Ruben Hakhverdyan

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Ruben Hakhverdyan
Hakhverdyan (in the middle) during a concert in 2016
Hakhverdyan (in the middle) during a concert in 2016
Background information
Born (1950-12-03) December 3, 1950 (age 70)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Years active1968—present
Hakhverdyan in 2006

Ruben Hakhverdyan (Armenian: Ռուբեն Հախվերդյան; born December 3, 1950) 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 (Armenian: Նավակ – Boat), which is his most famous children's song. Other popular songs include Mer Siro Ashuny (Armenian: Մեր Սիրո աշունը – The Autumn of Our Love)[3] 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 and academician Levon Hakhverdyan (Armenian: Լևոն Հախվերդյան) and philologist, critic and translator Sona Ayunts (Armenian: Սոնա Այունց). From 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.[4]

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"),[5] "The Dogs" ("Շները"), "In the Nights of Yerevan" ("Երևանի գիշերներում") and many others.[6] 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"[7] since it appeared in "Found Dream" animation cartoon.[8]

He has performed in France, United States, Yugoslavia, Italy, Lebanon, Germany, Czech Republic, Serbia, Iran, Syria, Lebanon.[9]

Hakhverdyan is a supporter of the European Party of Armenia.


  • The Best of Ruben Hakhverdyan (1985)
  • Rouben, Lilit & Vahan (1989)
  • Destiny (1994)
  • Midnight (1997)
  • This is Yerevan (1997)
  • Yerke Nayev Aghotk E (2000)
  • Yerg (2000)
  • Anthology (2001)
  • For the Children from 0 to 100 Years Old (2002)
  • That Our Mountains Are Not Left Orphan (2014)
  • Testament (2017)


  • In 1990, Hakhverdyan starred 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 "For the Children from 0 to 100 Years Old"[10] 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 September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Armenian Music Center. Retrieved August 26, 2007.
  3. ^ The Autumn of Our Love, English lyrics by G.Veles
  4. ^ Ruben Hakhverdyan
  5. ^ Ռուբեն Հախվերդյան – Ձյունը իր երգն է երգում – YouTube
  6. ^ Ռուբէն Հախվերդեան, երգերի ժողովածու – Best of Ruben Hakhverdyan – YouTube
  7. ^ Ruben Haxverdyan – Astghazart nkar – YouTube
  8. ^ Vahag Rush – Gtnvac Eraz / Gisherva astxazard / Ruben Hakhverdyan Cover / – YouTube
  9. ^ Who is who? Armenians. Biographical encyclopedia, volume, Yerevan, 2005.
  10. ^ "Ruben Hakhverdyan – 0-Ic 100 Tarekan Yerexanerin". Retrieved March 18, 2017.