Kohar Conductor Sebouh Apkarian Dies

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Artistic Director and Conductor of Kohar Symphony Orchestra and Choir Sebouh Apkarian died at his home here on August 5 after a brief illness.

Apkarian was born in Cyprus. He was a composer, conductor, painter and educator. He founded the Armenian Radio Program at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, where he served for 46 years.

He graduated from the Melkonian Educational Institute, where he later taught music and conducted the school choir, following the steps of his music teacher and mentor, Vahan Bedelian.

After graduating from the Melkonian he continued his studies in Paris.

As an opera singer, he performed in Nicosia, Athens, Beirut, Aleppo, Cairo and Paris.

He composed many songs, choral works, chamber music, oratories, cantatas, symphonic suites and musical caricatures. Many of these compositions have been performed in Tokyo, Paris, Cyprus, Beirut and the US.

His work and performances with Kohar Symphony Orchestra and Choir were characterized by many as the most significant contribution towards the promotion of Armenian culture during the last decade.

Details of his funeral have not been announced yet.