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History


 The State Academic Choir
of Armenia



The State Choir of Armenia was formed in 1937.
Professor Ohannes Tchekidjian has been an artistic director and chief conductor of the Choir since September 1961.

The Choir under the directions of Prof. Tchekidjian has reached the highest level of performance and has been awarded numerous titles and prizes.
The concert repertoire of the Choir is very rich and diverse.

The Choir is most famous in the world for its unprecedented and unsurpassed  performences of all major works by Komitas and other Armenian classical composers.

The Academic State Choir of Armenia always performs its programs in the original languages (more than 27 in total) and its programs include all major Requiems, Oratorios, Cantatas and Masses as well as other large and small works by such composers as Bach, Haendel, Mozart, Verdi, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Rossini, Wagner, Schubert, Bellini, Berlioz, Gounod, Fauré, Smetana, Mendelssohn, Gershwin and many many others.
In 1969 for its high professionalism and achievements the Choir has been awarded the title of  Academic Choir.

Amongst its highest achievements are – the first prize at the Choral Contest of the USSR and  the “Grand Prix of the Paris Academy for the choral recordings.

Different newspapers of the world Figaro, New York Times, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, Independent, Paris Mach, Meridional, Los Angeles Times, Macedonia, Le Soir, La revue du Liban, Le provençal and others have repeatedly praised the achievements and the professionalism of the Choir and its Artistic Director Professor Ohannes Tchekidjian.

Under the baton of maestro Tchekidjian, the Choir had performed 97 times in St. Petersburg mostly at the Shostakovich Hall and more than 70 of them were performed in participation with famous Mravinskiy Symphony Orchestra.

The Choir had an honor to perform at such worldwide famous halls as the Palais des Congrès, the La Sale Pleyel, the Théâtre des Champs­-Elysées of Paris, as well as the  Queen Elizabeth Hall and the  Westminster Methodist Center Hall of London, the Salle Smetana of Prague, New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, the Boston Symphony Hall, Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, Los Angeles’s Scottish Rite Auditorium, Moscow Conservatorium Hall and many others.

Tatoul Altounyan
Founder and Artistic
director
1937 – 1939



Aram Ter-Hovhannisyan
Artistic director
1939 – 1944
1954 – 1960



Ohannes Tchekidjian
Artistic director and chief conductor since 1961




The Choir led by Maestro Ohannes Tchekidjian performed masterpieces of brilliant Classics, including Requiem of Berlioz, which was performed 35 time in the following cities:

 

  •   26.02.1967  Moscow
  •   27.02.1967  Moscow
  •   02.03.1967  Saint Petersburg
  •   03.03.1967  Saint Petersburg
  •   03.12.1967  Minsk
  •   25.11.1968  Tbilisi
  •   27.11.1968  Tbilisi
  •   05.03.1969  Saint Petersburg
  •   06.03.1969  Saint Petersburg
  •   15.03.1969  Vilnius
  •   16.03.1969  Kaunas
  •   28.03.1970  Omsk
  •   29.03.1970  Omsk
  •   18.10.1974  Saint Petersburg
  •   19.10.1974  Saint Petersburg
  •   28.12.1974  Yerevan
  •   24.04.1975  Ulyanovsk
  •   07.03.1976  Chisinau
  •   09.03.1976  Tiraspol
  •   13.03.1976  Kiev
  •   14.03.1976  Kiev
  •   17.03.1976  Kharkiv
  •   19.03.1976  Kharkiv
  •   24.03.1976  Dnipropetrovsk
  •   26.03.1977  Sverdlovsk
  •   27.03.1977  Sverdlovsk
  •   16.05.1978  Odessa
  •   21.05.1978  Lviv
  •   22.05.1978  Lviv
  •   27.05.1978  Kiev
  •   20.10.1978  Saint Petersburg
  •   21.10.1978  Saint Petersburg
  •   13.11.1980  Riga
  •   18.11.1980  Kaunas
  •   19.11.1980  Vilnius
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