Tatul Altunyan

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Tatul Tigrani Altunyan (Altunian) (October 2 (15), 1901, Adana, Adana Vilayet, Ottoman Empire - November 29, 1973, Yerevan) was an Armenian conductor, the founder of Armenian song-dance state ensemble (currently named after him). People's Artist of USSR (1965), State Prize of the USSR (1950), Professor.

Altunyan was the student of Romanos Melikian and Spiridon Melikian. He finished the Yerevan State Conservatory, then in 1934 - the Leningrad State Conservatory. In 1938 Altunyan founded Armenian choir, that gave performances around the world until the 1980s. It is remembered as a "perfect illustration of the beauty of traditional Armenian music".[1]

He is buried at Yerevan's Tokhmakh Cemetery together with Olga Altumyan.[2]


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