A major composer from Armenia Vache Sharafyan is the author of more than hundred compositions including symphonic works, chamber, choral, vocal music, including the opera “King Abgar”, ballets “Another Moon” (about G. I Gurjieff), “Ancient Gods” (by L. Shant), “the Bride of the desert” /based on Sona Van/.
Sharafyan’s music is widely performed in his native country, but also in the most prestigious international halls in USA, Italy, Russia, France, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Thailand, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Ireland, England, Israel, Scotland, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Lebanon, Georgia, Greece, Cyprus and Sweden…
Praised as “stark, mysterious and ultimately majestic” by The New York Times, “complex, deliberate, ultimately captivating․․․” by the Boston Globe, “ingenious…,kaleidoscope of iridescent timbres…, magical
” by The Strad, “the most wonderful… entirely absorbing to the ear and mind
” by Chicago Tribune, the works of Sharafyan were commissioned and/or performed by many outstanding artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and “Silk Road Ensemble”, Yuri Bashmet and The Ensemble “Soloists of Moscow”, The Hilliard Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Dresden Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts (2018), Soli Deo Gloria Psalm project, Jacaranda
on the Edge fest, Estonian State Male Choir, Sion Fest,
OSS, ANPO, Tornoto Sinfonia to mention a very few…
Vache Sharafyan was born in1966 in Yerevan (Armenia). A graduate of the Conservatory of Yerevan in 1990,in 1992 he obtained a doctorate in composition in the class of Professor Edvard Mirzoyan. From 1992 to 1996 he taught at the Armenian Theological Seminary in Jerusalem and is the author of a book on sacred hymns for the Church Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
From 2001 was chosen by the great cellist Yo-Yo Ma as an official composer for the Silk Road Project Inc (“Morning scent of the acacia’s song”, “Sun, wine, wind of time”, “Ascending kyamancha”).
In 2007 “Surgite Gloriae” Viola Concerto by Sharafyan was premiered by Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists at the opening of the Philharmonic Season of Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Grand Hall as well as at the Elba Isola Musicaled’ Europa International Music Festival.
In 2015-2016 “Surgite
Gloriae” was included by the Dresden Symphony Orchestra in the series of sensational concerts “Aghet” dedicated to100 years of the Armenian Genocide.
2018 premieres include “The Sound of Stone” with animation by Kevork Mourad at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in NY (MET commission).
2020 on March 4 was premiered “Armenian Odyssey” at the Washington National Cathedral, /PCE commission, 100 years’ anniversary of USA-Armenia diplomatic relations/
2021 – world premieres include of “Amazingly pure and simple things” for piano and choir (crystal glasses, accordion, bass drum), with Armen Babakhanian, Hover State Choir, the Ministry of Culture of RA commission
«Four New Seasons» with Almazian Symphony at the Belgrade National Opera Theater.
Sharafyan was a semester lecturer at UCLA in2011.
Civitella Ranieri Fellow in2006, Bogliasco Arts Center Fellowship in 2013.