The founder of the Dudukner Ensemble, Georgy Minasov (Minasian) was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. He graduated from the Baku Musical College, during which time he worked as a soloist of the Folk Instruments Orchestra in Azerbaijan State Radio and Television. In 1983 he moved to Yerevan and has been an ongoing soloist of the Gussan and Folk Music Ensemble ever since.
Minasov is a professor at the R. Melikian Music College in Yerevan. Maestro Minasov has performed internationally throughout western and eastern Europe, along with Middle East, Russia, and North America. He is the author of three academic music books on how to play duduk. In addition to his career as a duduk performer, he is also the inventor of several contemporary modifications to the traditional duduk.
By adding additional ligature and mechanics, he successfully expanded the instrument’s range and possible repertoire. Many of Georgy’s recordings and concerts are performed with these ‘contemporary’ duduks. Georgy was awarded a copyright for his inventions in 2002. In 2013, Georgy was awarded the honorary title of Honored Art Worker of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic presented by Karabagh's President Bako Sahakyan.