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Djivan Gasparyan

Born in Solag, Armenia (1928). Djivan Gasparyan started to play duduk when he was six. In 1948 he became a soloist of the Armenian Song and Dance Popular Ensemble and the Yerevan Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has won four medals at UNESCO worldwide competitions (1959, 1962, 1973, and 1980). In 1973 Djivan Gasparyan was awarded the honorary title People's Artist of Armenia and in 2002, he received the WOMEX (World Music Expo) Lifetime Achievement Award. As a professor at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, he has instructed and nurtured many performers to professional levels of performance in duduk.

He has collaborated with many artists, such as Hossein Alizadeh, Sting, Erkan Ogur, Michael Brook, Peter Gabriel, Brian May, Lionel Richie, Derek Sherinian, Ludovico Einaudi, Boris Grebenshchikov, Hans Zimmer and Andreas Vollenweider.

Djivan Gasparyan and Hossein Alizadeh were jointly nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for their 2006 collaboration album Endless Vision (an album featuring a trilingual arrangement and recording of Sari Galin).

He has recorded many cds, including Black Rock, I Will Not Be Sad in This World, Soul of Armenia, Apricots From Eden, Art of the Armenian Duduk  and has been featured in the original sound track    films Gladiator, The Crow, The Russia House, The Siege, The Last Temptation of Christ and etc.

Together with his trio ( Duduk-players Vazgen Makaryan and Armen Ghazaryan) he is traveling the world giving concerts in many different countries to present (folk) traditional Armenian music.