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Famous people from Armenia

Here is a list of famous people from Armenia. Curious if anybody from Armenia made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Soccer Midfielder

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is an Armenian footballer who plays as a midfielder for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Armenia national football team. Mkhitaryan is Armenia's all-time top goalscorer, scoring 12 goals in 43 international matches since his debut in January 2007. His previous clubs include Pyunik Yerevan, where he came through the youth system, Metalurh Donetsk, and Shakhtar Donetsk. Mkhitaryan was chosen Armenian Footballer of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2012 he was voted as the best Shakhtar player of 2011–12 season by the fans, and Ukraine Premier League MVP. In 2012, Mkhitaryan was named in UEFA's Top 100 players by UEFA European Football Yearbook 2012–13. Mkhitaryan was voted the CIS Footballer of the Year for 2012, making him the first Armenian footballer to be named the best player from post-Soviet countries. Mkhitaryan received the nickname Heno from his fans in Armenia and has recently been nicknamed Micki by his Borussia Dortmund fans.

Arthur Abraham

Professional Boxer

Arthur Abraham is an Armenian-German professional boxer residing in Berlin, Germany. Abraham is the former IBF Middleweight Champion from 2005 to 2009, making ten successful defences of his title, the fourth most in middleweight history. He is also the former WBO Super Middleweight Champion.

Shavo Odadjian

Alternative rock Artist

Shavarsh "Shavo" Odadjian is an Armenian American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music video director/editor, music producer, and artist/painter. He is best known as the bassist, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter of the Grammy Award-winning rock band System of a Down. During the band's hiatus from 2006 to 2010, Odadjian collaborated with Wu Tang Clan founder The RZA on a project called Achozen, which contributed a number of songs to the motion picture Babylon A.D. Odadjian is also credited with the musical scoring of the blockbuster film, alongside with The Rza and Hans Zimmer. He regularly uses a Gibson Thunderbird bass, a Fender Jazz Bass, and an Ibanez BTB bass guitar. He used a Music Man StingRay when he started to play with the band.

Giorgio Petrosyan

Man

Gevorg "Giorgio" Petrosyan is an Italian - Armenian welterweight kickboxer, fighting out of Satori Gladiatorium in Gorizia, Italy. He is the two time K-1 World MAX champion and World Kickboxing Network Intercontinental Middleweight Muay Thai champion. He has been noted for his extremely technical fighting style, and defence which has been described as being "airtight." As of December 2012, Petrosyan is ranked the #1 middleweight in the world by LiverKick.com.

Anna Chicherova

Olympic athlete

Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper. She was the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and won a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also runner-up at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009, and bronze medalist in 2013.

Sirusho

Pop Artist

Siranush Harutyunyan, better known as Sirusho, is an Armenian pop singer. She began her music career singing live in Canada, in the Armenian diaspora music scene. At the age of nine she received an Armenian Music Award for her song "Lusabats". Her first studio album, Sirusho, was released in 2000, and its followed-up Sheram in 2005. In the same year, she was awarded The Future of Armenian Music, Best Album and Best Female Performer awards in the first Armenian National Music Awards. The BBC describes her success as making her a "national treasure" in Armenia, and its news service has gone on to report that she is popular in both Armenia and "throughout the Armenian diaspora throughout the world". She currently studies diplomacy in Yerevan State University, having majored in international relations. Sirusho also sings in the Greek language and, in April 2009, released her first Greek single "Erotas" in Armenia, Greece and Cyprus. The song is an up-tempo dance record with heavy Greek laiko musical influences which is apparent from the dancing and dress in the music video. Sirusho performed the song for first time live at Thessaloniki and then at Tashir Armenian Awards ceremony in April 2009.

Anastas Mikoyan

Statesman

Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan was an Old Bolshevik and Soviet statesman during the mandates of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, and Leonid Brezhnev. Dubbed the Vicar of Bray of politics, he was the only Soviet politician who managed to remain at the highest levels of power within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, as that power oscillated between the Central Committee and the Politburo, from the latter days of Lenin's rule, throughout the eras of Stalin and Khrushchev, until his peaceful retirement after the first months of Brezhnev's rule. Mikoyan became an early convert to the Bolshevik cause. Mikoyan was a strong supporter of Stalin during the immediate post-Lenin years. During Stalin's rule, Mikoyan held several high governmental posts, including that of Minister of Foreign Trade. By the end of Stalin's rule Mikoyan was starting to lose favour with him, and in 1949, Mikoyan lost his long-standing post of foreign trade minister. At the 19th Party Congress Stalin even attacked Mikoyan viciously. When Stalin died in 1953, Mikoyan again took a leading role in policy-making. He backed Khrushchev and his de-Stalinization policy, and became First Deputy Premier under Khrushchev. Mikoyan's position under Khrushchev made him the second most powerful figure in the Soviet Union at the time.

