Loris Tjeknavorian was born in Iran in
1937. After he had studied violin and piano at the Tehran
Conservatory of Music, he studied composition at the Vienna
Music Academy where, in 1961, he graduated with honors.
Shortly after his graduation four of his piano compositions
and his ballet Fantastique for tree pianos, Celeste and
percussion were published by Doeblinger in Vienna. From 1961
to 1963 Tjeknavorian taught music theory at the Tehran
Conservatory of Music. At the same time, he was appointed
director of the National Music Archives in Tehran and was in
charge of collecting and researching traditional Iranian
folk -music and national instruments. In 1963, back in
Austria, Prof. Carl Orff granted him a scholarship, which
allowed him to reside in Salzburg and to complete his opera
"Rostam and Sohrab".
In 1965, Tjeknavorian began to study conducting at the University of
Michigan, From 1966 to 1967 he was appointed composer in residence at the
Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and from 1966 to 1970 head of the
instrumental and Opera Departments at the Moorhead University in Minnesota.
In 1970, the Iranian Cultural Minister offered Tjeknavorian a "position as
composer in residence" including principal conductor to the Rudaki Opera House
Orchestra in Tehran. He then conducted a number of major operas including his
own works, such as his Fairytale opera "Pardis and Parisa" and the Dance drama
"Simorgh". In 1975 Tjeknavorian signed an "Exclusive Conducting" contract, with
the RCA recording company and made many successful recordings with leading
orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.
Tjeknavorian has conducted international orchestras throughout the world: in
Austria, UK, USA, Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, USSR, Armenia,
Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Denmark, Israel, etc. His own compositions
have been performed by major orchestras, including the London Symphony
Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the
Philharmonic Orchestra Helsinki, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York,
the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa
Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the London Percussion
Virtuosies, the Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra,
In 1989, Tjeknavorian was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director
of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO). During his eleven years
collaboration with the APO, his recordings for ORF (the Austrian radio and
television station) and ASV (an English recording company) achieved world-wide
recognition, they frequently toured Europe, the United States, Canada, Iran and
Lebanon. In three successive years, from 1991 to 1993, the APO was the resident
orchestra in the ORF benefit program "Licht ins Dunkel" in Vienna.
In 2000, Tjeknavorian resigned from this position in order to be able to
devote more time to composing and conducting other orchestras.
In the course of his career, Tjeknavorian has made about 100 recordings (with
RCA, Philips, EMI, ASV, etc.) and written more than 75 compositions (symphonies,
operas, a requiem, chamber music, concerto for piano, violin, guitar, cello and
bipa (Chinese lute), ballet music, choral works and an oratorio. And over 45
Tjeknavorian's immediate plans, as a conductor, include a concert as Composer
and Conductor with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, performances at the San Francisco
Opera House, at the Contemporary Music Festival and the Vienna Music Festival in
Hong Kong and Bangkok; and Austrian premiere of his opera "Rostam and Sohrab" in
the Festspielhaus in St. Poelten , etc.
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