Ephrikian, Angelo, Italian conductor and music scholar of Armenian descent; b. Treviso, Oct. 20, 1913; d. Rome, Oct. 30, 1982. He received training in violin and composition, making his conducting debut in Venice in 1945. His diligent study of the vast output of Vivaldi led him to organize the Instituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi in Venice with Malipiero in 1947. He subsequently conducted the chamber orch. of the Scuola Veneziana, with which he championed Vivaldi’s music. With Malipiero et al., he also prepared a complete edition of Vivaldi’s works (Rome, 1947–72). From 1959 to 1973 he was artistic director of the recording firm Arcophon. In 1971 he became director of the Bologna Phil. He served as conductor of the Angelicum Chamber Orch. in Milan from 1978. Ephrikian also did much to advance the cause of Monteverdi, Marcello, Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, Boccherini, and other Italian masters of the past.
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