Sevan
Gharibian

Composer, performer

Biography

Sevan Gharibian (born in Yerevan in 2000) is an Armenian-Lebanese composer. He develops his creativity at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Prof. Fabián Panisello since 2020, thanks to a scholarship from Fundación Albéniz, having recently completed an MA in Dramatic Composition and Instrumental Ensemble. Enrolling at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory at the age of 16, Sevan studied with Prof. Vartan Adjemian, graduating with a BA in Musical Arts, Composition (First Class Honours) in 2020 as the graduate with the highest GPA ever in the conservatory and an MA (First Class Honours) in 2022. His professional music development has been guided by eminent professors in Armenia, where he has practised the violin, played a comprehensive piano repertoire, and acquired skills in conducting. He has participated in masterclasses with composers such as Heinz Holliger, Tristan Murail, Jörg Widmann, Alessandro Solbiati, and Claude Ledoux.Sevan is the recipient of several international awards. In 2021, received the Diploma of the Most Outstanding Student of the IF Composition Chair from Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain. Sevan has composed vocal, chamber, and orchestral works, some of which have been published. His compositions have received glowing reviews from musicologists and the media. One such piece is Lustre, a triptych for baritone and piano, which has also won First Prize at the IX Renaissance International Contest-Festival. His string quartet piece Cedars has been recorded within the framework of Golden Hornet’s String Quartet Smackdown VI in Austin, TX. Sevan is a winner of the International Composition Competition The Contemporary Piano (ICCTCP) 2020 organized by An Art Artistry in Athens with his piece Three Færies. As a winner of the PluralEnsemble Call for Young Composers 2021, his piece for ensemble Five Moons has been included in the ensemble’s 2021 National Tour to be performed in different music festivals across Spain. In 2021, Sevan won the 4th ALS International Choral Composition Competition (ALSCCC) with his piece Nazan-Nabiko, which was awarded both the First Prize of the jury and the Audience Award.His works have been performed in festivals such as the XI Festival Encuentros Sonoros, XII Spanish Contemporary Music Days, IX Rafel Festival, Komitas Festival, and the Armenian Young Composers Chamber Music Festival. He was recently commissioned by the Accademia della Voce del Piemonte to write Green:Blue · On Lake Maggiore for the project Il suono dei parchi e dei laghi del Piemonte, premiered in Verbania, Italy.The combination of Sevan’s multicultural experiences together with modern and traditional approaches contributes to his unique signature. As an energetic advocate of contemporary music, he works towards playing a significant part in a fantastic beaux-arts journey.In addition to his musicianship, Sevan experiences the art of new-age learning while studying Management and Digital Innovation BSc at the University of London.

Selected works

TitleYear
Flows & Flexions for 8 instruments2023
Antigone Sketches for soprano, baritone, and ensemble2023
Numina for horn and string quartet2023
PH03N1X for tape2022
Rumûz for voice and ensemble2022
Green:Blue · On Lake Maggiore for ensemble2022
Idylls for violin solo2022
Five Moons for ensemble2021
Arcade for chamber ensemble2021
In Dialogue with Three Madrigals of Gesualdo for wind quintet2021
Monodia for clarinet solo2020
Nazan-Nabiko for SSAA choir2020
Three Færies for piano solorev. 2020
Cantica (IRIS 42°) for orchestra2019/20
Albedo, 11 movements of 1 process for 22 strings2019
The Boats for mezzo-soprano and piano (text by M. Medzarents)2019
Time Crystals for piano solo2019
Cedars for string quartetrev. 2019
Du Maître d’astres et de navigation for soprano, string quintet, and percussion (text by S.-J. Perse)2018
1724 °F for brass quintet2018
Spring Rain for mixed choir (text by D. Varoujan)2017
Phantasia for violin and piano2017
Fæs & Færies for piano solo2017
Lustre for voice and piano (text by Lord Byron)2017
Piece for String Quartet2016
Moonlit Night for soprano and piano (text by H. Tumanyan)2016
Conundrum for piano solo2016

Concerts

2024

23 January

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Academic Concert: Composition | Prof. Fabián Panisello

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 Flows & Flexions para 8 instrumentos (Ricardo Ortiz,
Ramsés Martínez, Miguel Flores, Fidel Fernández, Pablo Díaz, Ángela Martínez, Álvaro Parrón, Andrés Felipe Estrada)

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2023

24 January

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Academic Concert: Composition | Prof. Fabián Panisello

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 Numina for horn and string quartet (Clara Marimon Climent, Cuarteto Manzanares)

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10 June

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Bachfest Leipzig: No 23 A-cappella-Konzert

📍 Völkerschlachtdenkmal, Leipzig, Germany

🎶 Nazan-Nabiko for SSAA choir (Little Singers of Armenia)

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26 June

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Academic Concert: Composition | Prof. Fabián Panisello

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 Antigone Sketches for soprano, baritone, and ensemble (Isabella Gaudí, Isaac Galán, PluralEnsemble)

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2022

9 March

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Academic Concert: Violin | Prof. Christoph Poppen

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 Idylls for violin solo, part I (Gustavo Adolfo Gil Guanipa)

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16 March

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Academic Concert: Composition | Prof. Fabián Panisello

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 Idylls for violin solo (Gustavo Adolfo Gil Guanipa)

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4 June

🕣 8.30 p.m.

