Vache Sharafyan

Feb 11 1966

One of the major composers in Armenia, but also internationally Vache Sharafyan is the author of more than hundred compositions including symphonic works, chamber music, choral, vocal music including the opera "King Abgar", and ballet "Another Moon" (about G. I Gurjieff. written at the Bogliasco Arts center), "Ancient Gods" (by Levon Shant), “the bride of the desert” one act ballet. Sharafyan's music is widely performed in his native country, but also in the most prestigious international halls in USA, Italy, Russia, France, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Thailand, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Ireland, England, Israel, Scotland, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Lebanon, Georgia, Greece, Cyprus and Sweden…

It is also invited by many contemporary music festivals whether in the US or Europe. Praised as " stark, mysterious and ultimately majestic " by The New York Times, " complex, deliberate, ultimately captivating " by the Boston Globe, " ingenious... , kaleidoscope of iridescent timbres..., magical " by The Strad, "fascinating and expressive" by David Harrington /Kronos Quartet/, "the most wonderful..." by Chicago Tribune.

The works of Sharafyan were commissioned and/or performed by outstanding musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and "Silk Road Ensemble", Yuri Bashmet and The Ensemble "Soloists of Moscow", Anne Akiko Meyers, The Hilliard Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Gil Rose, Suren Bagratuni, Alexander Chaushian, Mario Brunello, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Movses Pogossian, Colin Jacobsen, Haik Kazazian, George Pehlivanian, Thuringer Symphony, Dresden Symphony Orchestra (cond. Andrea Molino, Premil Petrovic), Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Rostock Philharmonics, Metropolitan Artists in Concert, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts (2018), SDG Psalm project,  Jacaranda on the Edge fest, Estonian State Male Choir /Mikk Uleoja/, Dilijan chamber Music series in Los Angeles, ANPO /E. Topchjan/, ASSO /S. Smbatyan/, NCOA, Sion Festival, George Pehlivanian, Karen Durgaryan, Constantine Orbelian, Trio Atanassov, Firebird Ensemble, Baird Trio, Gevorg Dabaghyan, Jivan Gasparyan, Araik Bartikian, Svetlana Navasardyan, Armen Babakhanyan, Artur Avanesov, Hayk Melikyan, Maxim Novikov, Matthias Worm, Itamar Ringel, Tony Arnold, Theo Bleckmann, Carl Thiemt, MATA (USA), Aurora prize ceremony to mention a few.

Vache Sharafyan was born in 1966 in Yerevan (Armenia). A graduate of the Conservatory of Yerevan in 1990, in 1992 he obtained a doctorate in composition in the class of Professor Edvard Mirzoyan. From 1992 to 1996 he taught at the Armenian Theological Seminary in Jerusalem and is the author of a book on sacred hymns for the Church Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. From 2001 was chosen by the great cellist Yo-Yo Ma as an official composer for the Silk Road Project Inc ("Morning scent of the acacia's song", "Sun, wine, wind of time", "Ascending kyamancha"). In 2007 "Surgite Gloriae" Viola Concerto by Sharafyan was premiered by Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists at the opening of the Philharmonic Season of Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Grand Hall, in 2013 was performed by Moscow Soloists and G. Dabaghyan at the Sochi Olympic Games Winter festival closing ceremony. In 2015-2016 "Surgite Gloriae" was included by the Dresden Symphony Orchestra in the series of sensational concerts "Aghet" dedicated to 100 years of the Armenian Genocide.  "Aghet" caused and influenced a lot the acceptance of the genocide by Bundestag and continues its work…