The Music of the Armenian Church. Presentation of a New Book by Krikor Pidedjian. Thursday, April 7

2016-14 PidedjianFlyerA new book by Krikor Pidedjian entitled, Հայ Եկեղեցւոյ Երաժշտութիւնը / The Music of the Armenian Church: An Historical Survey, will be presented at the Zohrab Center this Thursday, April 7 at 7:00PM in the Guild Hall of the Armenian Diocese in New York.

Mr. Pidedjian, an accomplished composer, choral conductor and musicologist specializing in the history, theory and repertoire of Armenian sacred and secular music, has received awards and commendations internationally for his artistic and scholarly contributions. Most recently, he was recognized by the faculty of the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia, where he has lectured frequently. In 2008 His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II awarded him the St. Nersess the Graceful medal for outstanding service to the Armenian Church.

The new book, written primarily in Armenian includes an extensive summary in English and is profusely illustrated with musical examples. The book has been published by the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern).

Presenting the book will be Deacon Rubik Mailian, Director of of Sacred Music and Pastoral Assistant at St. John’s Armenian Church (Southfield, Michigan). Deacon Mailian will speak in English before Mr. Pidedjian makes remarks in Armenian.

Krikor Pidedjian was born into a musical family in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied in the Seminary of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, where, concurrent with studies at the Beirut Conservatory, he directed the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral Choir. He received a B.S. from the Mannes School of Music and M.A. from Hunter College, both in New York.He is the founder of numerous choirs and ensembles which, under his direction, have performed Armenian sacred and popular music on stages throughout the world. He has lectured internationally on Armenian music and published extensively. He has received numerous awards and commendations for his musical and scholarly work, most recently by the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan.

The book presentation is free and open to the public. Copies of Mr. Pidedjian’s book will be available for purchase. A reception will follow. For further information contact the Zohrab Information Center at or (212) 686-0710.

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Czech-Armenian Musicologist to Lecture on the Armenian Sharagnots-Hymnal

2013-02 UtidjianMaestro Haig Utidjian, a professional orchestral and opera conductor, and choirmaster from Prague will present a lecture entitled, “Yeghia Dndesian and the Music of the Armenian Sharagnots-Hymnal” on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 8:00PM at the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, 209-15 Horace Harding Expwy, Oakland Gardens, New York.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Zohrab Center and Holy Martyrs Armenian Church; and has been subsidized by a research grant from the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, VG180.

An unsung hero, the Constantinople-born musician Yeghia Dndesian (1834-1881) is a towering figure in 19th-century Armenian musicology. His largely neglected version of the Armenian Sharagnots-Hymnal, published posthumously in 1934, was one of the earliest efforts to transcribe Armenian Church melodies encoded in the ancient Armenian neumatic sysmbols known as khaz. Maestro Utidjian will examine this masterwork, analyzing Dndesian’s methods and making comparative observations based on the composer’s theoretical writings.

An ordained deacon of the Armenian Church and native of Cyprus, Maestro Utidjian has served as Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Sussex, the Ensemble Duparc, and the North Bohemian Chamber Orchestra, and also worked on a number of acclaimed productions at the Opera House in Liberec. He has guest-conducted in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Armenia and Cyprus.

All are welcome to attend the lecture, which is free of charge. A reception will follow.

For further information contact the Zohrab Center at or (212) 686-0710.