Kocharyan.
Gevorgian is the son of Armenian folk-singer Valya Samvelyan. He studied at School #31 of Yerevan and at the A. Tigranyan Musical School at the same time. During the two years he studied at Yerevan #8 college of Fine Arts. From 1983 to 1987 he studied at Armenian State Pedagogical University at the faculty of woodwind instruments and pop music department. In 1987-1989 Gevorgian taught conducting at the same Institute, then he worked at Armenian Television ("3 Alik" TV program).
In 1983 he founded the "Rally" Armenian pop-rock band, the participant of "Song-85" festival.
He participated in the Opening Ceremony of the Cultural Year of Armenia in Russia hosted at the Moscow Kremlin Music Hall and honored by the presence of the presidents of Armenia and Russia Robert Kocharyan and Vladimir Putin respectively and the famous singer Charles Aznavour.
Ara Gevorgian co-operates with Jivan Gasparyan, Ian Gillan, Demis Roussos, Pedro Eustache, Daniel Decker and
Raffi Armenian, CM (born June 4, 1942) is an Armenian-Canadian conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher. Since 2008 he has been the director of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal.
Armenian was born in Cairo and had his first music lessons there, moving in 1959 to Vienna to study piano with Bruno Seidlhofer. After graduating, he put his musical studies aside and attended the University of London from 1962 to 1965, where he majored in metallurgy. He returned to the Vienna Academy of Music and studied from 1965 to 1969. In 1968, Armenian was one of two finalists at the International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon, France.
Armenian emigrated to Canada in 1969 to become the assistant conductor of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia .From 1971 to 1993, he was the Artistic Director and conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Under Armenian's guidance, the K-W Symphony emerged by the mid-1970s as one of the most vital in Canada.
Armenian acted as the musical director of the Stratford Festival from 1973 to 1976, and founded the Stratford Festival Ensemble (later renamed the Canadian Chamber Ensemble) in 1974.
Serouj Kradjian is an Armenian-Canadian pianist and composer.
At fourteen earned a scholarship to study in Vienna, and was gaining allocades by the age of seven. He moved to Vienna at fourteen to pursue his training on a scholarship. He later studied with Marietta Orlov at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance in 1994. He studied with Einar Steen-Nökleberg at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover, Germany, receiving a Solo Performance degree in 2001.
Kradjian has appeared with the Vancouver and Edmonton Symphonies, Göttingen Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, the Armenian Philharmonic and the Thailand Philharmonic under the baton of conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Stéphane Denève, Gudni Emilsson and Raffi Armenian.
Kradjian has performed solo and chamber music recitals in many world venues and he has been invited to perform at festivals such as the Bergen Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Colmar Festival and the Festival Del Sole- Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.
Works composed or arranged by Kradjian have been performed by I Musici Montreal, the Vancouver Symphony and the Elmer Iseler
Alexey Ekimyan (Armenian: Ալեքսեյ Հեքիմյան, Russian: Алексей Гургенович Экимян) also Alexey Gurgenovich Hekimyan (April 10, 1927 – April 24, 1982) was a famous Armenian-Russian composer, and author of popular songs. Ekimyan was also a General of Soviet militsia (police) and was the head of Criminal Investigation Department of Moscow region. He was considered the only popular composer in the world who ruled a law-enforcement department at the same time. Ekimyan awarded by the "Renowned Master of the Arts" Armenian SSR official title.
Born in Baku, Ekimyan's first song for the Moscow International Festival (1957) was approved by Vano Muradeli ("I don't know if you would become a general, but you would become a composer!"). His songs were performed and recorded by prominent Soviet singers that include Lyudmila Zykina ("I don't need another love"), Iosif Kobzon, Lusine Zakaryan, Muslim Magomayev ("Save the friends"), Sofia Rotaru, Vakhtang Kikabidze, Ruben Matevosian ("Gharabaghtsin"). Among his most famous songs are- "Listopad", "Vsya jizn' vperedi", "Sonjachnyj doshh", "Odinochestvo" (written by poets Robert Rozhdestvensky, Rasul Gamzatov, and others). Aram Khachaturian wrote: "The
H.A. Der-Hovagimian (sometimes spelled Ter-Hovakimyan) born in Toronto, Canada, is a Canadian-Armenian music composer, songwriter and producer.
He signed his first recording contract with the newly found Hi-Bias Records imprint at the age of 17. For the following 15 years, he was mainly credited under the adopted pseudonym Mark Ryan.
For years, his main focus was his Temperance project. Starting out as a solo Tech house project, his debut commercial release was the 5-track Phantasy EP, released early 1992 on Hi-Bias Records. Temperance eventually crossed over into a more Dance-pop/Eurodance sound with the inclusion of Mark's schoolmate Lorraine Reid on vocals. Over the next couple of years Temperance won numerous top ten hits, awards, and licenses worldwide.
By 19, Mark's on the side successful remix works also led to Billboard magazine titling him one of the top remixers from Canada. In 1996, Temperance peaked with its hi-nrg cover version of the 1980s hit "Forever Young".
In 1997, after the releases of S.P.O.T. (Side Project of Temperance) and the Temperance single "Universal Dream", Mark parted ways to launch 22 Green Productions, primarily focusing on producing and remixing