Armenia’s Ministry of Culture has reported the untimely passing of renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian, who has died in the United States after suffering a heart attack. Gharabekian was 58 years old.

The US-born musician was the artistic director and principal conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. In 1983 he founded and until 1991 directed and conducted the Boston SinfoNova Orchestra.

As a guest musician, he has been the principal guest conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, and appeared with the Sinfonietta München. He has also led the Ukrainian National Symphony, the Ukrainian State Opera and Ballet, the West Ukrainian Philharmonic, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra and Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

He was a merited artist of the Republic of Armenia and a holder of the Movses Khorenatsi medal.

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