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Komitas Quartet

Band, RU
Classical
A.k.a. Կոմիտասի անվան պետական լարային քառյակ (Квартет имени Комитаса)

Komitas Quartet (Квартет имени Комитаса) is an Armenian-Russian classical ensemble, founded in 1924 by four Armenian students at the Moscow Conservatory. The group is named after the legendary Armenian composer Komitas and is one of the oldest string quartets in the world performing today. Since 1976, the quartet is based in Yerevan. Three members play Andrea Guarneri instruments, and Eduard Tadevossyan (1st violin since 1976) plays Pietro Guarneri violin passed to him by Avet Ter-Gabrielyan (one of the founding members and 1st violin from 1924 to 1976). The group debuted on stage in 1925 and had been performing wide classical repertoire, including Georg Friedrich Händel, Niccolò Paganini, and Edvard Grieg arranged by cellist Sergey Aslamazian (one of the founding members of the Komitas Quartet). A few Soviet composers wrote music for the group, such as Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov. By the middle of the 1930s, Komitas Quartet gained wide popularity around the USSR. The group won the Union of Soviet Composers competition in 1936 and shared first prize at the All-Union String Quartet Competition in 1938. They started touring abroad in 1953 and visited over 80 countries. Komitas Quartet received several high-profile awards, including Stalin Prize (1946) and Armenian SSR State Prize (1985). The quartet has performed with Sviatoslav Richter, Nina Dorliak, Emil Gilels, Dmitri Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Victor Merzhanov, Konstantin Igumnov, Mario Brunello, Anahit Nersesyan, Alexander Goldenweiser, Heinrich Neuhaus and other prominent musicians. Original line-up (1925–1933) 1st violin: Avet Gabrielyan 2nd violin: Levon Ogandjanyan Viola: Mikael Terian Cello: Sergey Aslamazian Current line-up (since 2010) 1st violin: Eduard Tadevosyan (Эдуард Тадевосян) 2nd violin: Syuzi Yeritsyan (Сюзи Ерицян) Viola: Aleksandr Kosemyan (Александр Косемян) Cello: Hasmik Vardanyan (Асмик Варданян)

        
Popular Tracks   
Qele Qele on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
The Sky Is Cloudy on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
My Red Shawl on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
Festive Song on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
Hoy Nazan on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
Shoushiki on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
Dear Shogher on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
Spring on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
Dance of Vagharshapat on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet
Crane on Armenian Folk Miniatures by Komitas Quartet

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Armenian Folk MiniaturesKomitas Quartet2017Album
Lost Songs From EdenGevorg Dabaghyan With Komitas Quartet2007Album
Quintet For Piano And Strings/String Quartet No. 1Dmitri Shostakovich : Beethoven Quartet, Komitas Quartet2003Album
Quartet No.14 In D Minor D. 810 - Death And The MaidenFranz Schubert - Komitas Quartet1986Album
Symphony & QuartetEdvard Mirzoyan, Armenian Radio And Television Symphony Orchestra, Оган Дурян & Komitas Quartet1983Album
Квартет Для Двух Скрипок, Альта И ВиолончелиKomitas Quartet - Edvard Mirzoyan / Komitas1980Album
Квартет №17 / Квартет №4Komitas Quartet - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy1978Album
К 50-летию Исполнительской ДеятельностиKomitas Quartet - Komitas / Edvard Mirzoyan / Joseph Haydn / Ludwig van Beethoven / Edvard Grieg / Dmitri Shostakovich1974Compil.
Квартет № 12 / Квартет № 11 / Две Пьесы Для Струнного ОктетаDmitri Shostakovich - Beethoven Quartet, Komitas Quartet1969Album
Квартет Соль Минор, Соч. 27Edvard Grieg / Komitas Quartet1966Album
Quartet In D Minor / Armenian SongsEdvard Mirzoyan / Komitas - Сергей Асламазян, Komitas Quartet1960Album
Квартет № 17 До Мажор (Кёхель KV № 465)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Komitas Quartet1959Album
Квартет № 3 Ре Мажор, Соч. 18Komitas Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven1956Album
Квартет № 6, Соч. 18, Ми Бемоль МажорKomitas Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven1954Album
Квартет Соч. 27, Соль МинорKomitas Quartet - Edvard Grieg1952Album
Абрбан / Вагаршапатский ТанецKomitas Quartet1939Album
Рапсодия На Абхазскую Нар. МелодиюKomitas Quartet1939Album
Borodin / Shostakovich String QuartetsKomitas QuartetAlbum
Вальс Из Новелетт Для Струнного Квартета, Соч. 15 / Романс Из Квартета Соль Минор, Соч. 27Komitas QuartetSingle
String Quartets, No. 2 In D Major / No. 1, Op. 49Komitas Quartet, Alexander Borodin / Dmitri ShostakovichAlbum
String Quartet No. 2 In F Major, Op. 22Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Komitas QuartetAlbum
Quartet No. 6, Op. 18Komitas Quartet, Ludwig van BeethovenAlbum
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