Sirvart Kalpakyan Karamanuk


Sirvart Kalpakyan Karamanuk (Armenian: Սիրվարդ Գալբագեան Գարամանուկ; December 1, 1912 – October 19, 2008) was a distinguished Armenian composer, pianist and teacher, living in Istanbul. Karamanuk was born in the Üsküdar district of Constantinople [now Istanbul], Ottoman Empire. She began studying the piano at the age of five with Stepan Papelyan, and later graduated from the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory [now Istanbul University State Conservatory] in 1939, where her principal teacher was Ferdi Statzer. She also took classes with Cemal Reşit Rey, Adnan Saygun and Licco Amar in music theory, history and chamber music. Subsequently, Karamanuk took private lessons in piano with Lazare Lévy and composition with Jean Roger-Ducasse for a short period. Karamanuk composed numerous songs, choral works, large-scale compositions for chorus and orchestra (Akhtamar and The Song of Bedros Tourian), a children’s operetta (Tomorrow’s Artists), children's songs, piano compositions, and arrangements of liturgical chants. Her works have been performed in several countries and recorded by distinguished soloists and ensembles. Concerts devoted entirely to her compositions have been organised in  ( Wikipedia article )


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