Vic Darchinyan

Professional Boxer

Vakhtang "Vic" Darchinyan is an Armenian professional boxer. He is a three-division world champion, having won eight titles in three different weight classes. He is a former IBF Flyweight Champion and a former Undisputed WBA, WBC & IBF Super Flyweight Champion. He has also captured a record of 4 IBO titles in three weight classes. He is a southpaw boxer who currently trains with Angelo Hyder. He was previously trained by former 3-division world champion, Jeff Fenech, in Sydney and briefly by Billy Hussein. Fenech and Darchinyan are the only Australian 3-division world champions in history. On 16 December 2004, Vic Darchinyan became the first ethnic Armenian to capture a world title when he defeated the previously unbeaten and defending IBF Flyweight Champion, Irene Pacheco of Colombia, by eleventh round TKO.

Levon Aronian

Chess Player

Levon Grigori Aronian is an Armenian chess Grandmaster. On the May 2012 FIDE list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2825, making him the third highest rated player in history. Aronian won the Chess World Cup 2005. He led the Armenian national team to the Gold medals in the 2006, 2008 and 2012 Chess Olympics and at the World Team Chess Championship in Ningbo 2011. He won the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, qualifying him for the Candidates tournament for the World Chess Championship 2012, where he was knocked out in the first round. He was also World Chess960 Champion in 2006 and 2007, World Rapid Chess Champion in 2009, and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2010. Aronian was declared the best sportsman of Armenia in 2005 and was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia" in 2009.

Djivan Gasparyan

Musical Artist

Djivan Gasparyan is an Armenian musician and composer. He plays the duduk, a double reed woodwind instrument related to the orchestral oboe. Gasparyan is known as the "Master of the duduk".

Susianna Kentikian

Professional Boxer

Susianna "Susi" Levonovna Kentikian is an Armenian professional boxer now residing in Germany. She was born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, but she left the country with her family at the age of five because of the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Kentikian has lived in Hamburg since 1996 and began boxing when she was twelve years old. Following a successful amateur career, she turned professional in 2005 when she signed with the Hamburg boxing promoter Spotlight Boxing. Kentikian won her first world championship fight in February 2007, and she is a former World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organization and Women's International Boxing Federation World Flyweight Champion, and is considered Top Female fighter pound for pound. Kentikian was undefeated, having won 16 of her first 30 professional fights by knockout. The German television station ZDF broadcasts her fights since July 2009. She had previously headlined fight cards for the television station ProSieben from 2007 to 2009. Kentikian has gained minor celebrity status in Germany and she hopes to reach a popularity similar to that of the retired German female boxing star Regina Halmich.

Vazgen Sargsyan

Politician

Vazgen Sargsyan was the first Defence Minister of Armenia from 1991 to 1992 and then from 1995 to 1999. He served as Armenia's Prime Minister from June until his assassination on 27 October 1999. Sargsyan joined the movement for the unification of Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia in the late 1980s and led the Armenian volunteers during the early clashes with the Azerbaijani forces. Sargsyan became the head of the Defence Committee of the Armenian Parliament in 1990 and, soon after Armenia's independence from the Soviet Union in September 1991, he was appointed Defence Minister of Armenia by President Levon Ter-Petrosyan. Sargsyan was the main commander of the Armenian forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh War, which escalated into a full-scale war by 1992. In August 1992, Sargsyan organized a volunteer battalion, which turned the course of the war in favor of the Armenian side. From 1992 to 1995, he served in different positions responsible for regulating the military operations in the war area. A ceasefire was reached in 1994, ending the war with an Armenian victory and de facto unification of Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.

Karo Parisyan

Martial Artist

Karapet "Karo" Parisyan is an American mixed martial artist fighting in the Bellator Fighting Championships. Parisyan is a former WEC Welterweight Champion and a former UFC fighter.

Armen Dzhigarkhanyan

Voice actor

Armen Dzigarkhanyan is a prominent Armenian, Soviet and later Russian actor. He has appeared in more than 170 films, according to IMDb; the figure does not include TV series, voice works and uncredited appearances.

Garik Martirosyan

Comedian

Garik Martirosyan is an Armenian entertainer, comedian, TV host, actor and singer. He's the co-producer and host of the Comedy Club Russia which airs on Russian TV channel TNT. He is also one of 4 h hosts of Prozhektorperiskhilton broadcast on Channel One since 2008.

Lusine ICL

Musical Artist

Lusine is Texan Jeff McIlwain, an ambient/IDM musician. Originally a Texas native, McIlwain now resides in Seattle. In 1998, he attended California Institute of the Arts to study 20th century electronic music and sound design for music and film. Soon after, he met Shad Scott and put out a self-titled release with Isophlux. According to Andy Kellman of Allmusic, "While there might be other producers who are more accomplished at making idyllic downtempo, or placid IDM, or abstract hip-hop, or haunting ambient techno, or blipping/skipping minimal house, few—if any—are capable of covering all of that ground with such sharp consistency." Lusine is Armenian for moon. Lusine is also a common name in Armenia. L'usine is French for the factory.

Vanes Martirosyan

Professional Boxer

Vanes Norik Martirosyan is an Armenian-American professional boxer. Vanes is currently the WBC Silver Light Middleweight Champion. He is ranked the #1 contender in the WBC, the #9 light middleweight on BoxRec.com and the #3 light middleweight by The Ring.

