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]

Edward Mirzoyan was born in Gori, Georgia. He called himself an atheist,[3] but added, "There is only one planet on which people live and are being born. And while it is, it's a miracle. A miracle, every leaf and every bug.... And it all depends on how you are able to enjoy this miracle. Some do not even think that they were born into a miracle."[4]


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. Edward Mirzoyan was married to Elena (Heghine) Mamikonovna for 50 years. He is survived by his son, Arshak Mirzoyan, and three grandchildren: Heghine, Satenig, and Shant Mirzoyan.


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,[5] Symphony for Strings and Timpani,[6] and Epitaph for String Orchestra have become notable additions to the repertoire.

Edvard Mirzoyan is buried at the Komitas Pantheon which is located in the city center of Yerevan.[7]


Mirzoyan's tombstone in Komitas Pantheon
  • 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. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. (Russian)
  3. ^ Shamchyan, Hasmik. "Эдвард Мирзоян. Предрешенная жизнь". DESIGN DeLuxe Magazine (in Russian). Ты, наверное, не удивишься, если я скажу, что я – атеист.
  4. ^ Shamchyan, Hasmik. "Эдвард Мирзоян. Предрешенная жизнь". DESIGN DeLuxe Magazine (in Russian). Но есть только одна планета, на которой живут и рождаются люди. И пока она есть, это чудо. Чудо – каждый листик и каждая букашка... И все зависит от того, насколько ты способен пользоваться этим чудом. Некоторые даже и не задумываются, что они попали в чудо. Accessed September 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Performed by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Alexander Dedukhin, as archived in the "Russian Legends" album series on the Dutch label Brilliant Classics. See "All Music Guide". Retrieved 2 May 2013..
  6. ^ Commercially recorded (at least) twice. See "All Music Guide". Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  7. ^ Mirzoyan's memorial tombstone at Komitas Pantheon

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