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Harutyun Chkolyan

Arguably the best contemporary young duduk master in and out of Armenia, Harutyun also masters all the folk wind instruments such as the zurna, shvi, pku, in addition to the clarinet and ney flute, and is considered as the torchbearer of Armenia's most evocative instrument from the legendary Djivan Gasparian.

In 2006, he had the honor of performing for Senator Edward Kennedy at the Massachusetts State House. In April 2007, Chkolyan was a featured guest of Marco Werman on PRI’s The World in partnership with BBC and WGBH.

Whether solo, in folk ensembles (State Folk Ensemble of Armenia, The Gurdjieff Ensemble) or with symphonic orchestras, Harutyun Chkolyan is a seasoned professional who has performed extensively throughout the USA, the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Norway, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Georgia, Croatia, Poland, in addition to his native Armenia.

Harutyun also regularly delivers masterclasses and workshops of duduk and Armenian traditional music around the world.

Harutyun’s debut album Armenian Soundscapes (Pomegranate Music, 2016) presents an impressive blend of modern and timeless folk sounds and has been acclaimed by JazzWeekly as a "trip through multiple generations".

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