Edvard Mirzoyan

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Edvard Mirzoyan (right) with the composer Ruben Sarkisyan in 2011.

Edvard Mik'aeli Mirzoyan (Armenian: Էդվարդ Միքայելի Միրզոյան; May 12, 1921 – October 5, 2012)[1] was an Armenian composer.[2]

Mirzoyan was born in Gori, Georgia. Initially schooled in music in Yerevan and graduated from the Komitas State Conservatory, Mirzoyan went on to Moscow to further refine his art. In late 1956 he was elected president of the Armenian Composers’ Union, a position he held until 1991. He was a professor of composition at the Komitas State Conservatory, and president of the Peace Foundation of Armenia.

Mirzoyan’s compositional output is relatively small but quite distinguished, combining graceful lyricism with intense drama. With its formal structure and tonal design, his style has been described as Neoclassical, with elements of Armenian folksong always present. Mirzoyan’s String Quartet, Cello Sonata,[3] Symphony for Strings and Timpani,[4] and Epitaph for String Orchestra have become notable additions to the repertoire.


  • Yot hndik tghaner (Seven Indian Boys, 2007)
  • Khachmeruki deghatune (Crossroad's pharmacy, 1988)
  • Tasnerku ughekitsner (Twelve Companions, 1962)
  • Pluzum (Collapse, 1960)


  1. ^ "Library of Congress Authorities". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Умер композитор Эдвард Мирзоян". ukrnews24.com. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012.  (Russian)
  3. ^ performed by Mstislav Rostropovich and Alexander Dedukhin, as archived in the "Russian Legends" series of CDs on the Dutch label Brilliant Classics. In reference to this see "All Music Guide". Retrieved 2 May 2013.  though all references there are probably to different instantiations of the same live performance/recording/release.
  4. ^ Commercially recorded (at least) twice. See "All Music Guide". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

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