Saint Servatius

Deceased Person

Saint Servatius was bishop of Tongeren —Latin: Atuatuca Tungrorum, the capital of the Tungri— and is revered as a Roman Catholic saint. Servatius is patron saint of the city of Maastricht and the towns of Schijndel and Grimbergen. He is one of the Ice Saints. His feast day is May 13.

Gago Drago

Man

Gagik Harutyunyan, better known as Gago Drago, is an Armenian-Dutch welterweight kickboxer, fighting out of Alkmaar, Netherlands. He is known for his punch combinations and unpredictable kicking techniques and highly aggressive fighting style. Gago currently competes in K1-MAX and trains at Gym Alkmaar, in the Netherlands under Edwin van Os.

Manny Gamburyan

Martial Artist

Manvel "Manny" Gamburyan is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 5. Gamburyan is currently fighting in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Olga Chekhova

Actor

Olga Konstantinovna Chekhova, born Knipper was a Russian-German actress. Her film roles include the female lead in Alfred Hitchcock's Mary (1931).

Frunzik Mkrtchyan

Actor

Mher Mkrtchyan, better known by his stage name Frunzik was a popular Soviet Armenian actor. He is widely considered as one of the greatest Armenian actors of the Soviet period.

Hovhannes Tumanyan

Poet

Hovhannes Tumanyan was an Armenian writer and public activist. He is considered to be the national poet of Armenia. Tumanyan wrote poems, quatrains, ballads, novels, fables, critical and journalistic articles. His work was mostly written in realistic form, often centering on everyday life of his time. Born in the historical village of Dsegh in the Lori region, at a young age Tumanyan moved to Tiflis, which was the center of Armenian culture under the Russian Empire during the 19th and early 20th centuries. He soon became known to the wide Armenian society for his simple but very poetic works. Many films and animated films have been adapted from Tumanyan's works. Two operas: Anush by Armen Tigranian and Almast by Alexander Spendiaryan, were written based on his works.

Alexander Arutiunian

Composer

Alexander Grigori Arutiunian, also known as Arutunian, Arutyunyan, Arutjunjan or Harutiunian was a Soviet and Armenian composer and pianist, Professor of Yerevan State Conservatory, widely known particularly for his Trumpet concerto described as flashy by the New York Times. He was awarded by the Stalin Prize and State Prize of Armenia, People's Artist of the USSR and Armenian SSR honorary titles, Aram Khachaturian Prize, "St Mesrop Mashtots" and "Khorenatsi" Armenian medals, "Alexandrov" Gold medal, the Orpheus Award and "St Sahak and St Mesrop" Order by Holy Etchmiadzin.

Artem Mikoyan

Aerospace Engineer

Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan was a Soviet aircraft designer of Armenian descent. In partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich he designed many of the famous MiG military aircraft.

Angela Sarafyan

Actor

Angela Sarafyan is an Armenian American actress. She is sometimes credited as Angela Sarafian.

Hayko

Pop Artist

Hayk Hakobyan is a film score composer.

Paruyr Sevak

Poet

Paruyr Sevak was an Armenian poet and literary critic. He is considered one of the greatest Armenian poets of the 20th century.

Roman Berezovsky

Soccer

Roman Berezovsky is an Armenian football player who currently plays goalkeeper for the Armenian national team and for Russian Premier League club Dynamo Moscow. Berezovsky is the current captain of the Armenia national team. He previously played for Zenit Saint Petersburg, Khimki and Torpedo Moscow, among other clubs.

Khoren Oganesian

Soccer Midfielder

Khoren Oganesian, also known as Khoren Hovhannisyan, is a former Armenian and Soviet football player who played midfielder and current manager and coach. He was awarded the Master of Sport of the USSR, International Class title in 1976. Hovhannisyan was a member of the USSR national football team and mostly played at the club level for Soviet Top League and Armenian Premier League club Ararat Yerevan. He is widely considered a legend of Ararat and Armenian football in general. In official games of the USSR championships, Hovhannisyan had 295 matches and scored 93 goals for Ararat. His number of scored goals is a record of the USSR in Armenian football. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Armenia by the Football Federation of Armenia as the most outstanding player of the past 50 years. In a survey taken in 2005 by the Football Federation of Armenia, Hovhannisyan was chosen as the best player of Armenia in 20th century. On May 28, 2010, on the occasion of the Armenian Republic Day, a number of prominent figures of different areas were honored. For his contribution to the Fatherland Order of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, the law on State Awards, the highest award of the country, were given to Hovhannisyan, who was awarded the Khorenatsi medal.

Sargis Sargsian

Tennis Player

Sargis Sargsian is a former professional tennis player from Armenia. Sargsian turned pro in 1995, and has won one singles and two doubles titles during his career on the ATP Tour. He played for Armenia at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, in Atlanta he reached second round, but in Sydney he lost in first round. Sargsian also played at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He reached career-high rankings of World No. 38 in singles and World No. 33 in doubles during 2004. Sargsian retired in 2006 and now resides in Florida.

