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Djivan Gasparyan

Djivan Gasparyan is an Armenian famous musician. He plays the duduk, a twofold reed woodwind instrument identified with the symphonic as oboe. Gasparyan is known as the “Maestro of the duduk”.

Maestro Djivan has worked with famous artists like Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel and Michael Brook, and has created music for several Hollywood soundtrack films, including ‘The Siege’ and ‘Gladiator’.

Born in Solak, Armenia maestro Djivan began to play duduk when he was 6. In 1948, he turned into a soloist of the Armenian Song and Dance Popular Ensemble and the Yerevan Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has won four awards at UNESCO overall rivalries (1959, 1962, 1973, and 1980). In 1973 Gasparyan was granted the privileged title People’s Artist of Armenia. In 2002, he got the WOMEX (World Music Expo) Lifetime Achievement Award.

A teacher at the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory, he has trained and sustained numerous entertainers to proficient levels of execution in duduk.

In 1998 he discharged a collection with an extraordinary duduk group of four he framed. Making plans for 4 artists with “new duduk tones, alto and bass, was a greatly troublesome undertaking” and test, however the group of four became a reality performing and “there is no other like it on the planet”, he saw in the lines notes of Nazeli.

He has visited the world a few times with a little outfit playing Armenian people music. His music has been picked on the soundtrack of a few worldwide movies.

He has teamed up with numerous craftsmen, for example, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Hossein Alizadeh, Erkan Ogur, Michael Brook, Brian May, Lionel Richie, Derek Sherinian, Ludovico Einaudi, Boris Grebenshchikov, Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Hans Zimmer and Andreas Vollenweider.

He additionally recorded with the Kronos group of four and the Los angeles Philharmonic.

Gasparyan had as impact of the Armenian passage “Apricot Stone” by Eva Rivas at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo and turned into the most seasoned ever individual to include in an Eurovision Song Contest performance, yet was not authoritatively recorded as a visitor craftsman.

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Djivan Gasparyan

Genre Traditional Folk, World, Worldbeat, folk

Parseghian Records

Tag ethno, world
Occupation composer, musician, performer
Influence Armenian


Release Title Type Format Date
Sound of Duduk Album CD October 13, 1988

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