Khachaturian Street

Aram Ilyich Khachaturyan was one of the most famous Soviet composers, the author of three symphonies and three ballets, six instrumental concertos, many individual works for orchestra and various chamber ensembles, various pieces for violin, cello and piano, and music for theatre productions and films. His passion for music manifested itself at an early age: Khachaturyan often played Russian, Armenian and Georgian melodies on the piano, as well as improvisations in European and Oriental styles. However, it was not until he moved to Moscow at the age of 19 that he began to study music professionally, enrolling in the University’s Biology Department and Gnessin Music School. There he studied cello and composition with M.F. Gnesin. A.I. Khachaturyan then graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in the class of N.Y. Myaskovsky. Khachaturyan’s most creative period was in the 1930s and 1940s, when works such as his First Symphony, the ballet Happiness and his concertos for piano and violin confirmed his status as the leading composer of the Soviet East. In the 1950s Khachaturyan created his greatest work, the ballet Spartacus, which brought him worldwide fame. Khachaturyan also taught composition at Gnessin Institute and the Moscow Conservatory, as well as appeared as a conductor performing his own works. He was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the USSR, the Lenin Prize, the status of Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia, the Fifth State Prize and the title of Hero of Socialist Labour. A street in Moscow was named in honor of A.I. Khachaturian in 1983.

Address: Moscow, Khachaturian St.