Gevorg Ghazaryan

Soccer Midfielder

Gevorg Ghazaryan is an Armenian football player who plays as an attacking midfielder but can play up front as well. He currently plays for the Armenian national team and for Ukrainian Premier League club Metalurh Donetsk, loaned to the Kazakhstan Premier League side Shakhter Karagandy. Ghazaryan has participated in 32 international matches, scoring 9 goals since his debut on 14 January 2007. He previously played for Pyunik F.C. and the youth systems of Pyunik. Ghazaryan is one of the youth talents of Armenia.

Edgar Manucharyan

Soccer

Edgar Manucharyan is an Armenian football player who currently plays forward for the Armenian national team and for Russian Premier League club Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast. He has notably played for both Pyunik Yerevan and Ajax Amsterdam.

Aram Asatryan

Folk Artist

Aram Asatryan was an Armenian pop singer and songwriter known for his energetic concerts and music.

Arno Babajanian

Composer

Arno Babajanian was an Armenian composer and pianist during the Soviet era.

Gagik Tsarukyan

Politician

Gagik Tsarukyan, also known by his nickname Dodi Gago is an Armenian politician and a wealthy businessman. He is seen as the most influential of Armenia's government-connected "oligarchs" and key business partner of Kocharyan owning over a dozen big businesses and living in a very large villa on a hilltop overlooking the northern outskirts of Yerevan. Tsarukyan is the founder and current leader of Prosperous Armenia Party and also the president of Armenia's National Olympic Committee. Tsarukyan graduated from Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture in 1989, had achievements in sports, was engaged in boxing, wrestling and arm wrestling. In 1996 Gagik Tsarukyan was given a title of world champion in arm-wrestling, and in 1998 champion of Europe. Since 1989 Tsarukyan has been engaged in entrepreneurship. In 1995 he founded and presided "Multi Group" concern which now includes more than 30 enterprises: "Kotayk" beer factory in Abovyan, Yerevan Chemical Pharmaceutical Company, "Mek" Network of Furniture Stores, Yerevan Ararat Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory, etc. Tsarukyan is accused of depriving ownership rights of foreign investors in Yerevan Ararat Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory. Currently there are several court hearings pending. The largest one is launched from a German investment firm that accuses Tsarukyan of having illegally taken their stake. See Ownership of NOY in question

Khachatur Abovian

Playwright

Khachatur Abovian was an Armenian writer and national public figure of the early 19th century who mysteriously vanished in 1848 and eventually presumed dead. He was an educator, poet and an advocate of modernization. Reputed as the father of modern Armenian literature, he is best remembered for his novel Verk Hayastani. Written in 1841 and published posthumously in 1858, it was the first novel published in the modern Armenian language using the Eastern Armenian dialect instead of Classical Armenian. Abovian was far ahead of his time and virtually none of his works was published during his lifetime. Only after the establishment of the Armenian SSR was Abovian accorded the recognition and stature he merited. Abovian is regarded as one of the foremost figures not just in Armenian literature but Armenian history at large. Abovian's influence on Western Armenian literature was not as strong as it was on Eastern Armenian, particularly in its formative years.

Ara Abrahamian

Olympic athlete

Ara Abrahamian is an Armenian-Swedish wrestler in Greco-Roman wrestling. He has won two World Championships in the 76 kg and 84 kg weight classes and a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 84 kg weight class. He also won the bronze match at the 2008 Summer Olympics and was awarded the medal, but his medal was rejected because of a controversial ruling in the semifinal. During the highly publicised medal ceremony, Abrahamian protested by placing the medal in the center of the mat and walking away. He was later disqualified by the International Olympic Committee and stripped of his rejected bronze medal for disrupting the award ceremony. He was also banned from wrestling for two years by FILA, but the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in March 2009.

Hamlet Mkhitaryan

Soccer Midfielder

Hamlet Mkhitaryan is an Armenian football player who currently plays midfielder for Iran Pro League club Gahar Zagros. He also played for the Armenia national team.

Svetlana Svetlichnaya

Actor

Svetlana Afanasyevna Svetlichnaya is a Soviet and Russian actress most famous for her role in The Diamond Arm.

Arthur Petrosyan

Soccer Midfielder

Artur Petrosyan is a former Armenian football player who played midfielder for the Armenian national team and for Armenian Premier League club Shirak Gyumri. He currently is one of the coaches of FC Zurich, the last club he played for as a professional. Petrosyan is the all-time leading scorer for the Armenia national football team, having scored 11 goals, and had participated in 69 international matches since his debut in the national team's first game in a home friendly match against Moldova on 14 October 1992.

Avetik Isahakyan

Poet

Avetik Isahakyan was a prominent Armenian lyric poet, writer and public activist.

Robert Emmiyan

Olympic athlete

Robert Emmiyan is a retired long jumper who represented the USSR and Armenia. He is the fourth best long jumper in history and the best long jumper not of African-American descent. His personal best jump of 8.86 metres, which he achieved in Tsakhkadzor in May 1987, is the current European record. Emmiyan received the Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR award in 1987. An annual track and field meeting in Artashat, Armenia has been held in his honour since 2001 – the Emmiyan Cup.

