News ID: 139406
Published: 0651 GMT April 12, 2016

Tjeknavorian shifts from audio to visual art

Tjeknavorian shifts from audio to visual art

Celebrated Iranian-born Armenian composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian will hold a painting exhibition titled 'Music on Canvas' in Tehran's Momayez Art Gallery from April 18 to 24.

Organized by Iran's Artists House, the exhibition will feature 30 painting in acrylic technique on canvas accompanied by the screening of clips showing Tjeknavorian's music performances, IRNA wrote.

Born in Borujerd, western Iran, in 1937 to immigrant Armenian parents, Tjeknavorian's early life was succinctly chronicled in the London magazine Gramophone in 1976.

At 16, Tjeknavorian formed a four-member choir and organized and conducted his own orchestra in Tehran. A year later he left for Vienna Academy of Music as a violin and composition student. While there, he wrote a violin concerto, which received the ultimate endorsement of his teacher, Hans-Joachim Drevo, who was the soloist in the work's première. Tjeknavorian graduated with honors in 1976.

Following this fruitful period, Tjeknavorian returned to Iran to teach music theory at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. Concurrently, he was appointed director of Tehran's Music Archives and put in charge of compiling and researching traditional and modern Iranian folk music and instruments. He also successfully organized the first Archives Exhibition.

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