Composer, conductor, cellist, performer of Armenian viola Grigor Arakelian was
born on June 15, 1963 in Yerevan. From 1981 to 1985 he studied in the cello
class of the string department of the Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas
(proff. Alexander Chaushyan).
In 1982-1983 he received conducting lessons from Valery Gergiev. 1983-1988 he
studied at the Department of Composition of the Yerevan Komitas State
Conservatory (proff. Edward Mirzoyan).
In 1990-1996 he was the artistic director of “Pyunik” Folk Instruments Ensemble.
The ensemble gave concerts in Switzerland in 1993 and in France in 1995.
1991-1994 Grigor Arakelian was the director of the music school of the Mkhitar
Sebastatsi Educational Complex in Yerevan.
In 2005 he led the choir of S. Mesrop Mashtots Church of Oshakan, based on which
he founded the "Oshakan" ensemble of Armenian medieval music. It became very
popular among ancient European music lovers, performing at Radio France in
Paris, at the Central Cathedral of Monaco, at the opening of the La Majeur
Cathedral in Marseilles, at the Thoronet, Pontoise festivals, Stimmenfestivale
Since 2013, he has been the artistic director and soloist of the "Les Violons
d'Arménie" string quintet. New Armenian string instruments are included in the
quintet. The repertoire includes Armenian, European baroque and romantic music.
In 1993 with the help of the famous Armenian violin maker Martin Yeritsyan, he
created a new type of Armenian instrument, Armenian viola, which has a unique
sound typical of Armenian sacred music. With this instrument, the gems of our
medieval music, such as the taghs of Narekatsi's "Gohar Vard" and "Eye of the
Sea", the psalms of Mashtots' were performed on the world's famous stages.
Since 2000, Grigor Arakelian has performed on world-renowned stages: Radio
France, Institut du Monde arabe in France, Dijon World Music Festival, Thoronet,
Pontois Festival, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada (Quebec spiritual music
festival), Morocco and Iran.
As a conductor, he collaborates with various orchestras and choirs National
Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Symphony Orchestra and Opera and Ballet theater,
Aiken Civic Orchestra (USA) Parnassus Ensemble (Netherlands), VivaVoce Choir
(Montreal), Orquestra Consonância (Portugal), Choir of the University of Moncton
(Canada), performing his new works and arrangements based on Armenian medieval