Soviet Union
Bruno Kreisky
London Symphony Orchestra
Carl Orff

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Loris Tjeknavorian

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Loris Tjeknavorian

Contemporary Iranian-Armenian composer and conductor add

Category: Music

Born in 1937.

Countries: Austria (43%), United States (22%), Iran (13%)

Main connections: Soviet Union, RCA, Bruno Kreisky

Linked to: London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Moorhead University




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Loris Tjeknavorian was born in 1937 add something


After studying violin and piano at the Tehran Conservatory of Music, Tjeknavorian studied composition at the Vienna Music Academy, where, in 1961, he graduated with honors add something


From 1961 to 1963 Tjeknavarian taught music theory at the Tehran Conservatory of Music add something


In 1963, back in Austria, Professor Carl Orff granted him a scholarship, which allowed him to reside in Salzburg and to complete his opera "Rostam and Sohrab" add something


In 1965, Tjeknavarian began to study conducting at the University of Michigan add something


From 1966 to 1967 he was appointed composer in residence at the Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and from 1966 to 1970 head of the instrumental and opera departments at the &Moorhead, Minnesota_University in Minnesota add something


In 1970, the Iranian Cultural Minister offered Tjeknavarian a "position as composer in residence" including principal conductor to the Rudaki Opera House Orchestra in Tehran add something


London Symphony Orchestra - In 1975 Tjeknavarian signed an "Exclusive Conducting" contract, with the RCA recording company and made many successful recordings with leading orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra add something


After the Iranian Revolution of 1979, he emigrated to the Soviet Union and to Austria, where he received Austrian citizenship under Chancellor Bruno Kreisky add something


In 1989, Tjeknavarian was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra add something


He lived from 1990 to 2000 in Vienna add something


In three successive years, from 1991 to 1993, the APO was the resident orchestra in the ORF benefit program "Licht ins Dunkel" in Vienna add something


However, in 2000, Tjeknavarian resigned from this position in order to be able to devote more time to composing and conducting other orchestras add something


In October 2010 he became the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Glendale, California Symphony Orchestra in Southern California add something


Sacramento Symphony - Tjeknavorian's recent performances include benefit concerts in Tehran and Los Angeles for the organization MAHAK on behalf of children with cancer, a series of concerts with the Armenian Chamber Orchestra at the Talar Vahdat Hall in Tehran, a performance of his "Ararat Suite" with the Sacramento Symphony, and the world premiere of his "King Cyrus" symphonic suite with the San Francisco Philharmonic Orchestra in August 2013 add something