Hovhannes Badalyan

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Hovhannes Badalyan
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Background information
Birth nameHovhannes Hambardzumi Badalyan
Born(1924-12-15)December 15, 1924
village of Shavarin, near Hamadan, Iran
DiedAugust 19, 2001(2001-08-19) (aged 76)
Instrumentstenor vocal

Hovhannes Hambardzumi Badalyan (Armenian: Հովհաննես Համբարձումի Բադալյան, December 15, 1924, village of Shavarin, near Hamadan, Iran – August 19, 2001, Yerevan, Armenia) was an Armenian singer (tenor), People's Artist of Armenia (1961) and Professor of Yerevan State Conservatory.[1]

Hovhannes Badalyan's plaque in Yerevan


Badalyan's parents were from the Armenian village of Gardabad near the city of Urmia, and they became refugees when the Turkish army invaded northwestern Iran. Hovhannes attended the local Armenian school in Baghdad, and in 1936 he returned to Iran where he started singing in Nicol Galanderian’s choir. In Tehran, he studied and performed with Hambartzoom Grigorian and Karl Kulger. At the age of 22, Badalian left for Armenia, where he attended the Romanos Melikian Music College. In 1948, he joined the Folk Music Instruments Ensemble of the Armenian Radio as a soloist.[2] In 2001, his achievements were recognized with the Movses Khorenatsi Medal. Badalyan performed on many world stages from the Middle East to Europe, Australia, Canada, US and Soviet Union.[3]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Golden Classics - Legendary Armenians - Hovhannes Badalyan


  1. ^ (2005, in Armenian) Who's Who: Armenians, vol. 1. Yerevan, p. 189.
  2. ^ Following in Hovhannes Badalyan’s footsteps
  3. ^ Biography

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