Il suono dei parchi e dei laghi del Piemonte: Green:Blue · On Lake Maggiore

📍 Chiesa di Madonna di Campagna, Verbania, Italy

🎶 Green:Blue · On Lake Maggiore for ensemble (Contemporary Academy Ensemble, cond. Sonia Franzese)

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30 June

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Academic Concert: Composition | Prof. Fabián Panisello

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 PH03N1X for tape

🎶 Rumūz for voice and ensemble (Donatienne Michel-Dansac, cond. Fabián Panisello)

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2021

5 March

Concert-Recording

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 Monodia for clarinet (Diego Micó Estruch)

🎶 In Dialogue with Three Madrigals of Gesualdo for wind quintet (Globo Ensemble)

20 April

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Academic Concert: Composition | Prof. Fabián Panisello

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 Arcade for chamber ensemble

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24 June

🕢 7.30 p.m.

Academic Concert: Composition | Prof. Fabián Panisello

📍 Sony Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

🎶 Five Moons for ensemble

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18 October

🕖 7 p.m.

4ᵗʰ ALS International Choral Composition Competition ALSCCC

📍 Komitas Chamber Music House, Yerevan, Armenia

🎶 Nazan-Nabiko for SSAA choir (Little Singers of Armenia)

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21 October

🕔 5 p.m.

Pedagogical Concert about Contemporary Music

📍 Getafe Professional Conservatory of Music, Getafe, Spain

🎶 Five Moons for ensemble (PluralEnsemble)

29 October

🕗 8 p.m.

XI Festival Encuentros Sonoros

📍 Espacio Turina, Sala Silvio, Sevilla, Spain

🎶 Five Moons for ensemble (PluralEnsemble)

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30 October

🕗 8 p.m.

IX Rafel Festival

📍 Auditori Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain

🎶 Five Moons for ensemble (PluralEnsemble)

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15 November

🕗 8 p.m.

XII Spanish Contemporary Music Days

📍 Auditorio de Zaragoza, Luis Galve Hall, Zaragoza, Spain

🎶 Five Moons for ensemble (PluralEnsemble)

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News

  • 18 October 2021 — 🥇 I am exhilarated to be the winner of the 4ᵗʰ ALS International Choral Composition Competition (ALSCCC) dedicated to the 150ᵗʰ anniversary of the birth of Komitas. 🎶 My choral piece Nazan-Nabiko was awarded the First Prize by the distinguished jury. 💖 I am delighted to also receive the Audience Award! 💐 A huge thank you to Maestro Tigran Hekekyan and the Little Singers of Armenia for the soul-stirring performance.

  • October 2021 — Absolutely thrilled to announce that I am a winner of the PluralEnsemble Call for Young Composers 2021. 🎊 My piece for ensemble Five Moons will be performed by the marvellous musicians of PluralEnsemble as part of their 2021 tour. 🎶 My gratitude to everyone at PluralEnsemble for organizing this wonderful project. 💙

  • 22 June 2021 — 🎺📜 Incredibly honoured to receive the Diploma of the Most Outstanding Student of the IF Composition Chair from Her Majesty Queen Sofía. 🇪🇸

  • 10 August 2020 — It is with great excitement that I share the recording of my Three Faeries as the winner of the International Composition Competition ‘The Contemporary Piano’ 2020 in Athens 🇬🇷. Performed by Dimitris Anousis—composer, pianist, and Director of AN ART ARTISTRY. A big thanks for this marvellous production.

  • 22 May 2020 — I’m now a verified artist on Spotify, 🎧 where you can follow me and listen to my string quartet Cedars, performed by Invoke and recorded by Golden Hornet! 🤩 Also available on Apple Music, Yandex Music, Deezer, TIDAL, Amazon Music, QQ Music, and Anghami!

  • 22 May 2020 — A big thanks to Dr Artsvi Bakhchinyan for writing about my recent accomplishments in Azg Daily.

  • 4 May 2020 — Thank you so much to Armenian National Music for sharing about my recent achievement!

