Angelo Ephrikian

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Angelo Ephrikian (October 20, 1913 – October 30, 1982) was an Italian musicologist and violinist of Armenian descent.[1][2] His daughter, Laura Ephrikian, is an actress.[3]

Angelo Ephrikian was born in Treviso, Italy. He learned the violin from 1919, with Luigi Ferro. However, after he attended law school he immediately began working in the legal field. Angelo Ephrikian then gave up his legal career in order to join the resistance movement against Italian fascism by joining partisan forces. However, after World War II, he immediately became a musical conductor. Ephrikian was a pioneer of early Italian music. Ephrikian took a very active part in the rediscovery of the works of Vivaldi. Ephrikian directed the first contemporary opera of Vivaldi's Fida Ninfa in 1958. Angelo Ephrikian died in Rome in 1982.[4]

He founded the independent Arcophon record label in 1960, recorded the complete works of Gesualdo with the Quintetto Vocale Italiano by 1965. This was reissued by Newton Classics on 6 CDs in 2012.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Boccherini: La Clementina
  • Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • Monteverdi: Messa a 4 Voci
  • Benedetto Marcello: Sinfonias I Solisti di Milano
  • Alessandro Scarlatti: Concerti Grossi 1-12 I Solisti di Milano
  • Carissimi: Dives Malus


  1. ^ The Vivaldi Compendium - Page lxxxv Michael Talbot - 2011 "Ephrikian, Angelo Born in 1913 in Treviso, Ephrikian (his surname reflects Armenian parentage on his father's side), after giving up a legal career in ..."
  2. ^ Ernest Ansermet, correspondances avec des compositeurs européens Volume 2 - Page 166 Claude Tappolet - 1996 "Angelo Ephrikian, chef d'orchestre et compositeur italien, né à Trévise en 1913, fondateur de l'«Istituto Italiano A. Vivaldi» et en 1950 de la «Scuola Venezia»."
  3. ^ Le attrici: dal 1930 ai giorni nostri - Page 123 Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi, Enrico Lancia - 2003 "(Laura Ephrikian. Treviso 14 giugno 1940). Figlia di un direttore d'orchestra di origine armena, si diploma in recitatone alla scuola del Piccolo Teatro di Milano. A partire dal 1960 lavora intensamente in teatro. televisione e anche cinema ..."
  4. ^ Talbot, Michael (2011). The Vivaldi Compendium (Illustrated ed.). Boydell Press. p. 73. ISBN 9781843836704.