Haig Utidjian

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Haig Utidjian, PhD, MSc(DIC), CAS(GSMD) was educated at the Universities of Sussex, London and Cambridge, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the UK (where he was the recipient of the Ricordi Conducting Prize), and privately with Lothar Zagrosek, Carlo Maria Giulini, Vilém Tauský and Josef Kuchinka. He is an orchestral conductor, chorus master and musicologist. In his native Cyprus he was a pupil of Archbishop Zareh Aznaworean of blessed memory, and is a Senior Deacon of the Armenian Church. In addition to his career as a performer, he pursues research interests in the musicology and theology of the Armenian Hymnal and in the works of St. Gregory of Narek. In recent months he has appeared as invited speaker at the Matenadaran Institute in Yerevan, the Antonín Dvořák Museum in Prague, the San Lazzaro Academy in Venice and at the Library of Congress in Washington. He recently published the volumes “They who imbibed the effusions of the Spirit”: The Art of the Armenian Book through the Ages, (Mervart, 2016), Treasures of the earliest Christian nation: Spirituality, Art and Music in Mediaeval Armenian Manuscripts (Royal Canonry of the Premonstratensians at Strahov in Prague, 2018) and Tntesean and the Music of the Armenian Hymnal (Mervart, 2018). Haig Utidjian was decorated with the Komitas medal by the Armenian state and the Yakob Mełapart medal by the National Library of Armenia.

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