Daniel Ghazaryan is one of the most well-known Armenian composers who has also earned his fame as a conductor, teacher, and the father of Armenian children’s music revival.
Ghazaryan was born in 1883 in the City of Shushi. Both of his parents were teachers. He received his primary education at the Shushi elementary school and his professional vocal training under the guidance of the renowned professor Petrov.
Daniel Ghazaryan started his career as a choral conductor. While he was still a student at the conservatory, he organized choirs of blue-collar workers in neighboring regions. He worked as a highly respected children’s music instructor for over 50 years. The music curriculum he prepared was followed by many generations of teachers.
In 1933, through the vision and hard work of this master, a new artistic era began for the Children’s Opera of Yerevan. Masterpieces such as Ghazaryan’s “Haghtvatz Bazen” and “Gaileh”, Muradyan’s “Shunn u Gadoon”, Umr-Shadi’s “oolignereh”, Mailyan’s “Dignig-Zizigeh”, Manookian’s “Chari Verjeh”, and many other children’s operas were performed regularly and for years thereafter.
His legendary methods guide teachers today at the Daniel Ghazaryan School.