  • 1 May 2020 — I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am the winner of the International Composition Competition ‘The Contemporary Piano’ (2020) organised by AN ART ARTISTRY (Athens, 🇬🇷) for my composition Three Færies, among the three prize-winning composers. 🧚

  • 15 February 2020 — So excited to be a finalist in Golden Hornet’s String Quartet Smackdown VI and share this good news with you! My piece for string quartet will be recorded by the wonderful Invoke Quartet! 🎻✨ A panel of judges helped select the sixteen finalist compositions from hundreds of submissions around the world to be performed live in Austin, TX 🇺🇸 on February 29, 2020 by the Invoke Quartet. 💜

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  • Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the Kingdom of Spain, June 2021, link.

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Contact

contact@sevangharibian.net

Three Færies for piano (rev. 2020)

Winner of the International Composition Competition The Contemporary Piano (ICCTCP) 2020Performed by Dimitris Anousis, composer, pianist, and Director of An Art Artistry

Cedars for string quartet (rev. 2019)

Finalist in Golden Hornet’s String Quartet Smackdown VI‘The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.’ I have adhered to the cedar’s perception as a spirit assistant, a symbol of strength and eternity. My piece bears cross-genre influences and is episodic in form, denoting the spiritual-cultural states I have experienced.Performed by Invoke: Nick Montopoli, violin; Zachariah Matteson, violin; Karl Mitze, viola; Geoff Manyinat, violoncello

Fæs & Færies for piano solo (2017)

6 choreographic pictures for piano‘Ignis fatuus’ 🔥
‘Dryad & Oread’ 🏔
‘Night Færie’ 🌌
‘Game Færie’ 🃏
‘Dew Færie’ 💧
‘Dæva’ 🐲
The work is inspired by Greek and Armenian mythologies; each movement depicts and is dedicated to a færie (mythological creature). It features evocative scenes and characteristic depictions, enlivened by the variety of textures and techniques.

Moonlit Night for soprano and piano (2016)

Moonlit night,
The sky is bright,
Myriads of stars
Are shining bright.
The village in the vale
Is already asleep,
The villager’s cottage
Is dusky and still.
They are asleep, cuddling,
Against the sky,
As though God
Is smiling from above.
— Hovhannes Tumanyan
(translation: Vanse)

Lustre for voice and piano (2017)

First Prize Winner in the Renaissance International Contest-Festival IXText: Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, excerpts from Canto III

Phantasia for violin and piano (2017)

Conundrum for piano solo (2016)

Conundrum is a piece for solo piano, composed in 2016. Chiefly mysterious in mood, it combines different modern Western scales (mostly centred around E and B) and pianistic as well as monophonic, biphonic, polyphonic textures from different periods. The piece starts off with an opening theme in the dominant, which proceeds to the tonic, an ostinato bass whereon is based the skeleton of the piece. The different dialogues between sinister and æthereal themes lead to the elucidation of the conundrum on the B major chord.

Arcade for chamber ensemble (2021)

Premiered by Sinfonietta Composición I; Jorge Mora, percussion; Fabián Panisello, conductor
Academic Concert, IF International Foundation Composition Chair of the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Auditorio Sony, Madrid, 20 April 2021

Monodia for clarinet (2020)

Premiered by Diego Micó Estruch, clarinet
Academic Concert, IF International Foundation Composition Chair of the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Auditorio Sony, Madrid, 5 March 2021

Nazan-Nabiko for SSAA choir (2020)

First Prize and Audience Award in the 4th ALS International Choral Composition CompetitionPremiered by the Little Singers of Armenia
Komitas Chamber Music House, Yerevan, 18 October 2021

In Dialogue with Three Madrigals of Gesualdo for wind quintet (2021)

In Dialogue with Three Madrigals of Gesualdo for wind quintet sets forth three distinct ways of discovering Gesualdo from a modern point of view. Each of the three parts of the piece draw on material from a madrigal from Gesualdo’s Book VI, often unfurled in a pulverized or disintegrated fashion. The first part features rapid motifs with pitch material based on ‘Beltà poi che t’assenti’ and its characteristic intonation hidden in between recurrent verticalities and horizontalities with sudden outbursts of more recognizable quotations as well. The second part is seemingly calmer in nature, beginning with an exact quotation of the introductory chords of ‘Già piansi nel dolore’, whereon evolves a gradual and elaborate harmonic mutation which grows to hold in intensity and dramatism even at ppp. The final part is mainly inspired from Gesualdo’s chromaticism. It begins with a diatonic texture wherein sparkle chromatic descents with all the instruments of the quintet. At times, chords from ‘Io pur respiro in così gran dolore’ surface, eventually ushering to the piece’s chromatic fade out.