|Also spelt Cheknavarian, Persian: لوریس چکناواریان
A contemporary Armenian-Iranian composer and conductor. He was born in 1937 in Borujerd, province of Lorestan, southwestern Iran, and was educated in Tehran.
In the course of his career, Cheknavarian has made about 100 recordings (with RCA, Philips, EMI, ASV, etc.) and written more than 75 compositions (symphonies, operas, a requiem, chamber music, concerto for piano, violin, guitar, cello and bipa (Chinese lute), ballet music, choral works and an oratorio. And over 45 Film mosaics. Cheknavarian also has conducted international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, U.S., Canada, Hungary, Iran, Finland, former USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Denmark, Israel, etc.
His own compositions have been performed by major orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the London Percussion Virtuosies, the Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra.