Vache Sharafyan born in 1966 in Yerevan, Graduated with distinction from the Yerevan State Conservatory where received Post-Graduate education in composition, class of Prof. E. Mirzoyan. In 1992-96 was professor of sacred music at Theological Armenian Seminary in Jerusalem, where authored a Book of Chants for Holy Sepulchre.
Sharafyan is author of opera “King Abgar”, a number of chambers, symphonic, choral, vocal compositions, which were commissioned/performed worldwide by such artists as Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Project ensemble, Yuri Bashmet & Moscow Soloists orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Gil Rose, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Akiko Meyers, Movses Pogossian, Colin Jacobsen, Johnny Gandelsman, Shirly Laub, Jagdish Mistry, cellists Suren Bagratuni, Alexander Chaushian, Aram Talalyan, Mario Brunello, Peter Stumpf, Edward Arron, Erik Jacobsen, Boris Andrianov, Rupert Thompson, Marta Bagratuni, pianists Andrew Armstrong, Joel Fan, Eric Stumacher, Ksenia Bashmet, Artur Avanesov, saxophonists James Houlik, John Sampen, Koryun Asatryan, violists Maxim Novikov, Bryan Dembow, Nicolas Cords, Nils Moenkemeyer, Amsterdam Atlas Ensemble, Zerafin ensemble, percussionist Kunico Kato, Hover chamber choir, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Baird Trio, Pittsburgh Trio, MATA Ensemble, singers Tony Arnold, Theo Bleckmann, Daniel Plaster, Scott Ramsay, PNME, Kevin Noe, Robin Fountain, Karen Durgaryan, Dinuk Wijeratne, Eduard Topchjan, Robert Franz, Ed Spanjaard, Aram Gharabekian, Vahan Mardirossian, “Soli Deo Gloria”, Xenia ensemble, Metropolitan Artists in Concert (New York), Avalon String Quartet, Komitas String Quartet, Quintette à vent de Marseille, among many others.
Sharafyan’s compositions were performed in the most prestigious venues in Armenia, USA (including Carnegie Hall -Stern, Weill and Zankel auditoriums, Chicago Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Benaroya Hall), Italy, Israel, Russia (including Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall), France (Theatre du Chatelet), Canada, Ukraine, Georgia, Germany (including Cologne and Berlin philharmonic halls), Austria, Belgium, Holland (including Muziekgebouw, Consertgebouw), Thailand, Lebanon, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, England, Iceland, Latvia, Greece, Cyprus and Sweden.
Publishers: G. SCHIRMER, Editions-BIM (Switzerland).
CDs released on “Traditional Crossroads” New York, “Albany Records” New York, “BIS Records” Sweden.
Guest professor at UCLA in 2011.
The New York Times
By STEVE SMITH, December 19, 2011 (after the concert at Metropolitan Museum of Arts)
.... And all of the string players confidently handled unconventional intonation in Mr. Sharafyan’s “Adumbrations of the Peacock,” a stark, mysterious and ultimately majestic concatenation of broken-bell piano chords, tremulous melodies and quivering textures.
THE BOSTON GLOBE, by Matthew Guerrieri Globe Correspondent / May 27, 2008. By contrast, Vache Sharafyan's "Sinfonia No. 2 un poco concertante," a BMOP commission and world premiere, takes that essence as its starting point. Melodies erupt into dense, slow-shifting harmonic clouds; a repetitive figure builds into crashing waves of multitudinous, Ivesian dissonance. A solo duduk, the Armenian folk oboe (pre-recorded for this concert), spins periodic arabesques, the instrument's microtonal inflections transmuted in the orchestra. Sharafyan creates complex, deliberate, ultimately captivating grandeur - artistic director Gil Rose led a terrific, vivid performance.
TheSTRAD , by JOANNE TALBOT; May 2012
...use of harmonic clusters colors Vache Sharafyan's Suite, which with its ingenious allusions to the harmonic patterns and dance forms of the Baroque travels through a kaleidoscope of iridescent timbres...
Equally enthralling is Sharafyan's arrangement of Komitas's Krunk (Crane) for duduk, piano and cello. As in the Suite, tonally conventional elements co-exist with the oscillating pitches and clusters of Sharafyan's harmonic language to magical effect.
David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) wrote: “I find him (Sharafyan) to be a fascinating and expressive composer whose music unites the ancient with the new and mysterious inner worlds with boldly tangible elements...”
