Harutyun Chkolyan is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Armenian folk wind instruments such as the duduk, zurna, shvi, pku, in addition to the clarinet and ney flute. He is a graduate of the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, where he studied under renowned duduk master Gevorg Dabaghyan. Considered a musical prodigy, he initially began his studies on the shvi (an Armenian recorder) at the age of six.
Despite his relatively young age (born in 1991), Chkolyan is a seasoned professional who has performed extensively throughout the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Norway, Bulgaria, Georgia, Croatia, Poland, Artsakh Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and Iran, in addition to his native Armenia.
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. He is currently a member of the State Folk Ensemble of Armenia and has performed with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, iCulture Orchestra, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Armenian State Jazz Orchestra. In Addition he played with Kharkiv Youth Academic Symphony Orchestra Slobozhansky, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, with Staatskapelle Weimar, as well as other smaller ensembles.
A native of Gavar, Armenia, Harutyun Chkolyan’s family roots are from Old Bayazet (Daroynk). He maintains an active teaching, recording, and performance schedule and resides in Yerevan, Armenia.
Armenian Soundscapes: Duduk. Zurna. Ney. is Harutyun Chkolyan’s debut solo album.