(April 7, 1933, Moscow, USSR -
November 16, 2000, New York City, USA)
Iosif Andriasov (Ovsep Andreasian) was a composer-symphonist; a moral philosopher; a teacher, who created a new school of performing art, based on "spiritual virtues"; a humanist, and a heroic personality. He was born in Moscow on April 7, 1933, to the Armenian family. His father, Arshak Andriasov, was an economist; his mother, Maria Bedjanova-Andriasova, was an artist. He began to play the piano and compose at the age of three; at five, entered musical school to study violin; and then studied composition with Grant Grigorian and Grigory Frid. In 1963, I. Andriasov graduated from the Peter I. Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, where he studied composition with Evgeny Golubev. He also attended the lectures at the Moscow M. V. Lomonosov State University, Department of Biology. In 1964, Mr. Andriasov became a member of the Soviet Composers' Union on the recommendation of Dmitri Shostakovich, who said of him: "When the entire world lost a sense of harmony, composer Iosif Andriasov has not only not lost this sense, but added to harmony a new quality".
I. Andriasov would become a Consulting Composer of the Union and became a member of the editorial board of the Muzyka International Publishing House and a consultant to the head of the music department at the USSR All-State Radio and Television.
In 1973, the Head of the Armenian-Gregorian Church Vozgen the First, Catolikos of All Armenians, awarded Mr. Andriasov the Special Charter with Recognition and Blessing for his contributions to music and ethics. In 1974, for his Second Symphony, I. Andriasov won the Soviet Composers' Competition. In October, in the USSR National Celebration, the Second Symphony was performed at a gala concert, together with the Fifth Symphony by P. I. Tchaikovsky and the Third Piano Concerto by S. Prokofiev, which was broadcast throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In the same year, the Ministry of Culture invited Iosif Andriasov to become Head of the Special Committee on Music and Moral Matters to the USSR General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. I. Andriasov declined the position.
Then, he was asked by a senior official if he would accept the Soviet government's most prestigious honor, the Lenin Prize. Mr. Andriasov rejected that as well, stating: "By accepting a reward from criminals, one becomes an accomplice to the criminals". In May of 1979, Iosif Andriasov immigrated with his family to the United States, upon invitation by US Senators Jacob Javits, Patrick Moynihan, and Edward Kennedy.
In the U.S., I. Andriasov wrote new music compositions, made complete revisions of his main compositions, and continued to work on his philosophical ideas. He prepared his works for publication by the IMMA Publishing Co., which he planned to open. In 1994, Asahi TV, a major Japanese broadcasting company, produced a documentary film about Mr. Andriasov and his remarkable contribution to the world's culture. Iosif Andriasov was selected among two thousand of the world's most prominent people as the "International Man of the Year" for the Year 2000-2001 by the International Biographical Center of Cambridge, UK in recognition for his outstanding work in music and ethics.
Iosif Andriasov is the author of three symphonies, Concertino for Trumpet and Symphony Orchestra, Concertino for Clarinet and Symphony Orchestra, Concerto for French Horn and Symphony Orchestra, Variations in Five Movements for Chamber Orchestra, musical sketches for various instruments and chamber orchestra, Passacaglia for Trumpet, Trombone and String Orchestra, "Meditation" for French Horn and String Orchestra, String Quartet, Piano Trio, Cantata "To the Mother-Earth" (poetry by Vladimir Lazarev), as well as numerous works for choir, voice, and different instruments. Iosif Andriasov is the author of works in the field of philosophy and ethics, including : "To My Friends", the book of aphorisms (1968 - 2000) and "Treatise on the Spiritual World", the main thesis: "Negation of slave-master morality and assertion of morality of the free individuals" (1976 - 2000).
In his life, and in his musical and philosophical works, Mr. Andriasov negated all manifestations of "slave-master morality" such as totalitarianism, Nazism, chauvinism, world domination, cult of personality, and asserted "morality of the free individuals" (I. Andriasov). He wrote music characterized by enormous beauty, depth of its spiritual virtues, expressed through the richness of emotions, sophisticated construction and profound humanistic ideas.
Mr. Andriasov's compositions have been performed and recorded by many orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists; performed at various festivals; broadcast over radio stations; published by "Muzyka", "Sovetsky Kompozitor" Publishing Houses; catalogued by Peters - Belaieff - Litolf Musikverlag Publishing House (Frankfurt, Germany); released on "Melodiya" and "Deutsche Grammophon" records; commissioned by the Ministries of Culture of the USSR, the Russian Republic, and by RIAS (Berlin). Since 2001, Iosif Andriasov's compositions are published exclusively by IMMA Publishing Co., New York that is owned by his wife, Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova). In 2003, IMMA Records became the exclusive recording label releasing all Mr. Andriasov's compositions. His son, Arshak Andriasov, owns IMMA Records.
Copyrighted by Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova), 1995-2005
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1. Second Symphony for Soloists, Mixed Choir, and Symphony Orchestr
2. Concertino for Clarinet and Symphony Orchestra, Op. 27 - First M
3. Concertino for Clarinet and Symphony Orchestra, Op. 27 - Second
4. Musical Sketch for Flute and String Orchestra, Op. 4
5. Variations in Six Movements for Twenty Five Peformers, Op. 18 -
6. Variations in Six Movements for Twenty Five Peformers, Op. 18 -
7. Variations in Six Movements for Twenty Five Peformers, Op. 18 -
8. Variations in Six Movements for Twenty Five Peformers, Op. 18 -
9. Variations in Six Movements for Twenty Five Peformers, Op. 18 -
10. Variations in Six Movements for Twenty Five Peformers, Op. 18 -
11. The First Symphony for Symphony Orchestra, Op. 12 - In One Movem