Vahram Sargsyan

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Name in Armenian Վահրամ Սարգսյան
Birthplace Yerevan
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Birth date 28 May 1981
Lived in Yerevan, Montreal
Resides in Montreal
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Eastern Armenian

Vahram Sargsyan (alternate transliterations include Sarkissian or Sargsian, Armenian: Վահրամ Սարգսյան; born 28 May 1981, Yerevan, Armenia) is an Armenian composer and choral conductor currently living in Montreal, Canada.

Biography

Vahram Sargsyan studied at the P. Tchaikovsky Musical College, at the Music Theory Faculty. He then studied composition with Ashot Zohrabyan at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory from 1998–2003, where he also studied conducting with Tigran Hekekyan from 2000–06 and where he has had post-graduate studies in composition again with Ashot Zohrabyan from 2005-2007.
His music has been performed in Armenia, UK, Germany, Austria, Belarus, Greece, Poland, Italy, Canada, as well as in the USA. His composition Luis Zvart was performed at the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music (Minneapolis, Minnesota 2002).
His arrangement of Khorurd Metz[1] (Great Mystery) is included in the Oxford University Press anthology World Carols for Choirs (2005)[2] and has been recorded by BBC Singers.
It has been broadcasted[3] by BBC Radio 3. He has had commissions from Oxford University Press (UK), A.R.CO.VA.(Italy), Boston Choral Ensemble (USA), and others.
Vahram Sargsyan's name has appeared in Who is Who in Choral Music [4] since 2007. He is a member of Union of Composers and Musicologists of Armenia.
He serves as a music consultant[5] for European Choral Association-Europa Cantat since June 2010.

Awards

  • The winner award in the 3rd BCE Commission Competition[6] (Boston, USA 2010, for Tribulationes)
  • 1st prize in the International Contest for New Choral Compositions[7] (Petrinja, Croatia 2009, for Anegh Bnutiun);
  • An award from the World Armenian Congress “for creative achievements” (2009, for Mythis);
  • Co-winner award at the European Seminar for Young Composers[8] (Aosta, Italy 2008, for Laudate Dominum);
  • An award in the Choral Composition Competition in Yerevan, Armenia (2006, for Tantum ergo).

Selected works

Orchestral

  • Ter yete - God, if (cantata), mixed chorus, large orchestra (64 players), 2003
  • Mythis, 18 strings, 2008

Chamber Music

  • Five Images, cello, piano, 1996
  • Poem, cello, piano, 1998
  • Sonatina, clarinet, piano, 1999
  • String Quartet, 2000
  • Music for 13, large ensemble (13 players), 2002
  • Selbstvergessenheit, 2 clarinets, cello, piano, 2006
  • Deux Silhouettes Féminines (texts by Paul Fort, Yeghishe Charents), soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2007

Choral

  • Tkhur meran - Sadly Departed (text by Vahan Terian), female chorus, 1999
  • Kesgisher - Midnight (text by Vahan Terian), mixed chorus, 1999
  • Voghormya - Lord, Have Mercy (text from Psalm 50 [Armenian translation]), mixed chorus, 2000
  • Luys Zvart - Joyful Light (text from an ancient Greek sacred text [Armenian translation]), female chorus, 2001 (also version for mixed chorus, 2006)
  • Lux aeterna, mixed chorus, 2004
  • Tantum ergo (text by St. Thomas Aquinas), mixed chorus, 2006
  • Domine Deus (text from the Gloria), 7 mixed voices, 2007
  • Laudate Dominum (text from Psalm 150), mixed chorus, 2008
  • Anegh Bnutiun (text by St. Nerses Shnorhali), female chorus, 2008 (also version for male chorus, 2009)
  • Dzaynik (text by Komitas Vardapet), female chorus, 2009
  • Ilik (folk text), female chorus, 2009
  • Stabat Mater, mixed chorus, 2010
  • Tribulationes (excerpts from the Psalms), mixed chorus, 2010

Piano

  • Visions, 1997
  • Variations, 1999

Arrangments

  • Sirt im sasani - My Heart Is Grieving over Judas (13th-century Armenian choral), mixed chorus, 2002;
  • Khorurd metz (Movses Khorenatsi), mixed chorus, 2002

References

  1. Khorurd Metz Mp3 Sample on the website of Oxford University Press: http://fds.oup.com/www.oup.com/mp3/music/WCFC_Armenia.mp3
  2. B. Chilcott & S. Knight: World Carols for Choirs; Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-353231-X
  3. BBC Radio 3 Playlist 12 December 2005, 10.38: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/latejunction/pip/dp97o/
  4. G.Lazri & S. Simon, Who is Who in Choral Music ISBN 978-3-00-022159-0
  5. Music Consultants of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat until the end of 2012: http://www.europeanchoralassociation.org/about-us/music-commission/
  6. BCE Commission Competition Winners: http://www.bostonchoral.org/competition/winners.html#sargsyan
  7. Kompositionswettbewerb für neue Werke für Frauen- oder Männerstimmen, Preisgewinner: http://www.choralcroatia.com/germany/petrinja.aspx
  8. Europa Cantat: European Seminar for Young Composers: http://www.imc-cim.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=11&year=2008&month=07&day=13&Itemid=203

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