Ruben Hakhverdyan

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Ruben Hakhverdyan
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Hakhverdyan (in the middle) during a concert in 2016
Background information
BornDecember 3, 1950
Yerevan, Soviet Armenia, Soviet Union
Years active1968—

Ruben Hakhverdyan (Armenian: Ռուբեն Հախվերդյան) is a popular Armenian poet, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and lyricist. Hakhverdyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1950.[1] He attended Yerevan's theater institute and in 1975, earned his degree in television and theater direction. He worked for the city's State Television Network.[2][1]

Hakhverdyan's songs are extremely popular in Armenia. They include the song "Navak" (Boat), which is his most famous children's song. Other popular songs include "Mer Siro Ashune" (The Autumn of Our Love) which is one of Armenia's best known romantic songs. Three songs that Hakhverdyan himself says have influenced him most and have been his all-time favorites are Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles, Amsterdam by Jacques Brel and It's a Man's World by James Brown.[1]

Biography and Career[edit]

Ruben Hakhverdyan was born in 1950 in Yerevan to the family of linguist, academician Levon Hakhverdyan and philologist, critic, translator Sona Ayunts. 1969-1974 he studied and graduated from Yerevan Fine Arts and Theatre Institute. In 1971 he got 2-month internship at Moscow Satire Theatre in the class of Mark Zakharov. In 1968-1989 Hakhverdyan worked in the Armenian State Television Network, initially as an assistant director and later as a director.[1]

Hakhverdyan staged plays at Yerevan Sundukyan State Academic and at Hrachya Ghaplanyan Drama theaters. In 1989 Hakhverdyan left his job at television and acted as a free artist.[3]

Ruben Hakhverdyan is an author of a number of CDs, the first one being "Songs of Love and Hope" issued in Paris in 1985. The best known songs are "Snow" («Ձյունը»)[4], "The Dogs" («Շները»), "In the Nights of Yerevan" («Երևանի գիշերներում») and many others [5]. In 1996 he created "My Home on the Wheels" concert-performance, as well as children's songs.

One of the most popular songs by the composer is the song called "Star-Spangled Night"[6] since it appeared in "Found Dream" animation cartoon[7].

He has performed in France, United States, Yugoslavia, Italy, Lebanon, Germany, Czech Republic, Serbia, Iran, Syria, Lebanon.[8]


  • 1988-1989 Hakhverdyan was filmed in Harutyun Khachatryan's "Wind of Oblivion" film[1]
  • In 2009 he starred in the film "Endless Return" by Harutyun Khachatryan[1]


  • Movses Khorenatsi medal, 1998[1]
  • Gold Medal of the Ministry of Culture, 2006[1]
  • In 2008 Hakhverdyan's album "From the Age of 0 to 100 Years Old"[9] won "Ara and Maral" Award by Tekeyan Cultural Union


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ruben Hakhverdyan" by Shushan Argakanyan, Yerevan. Bureaucrat, 2011, 536 pages. ISBN 978-9939-9046-0-3
  2. ^ Ruben Hakhverdyan's music profile Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.. Armenian Music Center. Retrieved August 26, 2007.
  3. ^ Ruben Hakhverdyan
  4. ^ Ռուբեն Հախվերդյան - Ձյունը իր երգն է երգում - YouTube
  5. ^ Ռուբէն Հախվերդեան, երգերի ժողովածու - Best of Ruben Hakhverdyan - YouTube
  6. ^ Ruben Haxverdyan - Astghazart nkar - YouTube
  7. ^ Vahag Rush - Gtnvac Eraz / Gisherva astxazard / Ruben Hakhverdyan Cover / - YouTube
  8. ^ Who is who? Armenians. Biographical encyclopedia, volume, Yerevan, 2005.
  9. ^ "Ruben Hakhverdyan - 0-Ic 100 Tarekan Yerexanerin". Retrieved 2017-03-18.