April 21, 2012 - 13:34 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Tehran’s Armenian Hur Translation and Research Institute held a commemoration ceremony for composer Rouben Gregorian during a ceremony earlier this week, Tehran Times reported.
The event was organized to discuss Gregorian’s role in Persian folk music.
Armenian ambassador Grigor Arakelyan attended the ceremony, which was held at the Ararat Armenian Cultural Organization.
The ceremony began with the screening of a short film on Gregorian’s life.
One of Gregorian’s disciples Amir-Ashraf Aryanpur who is a music researcher spoke about the life and artistic characteristics of his master. Music researcher Farid Dehdazi was the next speaker who reviewed the style and melodies composed by Gregorian.
Afterward, a choral group conducted by Razmik Ohanian performed ten folk songs composed by Gregorian.
Born in Tbilisi in 1915, Rouben Gregorian moved to Tabriz with his parents when he was one year old. The young Rouben received his musical education under the auspices of his father, Levon Gregorian, a renowned musician, conductor and educator.
He played an instrumental role in the development of the Tehran Conservatory of Music, where he served as its director. He was later the music director and conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. His role in the collection and documentation of Iranian folk tunes remains unmatched yet has failed to be fully recognized. From 1949 to 1951, he headed the musical section of the Iranian National Commission of UNESCO.
He was twice invited to Armenia to conduct the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Yerevan, and he also guest-conducted the National Iranian Radio and Television Chamber Orchestra. Among other prominent musicians of the time, Gregorian was also closely affiliated with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he was one of the founders and most frequent conductors of the Armenian Night at the Pops. He was proclaimed "Man of the Year" by the National Representative Assembly of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.