Chicago Tribune (12,18,02) wrote about The Silk Road Ensemble at Chicago Orchestra Hall: "...But the most wonderful piece on the program was "The Sun, the Wine, and the Wind of Time" (1998) by the Armenian composer Vache Sharafyan. The score derived much of its ineffable sadness from the duduk, an oboe-like instrument whose quivery, throaty sounds were framed by piano (Joel Fan), violin (Colin Jacobsen) and cello (Yo-Yo Ma). The seamless evolution of moods and textures—from soft, somber lines made up of pained intervals, to more violent outbursts, back to mournful lines—made it entirely absorbing to the ear and mind..."
Pittsburgh Live By Mark Kanny / TRIBUNE-REVIEW CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC / Monday, August 5, 2002 Vache Sharafyan’s "The Four Seasons" was the significant world premiere, including Armenian poetry as a prelude to each of the four movements… Sharafyan’s language includes remarkable solo writing … The composer is not afraid of dissonance, and the furious intensity he achieves serves clear narrative intent, including real satisfaction.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (08, 05, 02): …The evening's gem, though, was the Sharafyan. Without overtly referencing Vivaldi, this "Four Seasons" uses the calendar year as a metaphor for a circle of life...m (Sharafyan) to be a fascinating and expressive composer whose music unites the ancient with the new and mysterious inner worlds with boldly tangible elements...”
Vache` Sharafyan’s Music on YouTube, Facebook, MySpace:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyMkOsiKKr8 Sharafyan: Viola Concerto “Surgite Gloriae” with Yuri Bashmet & Moscow Soloists, cond. R. Balashov; exception- 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIKlWuIoFoM Sharafyan: Viola Concerto “Surgite Gloriae” with Yuri Bashmet & Moscow Soloists, cond. R. Balashov - 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nJKdjOsYhY Sharafyan_”My Lofty Moon”, Atlas Ensemble cond. Ed Spanjaard, Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, 23. 01. 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4zoWOPF7GY Sharafyan: “Sun, Wine & Wind of Time” with Gevorg Dabaghyan, Colin Jacobsen, Yo-Yo Ma, Joel Fan,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdQ9LaxzXE8 Sharafyan: “Adumbrations of the Peacock” for piano quartet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAItnk26RsE Sharafyan: Concerto for tenor saxophone and Symphony orchestra, James Houlik and Mansfield symphony (EXTRACT), cond. Robert Franz.
Sharafyan: Arrangements & transcriptions ; Dabaghyan & NCOA, cond. A. Gharabekian; Theatre du Chatelet, Paris 2007
LIST OF COMPOSITIONS
Sinfonia 2 un poco Concertante for symphony orchestra with duduk (pre-recorded or life) 2007; commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra (BMOP), cond. Gil Rose; dur 25 min.
Poem for string orchestra, 1987, /9 violins, 3 altos ,2 cellos ,1 c-basso/ 15,20min.
Symphony for full symphony orchestra/1990/, 17,30min.
"Khostovank" for chamber orchestra (flute, oboe, horn F, percussion/1/, piano, violins 9, violas 3, v-cellos 3, c-basso 1) 1991/ 14min.
Concerto for string orchestra/1992/ 9violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, c-bass. 12,30 min.
Concerto-grosso for orchestra /2 Pianos, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 v-cellos, c-basso / /2002/16min.
SOLOIST/s/ WITH ORCHESTRA
"Concertoserenata" for violin and string orchestra/1998/ 19min.
Concerto-sonata for alto saxophone, piano and string orchestra./2000/16 min.
«The Morning Scent of the Acacia's Song» /orchestral version/ for duduk, voce/soprano/ & string orchestra. 2003. 17 min.
Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Full Symphony Orchestra. /dedicated to James Houlik/ 2003. 18‘ min.
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (chamber and symphony orchestra versions), dedicated to Suren Bagratuni, 2004, 23’min.
Surgite Gloriae” Viola Concerto with duduk, descant, baritone, Fr. horn, and strings; dedicated to Yuri Bashmet; dur. 20 min. 2005
“CON-COR-D-ANCE” concerto for violin and chamber orchestra (flute, oboe, Fr. Horn 1,2 trumpet Bb, harp, percussion, strings), dur. 28 min. 2008
“Luminous Silhouette of a Song” for clarinet & orchestra (flute 1,2, Oboe 1,2, Fr. Horn 1,2, Trumpet, harp, percussion-2, strings) dur. 11 min. 2008 (commissioned by CDMC France, publisher Editions BIM)
“Luminous Silhouette of a Song” for clarinet & orchestra (version with ensemble of winds: flute 2, oboe, clarinet 2, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, horn 2, trumpet 2, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion 2). 2008 (commissioned by CDMC France, publisher Editions BIM)
Suite for Viola and chamber orchestra (oboe, strings) 1. Mattinata, 2. Waltz, 3. Sarabande-Courante, 4. Postero die; 21 min. dedicated to Yuri Bashmet. 2009
(also version with solo cello)
Heralding Dawn music for 15 instruments /1990/ /Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Fagot, Horn in F, Trumpet Bb, Trombone,Percussion/2/,Piano,Violin1,Violin2, Viola, V-cello, C-basso/ 11min.
