6 June 1903, Tiflis – 1 May 1978, Moscow
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.
Piano Concerto in D-flat major, op.38, (1936) State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan, Piano: Armine Grigoryan
It was followed by the Violin Concerto (1940) and the Cello Concerto (1946).
Violin Concerto in D minor Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Aram Khachaturian, Violin: David Oistrakh, 1965
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.
Masquerade Suite Nagano Philharmonic Orchestra, 2010, Conductor: Junji Yamagami
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.
Gayane, Armenian Ballet by Aram Katchatourian State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Armenia, Conductor: Karen Durgaryan, Choreographer: Vilen Galstyan