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Haig Utidjian


Haig Utidjian


Haig Utidjian is an orchestral conductor, chorus master and musicologist. He was educated at the Universities of Sussex, London and Cambridge, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the UK (where he was the recipient of the Ricordi Conducting Prize), at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and by means of private consultations with Lothar Zagrosek, Carlo Maria Giulini, Vilém Tauský and Josef Kuchinka. He has served as Chief Conductor of the Orchestra and Chorus of Charles University in Prague since 2001, has guest conducted in Europe and the Unitied States, and worked on a number of acclaimed opera productions. Haig is a Senior Deacon of the Armenian Church, and a pupil of Archbishop Zareh Aznaworean of blessed memory, with research interests in the musicology, theology and iconography of the Armenian Hymnal and the works of St. Gregory of Narek. He has published the volumes They who imbibed the effusions of the Spirit: The Art of the Armenian Book through the Ages (Mervart, 2016), Treasures of the earliest Christian nation: Spirituality, Art and Music in Mediaeval Armenian Manuscripts (Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov in Prague, 2018), Tntesean and the Music of the Armenian Hymnal (Mervart, 2018), and a critical edition of Dvořák’s Mass in D (Bärenreiter Praha, 2020). In the US he has recently lectured at the Library of Congress, and performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at a variety of further venues, directing the ensembles Axion Estin and Cappella Romana. Haig Utidjian was recently decorated with the Komitas medal by the Armenian state and the Yakob Mełapart medal by the National Library of Armenia.


UTIDJIAN, H., “Dvořák’s Mass in D: the composer’s extant skteches”, Clavibus unitis 7/2(2018), p. 53-75.

UTIDJIAN, H., “The Tntesean Hymnal in Context”, Revue des Études Arméniennes, 38(2018-2019), p. 357-386.

UTIDJIAN, H., «Պետրոս Պիանքինի եւ Մխիթարեան Ս. Հարք. մի քանի նկատողութիւններ [Pietro Bianchini and the Mekhitarist Fathers: some observations]», Eražštakan Hayastan – Երաժշտական Հայաստան [Journal of the Komitas Conservatoire, Yerevan], 2(61)2021, p. 51-59.

UTIDJIAN, H., “Points of interaction between Byzantine and Armenian Church Music: three documentary witnesses”, (Ed.) Christian Troelsgård and Gerda Wolfram, Byzantine chant, radiation and interaction, Peeters Eastern Christian Studies 29, Leuven, 2022, p. 59-95.

Post-Doc/PhD/Master Thesis
Title The Music of the Armenian Hymnal: the Tntesean Corpus (PhD gained in 2016)
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