Founding artistic director and conductor of the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, Merited Art Figure of Armenia Harutyun Topikyan died from COVID-19 today. He was 69 years old.
In 1973, Topikyan graduated from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, after which he began his career as a choirmaster by heading the Armenian Radio and TV Chamber Choir in 1976.
In 1982, he received the State Award of the Lenin Communist Youth Union of Armenia. Between 1983 and 1991, Topikyan was choirmaster of Komitas Choir of Yerevan State University.
In 1996, Topikyan founded the Yerevan Chamber Choir, which went on to have its unique place among the Armenian musical community in a short period of time, and in 2009, it obtained a state status and was renamed as Yerevan State Chamber Choir, which has received many awards.
Maestro Topikyan has often collaborated with young contemporary composers and helped present their choral music. He has received several state awards for his remarkable contributions to the arts, including the Commemorative Medal of the Prime Minister of Armenia, two Gold Medals of the Ministry of Culture of Armenia and the Yerevan Medal of Yerevan Municipality.
In 2013, Maestro Topikyan was granted the title of Merited Art Figure of Armenia.
Since 2014, he is a member of the Armenian Choral Conductors Association NGO.