Sergey Khachatryan

Violinist

Sergey Khachatryan is an Armenian violinist. He was born in Yerevan in 5 April 1985. He lives in Germany since 1993 where he gave his first orchestral concert at the age of nine in the Kurhaus, Wiesbaden. He made his New York City debut on August 4, 2006, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto in Avery Fisher Hall under the baton of Osmo Vänskä. In June 2013, he played Shostakovich's first Violin Concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot conducting.

Yurik Vardanyan

Olympic athlete

Yurik Vardanyan is a former Soviet Armenian weightlifter. Vardanyan won a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics, becoming the world's first weightlifter to achieve a 400 kilogram total in the 82.5 kg weight category. During his career he set several world records. He trained at Lokomotiv in Leninakan, Armenia. He earned the title Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR in 1977 and was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1985. In 1994 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame. In 2009 Vardanyan became President Serzh Sargsyan's adviser and was appointed Minister of Sports in May 2013.

Tigran Sargsyan

Politician

Tigran Sargsyan has been the Prime Minister of Armenia since 9 April 2008. Tigran Sargsyan was born in Kirovakan, Armenian SSR. From 1980 to 1983, he attended Leningrad's Voznesenski Financial and Economic Institute. From 1983 to 1987 his postgraduate education ended in obtaining PhD degree. From 1987 to 1990 he worked as the Chief of Department for Foreign Economic Relations of Scientific Researches Institute of Economic Planning in Armenia. From 1988 to 1993 he worked at the post of Chairman of republican Council of Young Specialists and Scientists. From 1990 to 1995 he was a member of Supreme Council of the Republic of Armenia and the Chair of Standing Commission for Financial, Credit and Budget Affairs. From 1995 to 1998 he was the Director of Scientific Researches Institute of Social Reforms. From 1995 to 1998 he was the Chairman of Armenian Banks Association. Sargsyan occupied the post of Chairman of the Central Bank of Armenia from March 3, 1998 and was reelected by the Armenian National Assembly as CBA Chairman for a second seven-year term on March 2, 2005. As many as 92 MPs participated in the vote, of which 86 cast their vote for his candidacy.

Armen Nazaryan

Olympic athlete

Armen Nazaryan is an Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler who later represented Bulgaria. Nazaryan is a six-time European Champion, a three-time World Champion and a two-time Olympic Champion. He was recognized by the FILA as the best fighter of the year in 1998 and 2003. In 2007, Nazaryan was inducted as a member of the FILA Hall of Fame.

Harout Pamboukjian

Folk Artist

Harout Pamboukjian, also known as Dzakh Harut, is an Armenian American pop singer living in Los Angeles. His Armenian dance, folk, and revolutionary and romantic songs make him a favorite among Armenians worldwide.

Michel Der Zakarian

Soccer

Michel Der Zakarian is a former Franco-Armenian professional football defender and manager. He was a member of the Armenia national team, participated in five international matches since his debut in home 1998 World Cup qualifying match against Portugal. He is the current manager of French Ligue 1 football club FC Nantes.

Karlen Mkrtchyan

Soccer Midfielder

Karlen Mkrtchyan is an Armenian football player who currently plays midfielder for the Armenian national team and for Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Tigran Hamasyan

Jazz Artist

Tigran Hamasyan is an Armenian jazz pianist. He plays mostly original compositions, which are strongly influenced by the Armenian folk tradition, often using its scales and modalities. In addition to Tigran's folk influence, he is much influenced by American jazz traditions and to some extent, as on his album Red Hail, by progressive rock. His solo album A Fable is most strongly influenced by Armenian folk music. Even on his most overt jazz compositions and renditions of well-known jazz pieces, his improvisations often contain embellishments based on scales from Middle Eastern/South Western Asian traditions.

Artavazd Ashoti Peleshyan

Film Director

Artavazd Peleshian is a screenwriter, film director and film editor.

Samvel Yervinyan

Violinist

Samvel Yervinyan is an Armenian violinist and composer. Yervinyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He began studying at the age of 7 in Spenderian Music School under the tutoring of Armen Minasian. In the competitions he participated, he won all the first place prizes in his age group. He played Henry Vieuxtemps' 2nd concert on his graduation day and received a standing ovation from all the faculty members. He continued his studies at Tchaikovsky’s Music Conservatory, under the guidance and tutoring of Maestro Edward Dayan. In the following years he became the professor's pride and strongest prospect for future concert violinist. At his graduation, he played several classical compositions including, Bach's Adagio and Fugue in G Minor, Mozart's violin concert No. 5 in A Major, Paganini's Caprice No. 21 in A Major, and Sarasate's Gypsy Melodies. In 1993 Mr. Yervinyan earned his PhD from Yerevan State Musical Conservatory in Republic of Armenia. He has performed during the 2003 and 2004 Ethnicity world tours with Yanni, as well as the 2005 Yanni Live! The Concert Event and Yanni Voices tours. He is currently performing with the music artist/composer Yanni, on Yanni's 'World Without Borders' tour.

