January 22, 1921, Yerevan, Armenia – November 11, 1983
Arno Babajanian was a Armenian composer and pianist. By age 5, his extraordinary musical talent was clearly apparent, and the composer Aram Khachaturian suggested that the boy be given proper music training. Two years later, in 1928 at the age of 7, Babajanian entered the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory.
As a composer, Babajanian was active in most genres and even wrote many popular songs in collaboration with the leading poets such as Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Robert Rozhdestvensky among others. Praised by Dmitri Shostakovich as a „brilliant piano teacher”, Babajanian was also a noted pianist and often performed his own works in concerts.
Arno Babajanyan – Nocturne