ARAM KATANYAN (1926-1998)
Aram Katanyan graduated from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory class of Constantine Saradjian in 1950. He has been the conductor of the Radio Symphonic Orchestra in Sverdlovsk. Since 1958 has been a conductor at Yerevan Opera Theatre, from 1964 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1982 has been the Principal Conductor of the same theatre. He staged I. Stravinsky’s Opera-Oratorio “Oedipus Rex”, L. Bernstein’s Musical Drama “Westside Story”, Vincenzo Bellini’s Opera “Norma”, Jan Carlo Menotti’s Opera “Consul”, as well as Aram Khachaturian’s “Spartacus”, Ed. Hovhannisyan’s “Eternal Idol”, Grigor Yeghiazaryan’s “The Lake of Dreams” and “Ara the Beautiful and Shamiram”, Alexander Arutiunian’s “Sayat Nova” and many other works.
For the years of the work with the APO Katanyan presented Mahler’s Symphony No.4, “Harold in Italy” Symphony by Mahler, modern works by European, Russian and Armenian composers. On November 5, 1970 the newly laced organ at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall was presented for the first time with performing of Symphony No.3 by Aram Khachaturian.