Vardan Minasyan

Soccer Midfielder

Vardan Minasyan is an Armenian football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. He is the former manager of the Armenia national football team. Minasyan has been largely credited for advancing Armenia international football. He led Armenia to a record 3rd place finish in Euro 2012 qualifications, where Armenia scored 22 goals, in his first qualification cycle. Minasyan was also the longest serving manager of the Armenian national squad to date and has the best match record of all the former managers of the national team. When he resigned in October 2013 after the FIFA 2014 qualifications, Armenia was ranked #38 by FIFA, the highest rank in the Armenian national team's history.

Karekin II

Religious Leader

Catholicos Karekin II is the current head of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Robert Arzumanyan

Soccer Defender

Robert Arzumanyan is an Armenian football player who currently plays central defender for the Armenian national team and for Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Aktobe.

Hovhannes Shiraz

Poet

Hovhannes Shiraz was a notable Armenian poet.

Khoren Gevor

Professional Boxer

Khoren Gevor is an Armenian-German professional boxer. He is a former EBU Middleweight champion.

Hamlet Mkhitaryan

Soccer Forward

Hamlet Mkhitaryan was a Soviet and Armenian football player who played striker for the Armenian national team and played most of his club career for Armenian Premier League club Ararat Yerevan and CFA 2 club ASOA Valence. Mkhitaryan was one of the biggest stars of Ararat Yerevan in the Soviet Top League during the 1980s, scoring 46 goals for the club, and played for ASOA Valence during the peak of the team in Ligue 2. He is the father of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Levon Hayrapetyan

Soccer Midfielder

Levon Hayrapetyan, also known as Levon Hairapetian, is an Armenian football player who currently plays defender for the Armenian national team and for Ekstraklasa club Widzew Łódź. He is the son of Olympic medal winning field hockey player Sos Hayrapetyan.

Amar Suloev

Martial Artist

Amar Suloev is a retired Armenian mixed martial artist with a record of 24–7–0. He is a kickboxer/wrestler who last fought Jacek Buczko at M-1 Challenge, where he won by a TKO. Suloev has 24 wins on his record with 15 of them in the first round.

Artur Aleksanyan

Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestler

Artur Aleksanyan is an Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler. He is a two-time European Champion and an Olympic bronze medalist. Aleksanyan had a successful junior career, becoming a World Champion in 2010. Now competing as a senior, Artur won a gold medal at the 2012 European Wrestling Championships in Belgrade. Aleksanyan came in first place at the 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament and won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won another gold medal at the 2013 European Wrestling Championships in Tbilisi, making him a two-time European Champion. Upon returning home, the Mayor of Gyumri Samvel Balasanyan received Aleksanyan and congratulated the athlete on his recent victory in the European Championships. Balasanyan thanked Aleksanyan for restating the sporting legacy of Gyumri with his performance and awarded him directly.

Misha Aloyan

Professional Boxer

Mikhail Surenovich "Misha" Aloyan is an Kurdish Ezidi Armenian amateur flyweight boxer who fights for Russia. The southpaw is European Champion 2010 and World Champion 2011.

Samvel Petrosyan

Soccer Forward

Samvel Petrosyan Armenian: Սամվել Պետրոսյան, Russian: Самвел Александрович Петросян; born on 27 September 1954 in Yerevan, is a former Soviet football Striker. Now is manager who has worked as the coach of several Armenian teams among which FC Pyunik, the Armenia U-21 team and FC Gandzasar Kapan. He became 1975 Soviet Cup winner playing for FC Ararat.

Silva Kaputikyan

Poet

Sirvard Barunaki "Silva" Kaputikyan was a prominent Armenian poet, writer, academian and public activist.

Arsen Julfalakyan

Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestler

Arsen Julfalakyan is an Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler.

Anania Shirakatsi

Mathematician

Anania Shirakatsi was an Armenian mathematician, astronomer and geographer. He is commonly attributed to having written the Geography.

Sargis Hovsepyan

Soccer

Sargis Hovsepyan is a retired Armenian football player who played defender for the Armenian national team and who last played for Armenian Premier League club Pyunik Yerevan. Hovsepyan was also the long-time captain of the Armenia national team. He participated in 131 international matches and scored two goals since his debut in the national team's first game in a home friendly match against Moldova on 14 October 1992. Hovsepyan ended his career on 14 November 2012 at the age of 39, just over a month before turning 40 years old. He was the last member of the first Armenian national team to retire. After his final match, he was awarded the Medal of the City Hall. A month after the completion of his playing career, he was appointed director of the Armenian national team.

Arthur Yedigaryan

Soccer Midfielder

Artur Yedigaryan is an Armenian football player who currently plays midfielder for the Armenian national team and for Kazakhstan Premier League club Kairat Almaty.

Vahan Gevorgyan

Soccer Midfielder

Vahan Gevorgyan is an Armenian-born Polish footballer who plays for Zawisza Bydgoszcz.

David Yang

Programmer

Davíd Yang, born 1968, is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of ABBYY, Ph.D. in Mathematics, Laureate of Russian Government Award in Science and Technology.

