Djivan Gasparyan is a famous Armenian musician and composer, acknowledged virtuoso, Master of the duduk, (a double reed woodwind instrument related to the orchestral oboe), honored People’s Artist of Armenia, professor at the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory.
Gasparyan started his musical education at the age of six. In 1948 he became a soloist of the Armenian Song and Dance Popular Ensemble and the Yerevan Philarmonic Orchestra. He has won four medals at UNESCO worldwide competitions (1959, 1962, 1973, and 1980), in 2002, he received the WOMEX (World Music Expo) Lifetime Achievement Award. He has toured the world several times with a small ensemble playing Armenian folk music. He has collaborated with many artists, such as Hossein Alizadeh, Sting, Erkan Ogur, Michael Brook, Peter Gabriel, Brian May, Lionel Richie, Derek Sherinian, Ludovico Einaudi, Boris Grebenshchikov, David Sylvian, Hans Zimmer and Andreas Vollenweider.
Djivan Gasparyan has instructed and nurtured many performers to professional levels of performance in duduk, and participated in various collaboration performances, he has also played with Peter Gabriel and recorded the soundtrack for the movie “The Last Temptation of Christ.”