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Ohannes Tchekidjian

Ohannes Tchekidjian, Armenia

 

Date of Birth: January 23, 1929
Place of Birth: Istanbul, Turkey

CAREER SUMMARY
Distinguished conductor, musician and composer. Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The State Academic Choir of Armenia since 1961. Ohannes Tchekidjian performed in 179 major cultural centers of the world including Paris, London, New York, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and also in various major cities of the former USSR. All 62 first-class symphonic orchestras, including The Academic State Symphonic Orchestra of the USSR, The Academic Symphonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, and, Orchestra Theatrical Bolshoi have been on the stage under the direction of Maestro Tchekidjian.

Ohannes Tchekidjian, as a composer, has unique musical compositions, Vocal symphonies such as "The Poem Spring Reveries and Holiday Ode".
Among many arrangements, he harmonized a number of choral works.

The recording company "Melodia'" distributed a number of recordings by many Symphonic Orchestras and The State Academic Choir of Armenia under the direction of Ohannes Tchekidjian. One of the recordings has awarded "Grand Prix" in Paris, in 1978.

CDs titled LITURGIE ARMENIENNE (produced in Canada) and LITURGY of KOMITAS (produced in Moskow) delight music lovers all over the world.

EDUCATION
1934-1941 - Mekhitaryan School, Istanbul
1941-1947 - French College of Saint Michel
1944-1951 - Faculty of Conductors at The Istanbul Conservatory
1947-1951 - The branch of Vienna College, Istanbul
1951-1953 - Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, lectured by professor Jean Fournet, majoring in Music. Also attending the Institute of Chemistry, minoring in Chemical Engineering
1961 - Postgraduate courses at Istanbul Conservatory

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
1944-1951 - Conductor of The Duryan Choir, Istanbul
1954-1960 - Assistant Conductor of The State Choir of Istanbul
1955-1961 - Founder and Conductor of The Tchekidjian Choir
1958-1961 - Musical Director of The Istanbul Opera
1960-1961 - Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The State Choir, Istanbul
1961 - present - Moved to Armenia and since then has been working with The State Academic Choir of Armenia as the Artistic Director & Chief Conductor. The Armenian State Choir was awarded the Academic title in 1969 and the Honoured title in 1975
1975 - present - Working at Komitas State Conservatory, Yerevan, as Professor since 1982
1982-1987 - Director and Chief Conductor of Spendiaryan Academic State Theatre of Opera & Ballet, Yerevan

WORLD TOURS WITHOUT USSR
1964 - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
1966 - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
1967 - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
1969 - Lithuania
1971 - Lithuania
1974 - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
1974 - France, Lebanon
1976 - Latvia
1979 - Czechoslovakia
1980 - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
1980 - Poland
1983 - Latvia, Estonia
1986 - France, Great Britain, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
1987 - United States of America, Latvia
1990 - Greece
1992 - Lebanon, Syria
1994 - United States of America
1995 - Great Britain, France, Spain, Switzerland
1997 - Turkey
1998 - Argentina
1999 - Switzerland (Winner of Prix du Public 1999 at Festival International de Montreux)
2001 - France, Greece
2003 - Australia
2004 - Turkey
2005 - Lebanon, Syria
2008 - United States of America
2009 - United States of America
2011 - Germany

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Has never been a member of a Political Party at any time
1975-1980 - Member of Parliament of Supreme Council of Armenian SSR
1979-1984 - Member of Parliament of Supreme Council of the USSR
1980-1990 - Member of Parliament of Supreme Council of Armenian SSR

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
1965 - Title "Honoured Artist"of Armenian SSR
1967 - Title "People's Artist" of Armenian SSR
1968 - Honorary Diploma of the Presidium of Supreme Council of Armenian SSR
1968 - Honorary Diploma of the Presidium of Supreme Council of Russian SSR
1970 - "Grand Prix" from Academy Charles Gros (France)
1971 - Order "Red Banner" from Presidium of Supreme Council of USSR
1972 - Honorary Diploma from the Municipality of Leninakan
1975 - "State Prize" of the USSR
1978 - Honorary Diploma of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of Armenian SSR
1978 - Title of "People's Artist of USSR"
1979 - "State Prize" of Armenian SSR
1980 - Order of "People's Friendship" awarded by the Supreme Council of the USSR
1982 - Professor Degree from HAC of USSR
1984 - Honorary Diploma of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of Armenian SSR
1987 - Appreciation from the Governor of The State of California (USA)
1988 - Honorary Diploma from Presidium of the Supreme Council of Abkhazian ASSR
1988 - Honorary Diploma from Presidium of the Supreme Council of Ajarian ASSR
1989 - Honorary Diploma of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of Armenian SSR
1989 - Appreciation from Municipality of Nyon (Switzerland)
1990 - Honorary Diploma from the Municipality of Kirovakan
1992 - Encyclical of " Mesrop Mashtots" awarded by The Antelias Catholicos
1995 - Honorary Diploma from Festival International de Nancy (France)
1997 - Order of "Movses Khorenatsi" awarded by the Republic of Armenia
1999 - Encyclical of "St. Sahak - St. Mesrop" awarded by St. Echmiadzin
1999 - Gold Medal "Mkhitar Heratzi"
1999 - «Prix du Publique» of the International Festival Montreux (Switzerland)
2000 - Gold Medal "Abate Mechitar"
2001 - "Honorary Citizen" of Yerevan
2001 - Member of International Academy IAELPS (Academician)
2003 - Award granted from the Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
2004 - Order of "Brilliant Ararat" awarded by Tekeyan Cultural Association
2004 - Gold Medal of the Yerevan State University
2005 - Order of "Fridtyof Nansen" by foundation F.Nansen.
2006 - Order of "Knight of the Arts" by Armenian League of Cultural Workers.
2007 - Gold Medal by the Ministery of Culture and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
2007 - Medal from the National Academy of Science of Armenia
2007 - Gold Medal of the Yerevan State University
2008 - Active Member of International Informatization Academy based in Montreal, Canada
2008 - Great Prize winner from Moscow at the Inernational Festival KAROT
2008 - Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (USA)
2008 - Certificate of Recognition by California State Assembly (USA)
2008 - Certificate of Recognition by the State Senate of California (USA)
2008 - Appreciation by Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America (USA)
2008 - Commendation of County of Los Angeles (USA)
2008 - City of Glendale Mayor's Commendation (USA)
2008 - Mashdots College - Distinguished Services Lifetime Award (USA)
2008 - The Armenian American Theatrical & Musical Society Lifetime membership Award (USA)
2008 - "Komitas" Medal for remembrance from Choral & Musical Association of Armenia
2008 - A member of National Academy of Art and Science, Armenia
2009 - Honorary Professor of Mashdots College (USA)
2009 - Diamond Golden Cross (Armenian Association in Moscow)
2009 - Gold Medal, Ministry of Science and Education
2009 - Full Member of the International Academic Society of Natural Sciences (IASNS)
2010 - Order of "Mesrop Mashtots" awarded by the Republic of Armenia
2010 - Order of "Hakob Meghapart" awarded by the National Library of the Republic of Armenia
2010 - Medal of "Komitas" awarded by the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia
2011 - Medal of "Kh. Abovian" awarded by the Pedagogical University of Yerevan
2011 - Was founded special Prize after "Chekijyan" during "Komitas" International music Festival in Germany
2012 - "Doctor Honoris" Degree from International Academy of Education in Canada