Ruben Vardanian

Organization leader

Ruben Vardanian is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Troika Dialog Group. He has worked at Troika Dialog since it was founded and has been head of the company since 1992. He is an active member of many business organizations, notably the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, where he sits on the Management Committee and is also Chairman of the organization’s Corporate Governance Committee and Arbitrator of its United Committee on Corporate Ethics. Since 2006, Vardanian is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of Strategy Committee of AK Bars Bank, since 2005 - Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and a Member of Novatek’s Board of Directors. He was appointed CEO of Rosgosstrakh in 2002–2004 and was Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors over 2004–05. He is a member of the Coordination Board of the Armenia 2020 project, a member of the Russian branch of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and member of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia board of trustees. He is also a director of a fund established by the International Baccalaureate Organization to promote education worldwide, and a Member of the Supervisory Board of the Russian National Orchestra. Vardanian is considered one of the wealthiest individuals in the Russian Federation and enjoys the friendship and support of Vladimir Putin.

Gokor Chivichyan

Martial Artist

Gokor Chivichyan is an Armenian Judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts instructor. Gokor currently trains professional and amateur fighters at the Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood. Chivichyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Gokor began his training as a young child in Soviet Armenia, winning many national and international junior titles in Judo, Sambo, and wrestling. At the age of 17, Gokor relocated to Los Angeles, where he continued his training in no-gi submission grappling under Gene LeBell, a famous catch wrestler and America' first Judo champion. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Gokor traveled and competed in the Soviet Union and throughout Europe, Japan, Thailand, and Mexico. He amassed a record of over 400 wins and no losses over a career of competing in Sambo, Judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts. With the opening of the Hayastan Academy in 1991, Gokor retired from professional fighting, undefeated, and focused his time on teaching. In 1997, Gokor came out of retirement to win a superfight organized by the World Fighting Federation. In 1998, he was named by Black Belt Magazine “Judo Instructor of the Year” and received the prestigious “Hall of Fame” spot. Since then he has produced in his school a new generation of fighters, such as Manvel Gamburyan, Sako Chivitchian, Karen Darabedyan, Roman Mitichyan, Ronda Rousey, and Karo Parisyan, who have competed in the arena of the UFC, WEC, King of the Cage, Olympic and all National Judo Championships.

Karen Demirchyan

Politician

Karen Demirchyan was a Soviet and Armenian politician. He served as the First Secretary of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1974 to 1988. Soon after his reemergence into active politics in independent Armenia in the late 1990s, he became speaker of the Armenian parliament in 1999 until his assassination with other politicians in parliament in the Armenian parliament shooting.

Nune Yesayan

Singer

Nune Yesayan, commonly known as Nune or Nouné, is a popular Armenian pop singer who began singing with an Armenian jazz band in the early 1990s before becoming a lounge singer at resorts in the Middle East. While performing in Damascus, she observed that young Syrian-Armenians knew the words to old folk songs performed by contemporary singers, which was not true of young Armenians from the Republic of Armenia.

Mikhail Piotrovsky

Museum director

Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky is the Director of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. He was born in Yerevan in the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic on 9 November 1944 to Boris Piotrovsky, a notable Orientalist and himself the future Director of the Hermitage, and Armenian mother Hripsime Djanpoladjian. At the Leningrad University Mikhail Piotrovsky obtained a doctorate in Arabic linguistics. After graduating in 1967, he worked as an interpreter in Yemen and took part in archaeological exploration of the Caucasus. After his father's death in 1990, Piotrovsky was appointed Director of the Hermitage in his stead. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Piotrovsky advocated the opening of the Hermitage collections to the wider world, which resulted in the establishment of the Hermitage Rooms in Somerset House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum. His tenure was not entirely free of scandals, however. After the museum announced in July 2006 that 221 minor items, including jewelry, Orthodox icons, silverware and richly enameled objects, had been stolen by one of the museum officials, there were calls for Piotrovsky's resignation.

Artur Ayvazian

Olympic Shooting Sport Athlete

Artur Surenovych Ayvazyan is an Olympic shooter for Ukraine who won a gold medal in the 50 metre rifle prone event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Born in the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, Ayvazyan took up shooting in 1985 and moved to what is now Ukraine in 1990, when he competed in his first major international tournament as a junior. He won one medal as a junior, in 1993, before moving up to the senior division in 1994. He moved to Simferopol in 1997 to train with a new coach and captured his first ISSF World Cup victory the following year. As of 2012 he has participated in every edition of the Olympics since 2000 and has won six World and seven European Championship medals in individual and team events, including his junior bronze from 1993.

Rubén Darío Hernández

Soccer

Ruben Darío Hernández Ariza is a former Colombian football striker, one of the leading scorers in his country's history, and one of the early busts of Major League Soccer. Overall, Hernández scored 180 goals in the Colombian League for ten different teams: Deportes Quindío, Millonarios, Once Caldas, Atlético Nacional, Envigado, Independiente Medellín, América de Cali, Independiente Santa Fe, Deportes Tolima, and Deportivo Pereira. He retired in 2000. In 1996, "Rubencho" signed with Major League Soccer's MetroStars, but lasted only ten games with them without scoring a goal. He became unhappy in the United States and the league granted him a release back to Colombia. For Colombia, Hernández scored one goal in 17 caps and played for his country at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Philippikos Bardanes

Monarch

Philippikos or Philippicus was Emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 711 to 713.

