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Biography


CAREER SUMMARY

Ohannes Tchekidjian

Born in 23.01.1929 Istanbul (Turkey)

Distinguished conductor, musician and composer.  Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The State Academic Choir of Armenia  since 1961. Ohannes Tchekidjian performed in 179 major cultural centers of the world including Paris, London, New York, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and also in various  major  cities of the former USSR. All  60 first-class symphonic orchestras, including The Academic State Symphonic Orchestra of the USSR, The Academic Symphonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, and, Orchestra Theatrical Bolshoi  have been on the stage under the direction of Maestro Tchekidjian.

Ohannes  Tchekidjian, as a composer, has unique musical compositions, Vocal symphonies such as ”The Poem  Spring Reveries and Holiday  Ode“. Among many arrangements, he harmonized a number of choral works.

The recording company ”Melodia“ distributed a number of recordings by many Symphonic Orchestras and  The State Academic Choir of Armenia under the direction of  Ohannes Tchekidjian. One of the recordings has awarded  ”Grand Prix“ in Paris.

CDs titled LITURGIE ARMENIENNE  (produced in Canada)  and LITURGY of  KOMITAS (produced in Moscow) delight music lovers all over the world.

“State prize” of the USSR
Title of “Peoples Artist of USSR”
Professor from HAC of USSR Collaboration



EDUCATION

1934-1941 Mekhitaryan School, Istanbul

1941-1947 French College of Saint Michel

1944-1951 Faculty of Conductors at The Istanbul Conservatory

1947-1951 The branch of Vienna College, Istanbul

1951-1953 Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, lectured by professor Jean Fournet,
majoring in Music.  Also attending the Institute of Chemistry, minoring
in Chemical Engineering

1961 Postgraduate courses at Istanbul Conservatory



PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

1944-1951 Conductor of The Duryan Choir, Istanbul

1954-1960 Assistant Conductor of The State Choir of Istanbul

1955-1961 Founder and Conductor of The Tchekidjian Choir

1958-1961 Musical Director of The Istanbul Opera

1960-1961 Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The State Choir, Istanbul

1961-present Moved to Armenia and since then has been working with The State
Academic Choir of Armenia as the Artistic Director & Chief Conductor. The Armenian State Choir was awarded the Academic title in 1969 and the Honoured title in 1975

1975-present Working at Komitas State Conservatory, Yerevan, as Professor since 1982

1982-1987 Director and Chief Conductor of Spendiaryan Academic State Theatre of Opera & Ballet, Yerevan



COMMUNITY SERVICE

Has never been a member of a Political Party at any time


1975-1980 Member of Parliament of Supreme Council of Armenian SSR

1979-1984 Member of Parliament of Supreme Council of the USSR

1980-1990 Member of Parliament of Supreme Council of Armenian SSR