June 6, 1903, Tiflis – May 1, 1978
Aram Khachaturian was a Soviet Armenian composer. Alongside Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, Khachaturian is sometimes called one of the three „titans” of Soviet music. Khachaturian’s works were often influenced by classical European music and Armenian folk music.
His first major work, the Piano Concerto (1936), popularized his name within and outside the Soviet Union. It was followed by the Violin Concerto (1940) and the Cello Concerto (1946). His other significant compositions include the Masquerade Suite (1941), the Anthem of the Armenian SSR (1944), three symphonies (1935, 1943, 1947), and around 25 film scores. Khachaturian is best known for his ballet music: Gayane (1942) and Spartacus (1954). His most popular piece, the „Sabre Dance” from Gayane, has been used extensively in popular culture and has been covered by a number of musicians worldwide.
Aram Khachaturian – Violin Concerto in D minor conductor Aram Khachaturian, 1965