Gevorg Kasparov

Soccer Goalkeeper

Gevorg Kasparov is an Armenian football player who currently plays goalkeeper for the Armenian national team and for Iran Pro League club Zob Ahan Isfahan.

Serge Avedikian

Screenwriter

Serge Avedikian, sometimes credited as Serje Avetikian, is an Armenian-French film and theatre actor, director, writer and producer, winner of Cannes Festival prize.

Gurgen Margaryan

Military Person

Gurgen Margaryan was a lieutenant in the Armenian army who was brutally murdered in Budapest, Hungary, on 19 February 2004 by Ramil Safarov, a lieutenant in the Azerbaijani army. In September 2013, a monument dedicated to Margaryan was unveiled in Yerevan.

Aram Manukian

Politician

Aram Manukian, whose soubriquets included Aram of Van and Sarkis Hovanessian, was an Armenian revolutionary, politician and general who managed and led the Van Resistance and instrumented the founding of the First Republic of Armenia. Manukian joined the Armenian Revolutionary Federation at a very early age. He is credited as a political, military and spiritual leader of the Armenian people during and after the Armenian Genocide.

Hasmik Papian

Singer

Hasmik Papian is an Armenian soprano. She was awarded the People's Artist of Armenia title in 2004. Papian was named a Cultural ambassador of Armenia in the World for her contributions to Armenian culture in 2005 by the Catholicos of the Holy See of St. Echmiadzin and All Armenians Karekin II and awarded the Mesrop Mashtots Medal.

Edgar Malakyan

Soccer Midfielder

Edgar Malakyan is an Armenian football player who currently plays midfielder for the Armenian national team and for Armenian club FC Banants.

Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff

Philosopher

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was an influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential. Gurdjieff developed a method for doing so, calling his discipline "The Work" or "the Method". According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness is different from that of the fakir, monk or yogi, so his discipline is also called the "Fourth Way". At one point, he described his teaching as being "esoteric Christianity". At different times in his life, Gurdjieff formed and closed various schools around the world to teach The Work. He claimed that the teachings he brought to the West from his own experiences and early travels expressed the truth found in ancient religions and wisdom teachings relating to self-awareness in people's daily lives and humanity's place in the universe. The title of his third series of writings, Life Is Real Only Then, When 'I Am', expresses the essence of his teachings. His complete series of books is entitled All and Everything.

Rafael Vaganian

Chess Player

Rafael Artemovich Vaganian, also transliterated Vahanyan, is an Armenian chess grandmaster known for his sharp tactical style of play. Vaganian was born on 15 October 1951 in Yerevan.

Varuzhan Akobian

Chess Player

Varuzhan Akobian is an Armenian-born American chess grandmaster. Originally from Armenia, he now resides in Los Angeles. He played on the bronze-medal-winning U.S. team in the 2006 and 2008 Chess Olympiads.

Arsen Avetisyan

Soccer Forward

Arsen Avetisyan is a retired Armenian footballer.

Sergey Merkurov

Deceased Person

Sergey Dmitrievich Merkurov was a prominent Soviet sculptor-monumentalist of Greek-Armenian descent. He was a People's Artist of the USSR, an academic at the Soviet Academy of Arts, and director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts from 1944 to 1949. Merkurov was considered the greatest Soviet master of post-mortem masks. He was the author of the three biggest monuments of Joseph Stalin in the USSR. He was the cousin of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, an Armenian-Greek mystic and spiritual teacher.

Hripsime Khurshudyan

Weightlifter

Hripsime Khurshudyan is an Armenian weightlifter.

Edmond Keosayan

Screenwriter

Edmond Gareginovich Keosayan was an Armenian Soviet film director and musician.1952-54 - worked in Yerevan watch factory. 1954-56 - studied in Plekhanov Moscow Institute of Economy. 1956-58 - studied in Yerevan Fine Arts and Theatre Institute, worked as a compere. 1964 - graduated from the Directing Department of VGIK. Since 1964 - director at Mosfilm Studio. Occasionally worked at Armenfilm Studio. He was also a compere of the Soviet State Variety Orchestra. His films are mainly in the Armenian and Russian languages.

David Bek

Military Person

David Bek was an Armenian military commander and one of the most prominent military figures of the Armenian liberation movement of the 18th century directed against the forces of Ottoman Empire and Safavid Iran. In 1722-25, with direct support from Mkhitar Sparapet in Syunik and Avan Yuzbashi in Karabakh, David Bek headed the armed struggle of Syunik and Artsakh Armenians against Safavid Iran. In 1726-28 Armenians under the leadership of David Bek went to war with Turkish armies at Halidsor and had showed great military competence and valor by defeating them easily.

Vardan Kushnir

Man

Vardan Vardanovich Kushnir was a notorious spammer of Armenian-Jewish descent who ran the American Language Center and who is believed to have spammed the entire population of Russian-language Internet users with ads for his language courses. Kushnir was murdered in 2005.

Arman Karamyan

Soccer Forward

Arman Suren Karamyan is an Armenian football player who currently plays striker for Liga II club CS Buftea. He formerly played for the Armenian national team. Arman is the twin brother of fellow football player Artavazd Karamyan.