Gushchyan Arman

Arman Gushchyan (*1981) is a Russian composer of Armenian origin. He was born in Yerevan, Armenia and grew up since the age of 11 in Moscow, Russia. He graduated Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with highest honors, where he studied composition with Roman Ledenyov. Subsequently he studied composition with Roland Moser and orchestration with Georg Friedrich Haas at the Basle Music Academy in 2006-2008. In 2010-2012 he took a postgraduate composition course “Meisterklassen” by Mark Andre and Franz Martin Olbrisch (Computer music) at the University of music Dresden.
Arman Gushchyan has taught theoretical subjects, orchestration and composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2008-2013. He has also taught orchestration and composition as Mark Andre's assistant at the Dresden university of Music in 2011-2012.
He has been a laureate of the Swiss Federal Scholarship (2006-08) and of the DAAD scholarship (2010-11), also a laureate at the Shostakovich competition (Moscow, 2006, for Metanoia for orchestra), at the third international Pre-Art competition (Zürich, 2007, for Nihil sive for ensemble) and at the Pythian Games (St. Petersburg, 2014, for Ob-L-IK-I). He has had a one-year residency at Richard-Wagner-Stätten near Dresden in 2010-2011.
Among the performers of his music have been Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Studio for New Music Ensemble (Moscow), eNsemble PRO-ARTE (St. Petersburg), Russian State Symphony Orchestra; Ensemble Convergence (Yerevan-Tbilisi), Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Camerata Variabile Basel, ensemble pre-art (Zürich), Apartment House (London), Sinfonieorchester Basel, Sinfonietta Dresden, Ensemble Courage (Dresden), Dresdner Philharmonie; conductors Fedor Lednev, Jürg Henneberger, Jurjen Hempel and Ekkehard Klemm; soloists Artur Avanesov, Konstantin Volostnov, Viviane Chassot, Sergej Tchirkov and Stephan Schmidt. His music has been played at such festivals as Moscow Forum (2003), ISCM World New Music Days (2004, Lucern), Tonkünslerfest Zürich (2007), Moscow Autumn festival (2004, 2005, 2009-2011), Lost in Translation (2011, Moscow), Culturescapes Moskau (2012, Basel), Two Days and Two Nights of New Music (2013, Odessa).
As arranger of classical music for orchestra and ensemble Arman Gushchyan has had cooperation with Edition Le Chant du Monde (Paris), as well as with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under direction of Vladimir Fedoseev.

He is the co-founder of the Young Composers’ Club at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2001, where he has since served as its co-director and has organized numerous seminars and workshops with Russian and European composers.

He has been also active as curator and producer of new music events since 2013.

Le Chant du Monde (Paris) publishes some of his works.

Photo © Christoph Bösch, 2013