Tavrizian, Mikhail (Arsenievich), Armenian conductor; b. Baku, May 27, 1907; d. Yerevan, Oct. 17, 1957. He studied viola (diploma, 1932) and conducting with Gauk (diploma, 1934) at the Leningrad Cons. After playing viola in the Maly Opera orch. in Leningrad (1928-35), he pursued a conducting career. From 1938 he was principal conductor of the Yerevan Opera and Ballet Theater, where he conducted the premieres of many Armenian works. He also was active as a sym. conductor. In 1956 he was made a People’s Artist of the U.S.S.R.
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