Saradzhev, Konstantin, Armenian conductor and pedagogue; b. Derbent, Oct. 8, 1877; d. Yerevan, July 22, 1954. He studied violin with Hřimalý at the Moscow Cons. (graduated, 1898). After further training with Ševčík in Prague (1900), he studied conducting with Nikisch in Leipzig (1904–08). He began his conducting career in Moscow, where he championed the cause of Soviet composers. From 1922 to 1935 he also was prof. of conducting at the Cons. He then settled in Yerevan, where he was artistic director of the Opera and Ballet Theater. He also was director of the Cons. (from 1939) and principal conductor of the Phil. (1941–44). In 1946 he was made a People’s Artist of the Armenian S.S.R.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire