Today We Celebrate Vache Sharafyan's Birthday

Vache Sharafyan

Vache Sharafyan is a composer from Armenia. He is the author of a number of symphonic, chamber, vocal, choral compositions that have been performed widely by many leading musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Yuri Bashmet and others. Sharafyan is the author of a new Armenian opera "King Abgar" 2010. He graduated with distinction from the Composition Department of Yerevan State Musical Conservatory in 1990. In 1992, he received post-graduate education in composition as part of the class of Professor Edvard Mirzoyan.

From 1992 to 1996 Sharafyan worked as a Professor of music theory and sacred music in Jerusalem Theological Armenian Seminary (Israel). He wrote the Book of Chants for Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem. As an official composer for the Silk Road Project since 2001, Vache Sharafyan's compositions “The Morning Scent of the Acacia’s Song” for duduk and string quartet (as well as version for duduk, soprano and string orchestra) and ”The Sun, the Wine and the Wind of Time” for duduk, violin, cello and piano were performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble in Cologne Philharmonic hall, Brussels Philharmonic hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, in USA: Carnegie (Stern) Hall, Carnegie (Zankel) Hall, Berkeley, Stanford Universities, Seattle Benaroya Hall, Washington National Mall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, in Rome, Florence- Theatre Pergola, Milan- Giuseppe Verdi hall.

His 2007 world premiers included Viola concerto ”Surgite Gloriae” with duduk, descant, baritone and orchestra performed by Yuri Bashmet and “Moscow Soloists” at Elba Isola Festival and Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall philharmonics season opening, “My Lofty Moon” for 5 eastern and 8 western instruments with Atlas Ensemble (cond. Ed Spanjaard) at Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, “11 arrangements & transcriptions by Komitas” with Gevorg Dabaghyan and NCOA at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, “Quintetto quasi Concerto per pianoforte e archi” with violinist Movses Pogossian and LA Symphony principals at Zipper hall in Los Angeles, “On wings of hymnal” no 3, 4 for two cellos (with singing parts) with Suren Bagratuni and Ling-Yi Ou Yang in Taipei.

Sharafyan’s compositions have been performed in Armenia, Israel, France, USA, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Lebanon, Thailand, Hungary, Austria, Taiwan, Mexico, Switzerland, Greece, Sweden, Japan and Iceland. Sharafyan has been a BMI Composer since 2002. He was nominated for the "Civitella Ranieri Fellowship" in 2006, Italy. Sharafyan was a guest professor at UCLA in 2011.