Being one of the most prominent Armenian composers of his generation, Vahram Sargsyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981.
Sargsyan's music has been widely performed in Europe, Asia and North America. His main creative fields of interest include chamber and choral genres. He is also active as a conductor. After completing the Music Theory Faculty of the Yerevan P. Tchaikovsky Musical College, Vahram Sargsyan began to study composition with Ashot Zohrabyan at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory (1998-2003), where he also studied conducting with Tigran Hekekyan (2000-06).
Sargsyan's music has been performed in Armenia, UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Japan, Latvia, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Greece, Poland, Italy, Canada, as well as in the USA. His composition Luys Zvart was performed on the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music (Minneapolis, Minnesota 2002). His arrangement of Khorurd Metz (Great Mystery) is included in the Oxford University Press anthology “World Carols for Choirs” (2005) and has been recorded by BBC Singers. It has been broadcasted by BBC Radio 3.
Vahram Sargsyan has had commissions from Oxford University Press (UK), Boston Choral Ensemble (USA), Norddeutsche Rundfunk (Germany) and others. Among the performers of his music are BBC Singers, Little Singers of Armenia, Alan Hovhaness Chamber Orchestra, Armenian State Chamber Choir, Boston Choral Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble EST, Speghani Choir, Ensemble Transmission, St. Geghard Monastery Choir, CME and many others. His honors include the third prize in the Godfrey Ridout Awards from the Socan Foundation (Canada 2012, for Tribulationes); the winner award in the Third BCE Commission Competition (Boston, USA 2010 for Tribulationes), 1st prize in the International Contest for New Choral Compositions in Petrinja, Croatia (2009, for Anegh Bnutiun); an award from the World Armenian Congress “For creative achievements” (2009, for Mythis); an award at the European Seminar for Young Composers (Aosta, Italy 2008, for Laudate Dominum); an award in the Choral Composition Competition in Yerevan, Armenia (2006, for Tantum Ergo).
Vahram Sargsyan’s name appeared in “Who is Who in Choral Music” in 2007. He is a member of Union of Composers and Musicologists of Armenia since 2007. He served as a music consultant for European Choral Association since June 2010. Vahram Sargsyan was the founder and conductor of the Armenian Chamber Voices in Yerevan in 2005-2006.
Currently Vahram Sargsyan studies composition at the Schulich School of Music (McGill University) with French composer Philippe Leroux.