Conductor of Kohar Symphony Orchestra Sebouh Apkarian Passes Away

Maestro Sebouh Apkarian

NICOSIA, Cyprus—Artistic Director and Conductor of Kohar Symphony Orchestra and Choir Sebouh Apkarian passed away at his home in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Monday.

Maestro Sebouh Apkarian was born in Cyprus. He was a composer, conductor, painter and educator. He founded the Armenian Radio Program at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, where he served for 46 years.

He graduated the Melkonian Educational Institute where he also taught music and conducted the school choir, following the steps of his music teacher and mentor Vahan Bedelian.

After graduating from Melkonian he continued his studies in Paris.

As an opera singer, he performed in Nicosia, Athens, Beirut, Aleppo, Cairo, and Paris.

He was the composer of many songs, choral works, chamber music, oratories, cantatas, symphonic suites, and musical caricatures.

Many of these compositions have been performed in Tokyo, Paris, Cyprus, Beirut, and in cities throughout the USA.

His work and performances with Kohar Symphony Orchestra and Choir are characterized by many as the most significant contribution towards the promotion of Armenian culture during the last decade.


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  1. GB said:

    RIP Maestro Sebouh Apkarian.Your wonderful contribution toward Armenian music and culture will be remembered for ever!

  2. zarkim said:

    Death of an Icon.
    I have no words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear about Sebouh Apkarian’s passing.
    My prayers and thoughts are with his family during this horrible time.
    Mr Apkarian was an extraordinary and talentd man with a good heart.
    A good Armenian and a good example for all of us.
    May God Rest His Soul.

  3. Ani said:

    Oh my… so so sorry to hear. What an amazing man.
    I had to good fortune to see Mr. Apkarian and Kohar in concert.
    May God bless and rest his soul.
    Louys Hokin.

  4. Nazaret Shamlian said:

    Asdvadz hogin lousavore.Hogh’ tetev ka vran.

    Yertas parov varbed.

  5. hidi said:

    **** Armenians all over the world lost an absolute jewel… he was amazing., huge loss.!!!! his spirit will live for aver in Armenian music that he created..

    **** Hokin louys ****

  6. Ruby Minas said:

    This was a devestating news for me. I was always praying to God to let maestro live a long life since we don’t have many geniuses like him, he was one of a kind, great taste, artistically polished, very classy and a man of many talents and most of all a great Armenian. We should always be proud to have such an excellent artist, a Jewel in the Crown.
    I am deeply saddend, this is a great loss for all of us, Armenians.
    My condolences to maestro’s family and his second family, Kohar.
    He was an angel on earth and now he is an angel in heaven. God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.
    He will be dearly missed.

  7. ohannes said:

    God’s blessing was all over you great Armenian
    your legacy will go on in Paradise too

  8. John said:

    To my Dad’s first cousin and a Genious Maestro Sebouh You were the 21st century Armenian “Toscanini” for us. Your contibution to the Armenian Music over the last fifteen years will live in the heart of evry Armenian for many years to come. My God bless your soul you deserve

  9. stepannos said:

    Sebouh was a great friend for over 70 years. he was a great talent, great teacher and a great artist. We grue up in C.yprus and spent a whole life in Melkonian school. Not only his friends but also the Aemenians all over the world will miss his muzik and his warm personality. May GOD BLESS him. and his memory.

  10. Hagop D said:

    May God bless you Mr Apkarian, you contributed so much to our culture and you will be remembered as a role model for our future generations. Your work is an example for all of us how we can all come together from every corner of the earth and make our culture shine.