Rouben Gregorian

Rouben Gregorian (1915- 1991) was born into an Armenian family in Tbilisi, Georgia. His family fled the city of  Tabriz, Persia, in 1915 to avoid the horrors of Armenian massacres happening in neighboring Turkey. A second-generation musician, Gregorian received his primary music education from his father, the violinist, conductor, and teacher Leo Gregorian, who had studied in Belgium with the legendary Leopold Auer. Rouben Gregorian studied in Tehran and Paris and settled in Boston in 1952. His musical activities included teaching, conducting, and composing. For more than 25 years, he was affiliated with the Boston Conservatory, where he taught violin and was the conductor of the orchestra and chorus.

 

During his active years, Gregorian was the conductor of the Boston Women's Orchestra, The Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Komitas Choral Society of Boston.

 

He was twice invited to Armenia to conduct the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Yerevan, and he also guest-conducted the National Iranian Radio and Television Chamber Orchestra. Among other prominent musicians of the time, Gregorian was also closely affiliated with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he was one of the founders and most frequent conductors of the Armenian Night at the Pops. He was proclaimed "Man of the Year" by the National Representative Assembly of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.