Vasken Ohanian

Composer, Conductor, Countertenor


A composer and the HUman Experience

         Through much of history, composers were heralded as the voices of nations. Each nation had its own voice and style with quirks unique to their culture. Italy had Verdi; Finland had Sibelius; Armenia had Komitas. Yet in the modern age, countries have become "melting pots" for new cultures and ideas; time and technology have stirred these "melting pots" and brought together distant cultures. 

         As lines blur, and cultures continue to combine, I believe the voices of composers should as well. My music comes from the "melting pot" that is my life: my Armenian heritage, my American upbringing and my life experiences around the world. I hope that the music you find here will bring you closer to both my life and our common human experience.  

Vasken Ohanian - Recollections of the Forgotten: III. To Dream

The Ad Hoc Orchestra
The Bob Cole Conservatory University Choir
Vasken Ohanian, Director.

An oratorio in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.

Vasken Ohanian - Song of the Knight (Ասպետին Երքը)
Poetry by Siamanto (Սիամանթօ)

The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir
Dr. Jonathan Talberg, Director

Commissioned for a concert dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
February 2015

Vasken Ohanian - Pimps Under Attack

Mckenzie Camp and Nicholas Matthiesen

November 2012

Vasken Ohanian - Ave

The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco
Zane Fiala, director

Finalist in the 8th Biannual San Francisco Conservatory Choral Composition Competition
May 2012

Vasken Ohanian - Rhapsody on an Armenian Lullaby

The San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division:
         Violin - Natalie Yeo
         Piano - Sophia Liao

Winner of the 14th Annual Kris Getz Composition Competition
May 2010

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