Vartan Adjemian (Armenian: Վարդան Աճեմյան, Russian: Вартан Аджемян, born April 27, 1956 in Yerevan, Armenia) is an Armenian composer of orchestral, operatic and chamber music whose works have been performed worldwide.
Adjemian studied composition with prominent Armenian composer Ghazaros Saryan (son of Martiros Saryan) at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory from 1973–81.
In 1987, Adjemian was awarded the National Prize of the Armenian SSR (for this Symphony No. 1). His music has been performed in Armenia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Iceland, Poland, Russia, the UK, Switzerland and the United States. In 2007 six of his major works have been commissioned by BIM Edition (Switzerland). He has been a member of SUISA since 2008.
Adjemian has taught composition at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory since 1987, and was appointed a professor in 2001. He has been Head of the Composition Department since 2002.
His grandfather, Vardan Ajemian (1905–1977) was the General Stage Director of the National Theatre of Armenia and his grandmother was Arus Asryan (1904–1987), one of the leading actress of the same theatre. His father, Alexander Adjemian (1925–1987), was a composer, author of seven symphonies, chamber works and popular songs. His daughter is a prominent Armenian pianist.
Symphonic Poem, 1976;
Concerto (vocalise), soprano, mezzo-soprano, big orchestra, 1981;
Concerto for Orchestra, 1981;
Symphony No. 1, 1986;
Symphony No. 2 (in memoriam Alexander Adjemian), big orchestra, 1989;
Piano Concerto No. 1 (vocalise), 33 mixed voices, piano, big orchestra, 1991;
Concerto for cello and big orchestra, 1993;
Festive Overture, 1995;
Concerto, flute, big orchestra, 1996;
Overture in C Major, 22 strings, 2000;
“Faith” (song) for big symphonic orchestra and choir, 2001;
Symphony No. 3 (dedicated to Edward Mirzoyan), 22 strings, 2002;
Chants of Spring and Love, soprano and orchestra, 2003;
Piano Concerto No. 2, piano, big orchestra, 2005
Adventure for alto saxophone solo, piano and string orchestra, 2008
Sonata No. 1, flute, piano, 1975;
Sonata for alto flute and cello, 1983;
Sonata No. 2, flute, piano, 1984;
Trio No. 1, violin, cello, piano, 1987;
Sonata Fantasy for cello and piano, 1993;
Sonata for violin and piano, 1995;
Fantasy for tuba, piano, 1998;
Eternity poem for voice, violin, cello, piano, 1996;