Five songs for soprano and piano by Metsarents/1993/ 15,20min.
String quartet/1997/ 19,20min.
Sonata No1 for violin and piano/1997/ 11,30min.
Sonata No2 for violin and piano/1998/ 12 min.
"The sun, the wine and the wind of time" for doodouk, violin, violoncello and piano./1998/ 16,5min.
"To Autumnal Leaves and to Stars" for alto saxophone, violin, violoncello , percussion and piano./1999/ 8min./later included in "The Four Seasons"/
"Two Devotions" for Tar, Kemanche, Dhol, Tam-Tam, Piano and string quartet./1999/ 25min.
"The Eclipse" for alto saxophone , violin and piano./1999/ 14,10min.
Trio N1 for violin, violoncello and piano. /2000/ commissioned for Pittsburgh Trio 15,10min.
Sonata for alto saxophone and piano/2000/ 15,30min. /commissioned by John Sampen/
"The Morning Scent of the Acacia's Song" for doodouk and string quartet./commissioned for Yo-Yo Ma's the Silk Road Project Inc./2001/ 16min. Publisher - G. Schirmer
"By Kouchak" for voce, flute, clarinet and piano./2001/ 6min.
"The Four Seasons" for twelve musicians/4 soloists/ and reader /2001/./commissioned by PNME. Flute, alto saxophone, percussion/3/, piano, soprano, violin 1,violin 2, viola, violoncello, c-basso, reader. 35' min
"Ascending Kemancha" for doudook/zurna/,V-cello,Piano. /2002/15min/Dedicated to Yo-Yo Ma/.
"Ancient Anthem" for Soprano and Violin /2002/ 7'min.
Piano Trio N2 «The Dream of Dreams» [for violin, cello and piano] 2003. 14 min.
commissioned by Baird trio/to be premiered in Carnegie Hall on April 9, 2003.
”Adumbrations of the Peacock” for Piano Quartet/Violin, Viola, V-cello & Piano/ / 2003/. ~14min/ Written for the “Apple Hill Chamber Music Players”/.
“Voices of the invisible blue butterflies” for piano, 2004, 7’ min.
Offertorium for solo clarinet, flute, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin, cello , c-bass 10 min.
Canticum Gratiosum for baritone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin, cello, c-bass 12 min.
Blooming Sounds for solo violin 2005, 10 min (commissioned by AGBU)
Another tale for solo piano; 3 min. 2007
Luminous Silhouette of a Song for clarinet with orchestra /reduction version for clarinet with piano/ (commissioned by CDMC France, publisher BIM) 2008
“Vi-O- La” no. 1 for solo viola (3 movements) 10 min. 2008
“Vi-O-La” no. 2 for solo viola (3 movements) 14 min. 2009
Light-Drop Peals 6 songs for soprano & viola by poetry of M. Basho 20 min. 2009
Golden Apricot for kyamancha and violin 3 min. (written for Golden Apricot Film Festival opening ceremony 2009
Sonata-Fantasy for viola and piano; 22 min. 2009
“Verses” for violin and vibraphone; 15 min, 2009
“Stanza” for solo Harp, 6 min. 2010
CHOIR, CHOIR WITH ENSEM
”Tsov Kentsaghuis” / ”the sea of our life troubling me”/ by sharakan of St.Mesrop Mashtots /Vth Century/ For Counter-Tenor, Tenor, Baritone, Bass and three duduks / 2003/ ~5min.
“Magnificat” for mix choir, flute, d trumpet, percussion, harp, violin, viola, cello; 2009; 4 min.
CHOIR WITH ORCHESTRA
CANTICUM DOLOROSUM et CANTICUM PACIFICUM for soprano, mix choir and chamber orchestra (D trumpet, bass drum, piano, strings) 23 min. 2007,
Lacrymosa for cello, descant, soprano, mix choir and symphony orchestra 12 min. 2008 written for the film “MAESTRO” (producer Vigen Chaldranyan)