of all, I demand from my students an initiative. I would rather excuse one’s technical
mistakes, than the absence of their own thoughts. No pedagogue can give what music,
musical practice, life can give… The more impressions of life an individual has,
the more creative ideas are born, and the more interesting and substantial is
In 1950, Aram Khachaturian
started his pedagogical activity, first in Gnesin Institute, and then in Moscow
Conservatory. By then, he was already a mature composer, author of many famous
compositions and had incontestable authority.
Despite differences of capabilities of students, Aram Ilyich loved them all. Khachaturian
had an unusual pedagogical feeling, which gave him an opportunity to duly develop
individuality and originality of each student. It’s not accidental, that there
was no student who changed his profession and didn’t become a composer. Among
the students of Khachaturian, there are famous composers of various styles and
the most distinguished of them are:
Eshpai – a Soviet composer and pianist. Within the period of 1953-1956,
he was a post-graduate student of Aram Khachaturian. People’s Artist of the USSR,
member of UNESCO International Music Council. Author of a number of compositions:
symphonies, concertos, ballets, as well as music for plays of drama theatres and
Edgar Hovanessian – an Armenian
composer, People’s Artist of Armenia. In 1957, he finished his post-graduate studies
led by A. Khachaturian at Moscow Conservatory. In his creative work, the inclination
to lyrics and epic was introduced. The author of ballets, cantatas, concertos,
compositions for chorus, music for drama plays, and film music.
Eduard Khaghaghortyan – an Armenian
composer, Honored Worker of Art of Russia. In 1965, he finished his post-graduate
sdudies led by A. Khachaturian at Moscow Conservatory. Author of children’s operas,
ballets, symphonies, concertos, chamber instrumental ensembles.
Mikael Tariverdiev – a Soviet composer.
In 1957, he graduated from Gnesin Music and Pedagogical Institute, composition
class of Khachaturian. The main sphere of creative work: chamber music, music
for plays and films. His songs and romances are widely known.
Tolib Shahidi – a Tajik composer.
In 1972, he graduated Khachaturian’s class at Moscow Conservatory. In his creative
work, he stressed upon national coloring. The author of ballets and symphonic
Aleksei Rybnikov – a Russian composer.
In 1967, led by Khachaturian, he graduated from Moscow Conservatory. Author of
operas, musicals, concertos. The name of A. Rybnikov is closely related to Soviet
cinematography. His music contributed to popularity of many feature films.
The following students
of A. I. Khachaturian have also achieved great creative success: B. Trotsyuk,
P. Belyi, R. Boiko, K. Volkov, M. Minkov, Anatol Vieru (Romania), Lopes Martin
Horhe (Cuba), Nobuo Terahara (Japan), etc.