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Alexander Kaloian – Biography

Alexander Kaloian – born 1962 in Los Angeles, California is an American-Armenian composer, currently residing in Orange County, California.
Kaloian is known for the strong nationalistic musical language in his works, which include marches, tone poems, and symphonies – many evoking images of the Armenian homeland in colour.
Among his most recent works is the large-scale Concerto for Orchestra (2015) – a 30 minute work in 5 Movements, wherein the various families of the orchestra are juxtaposed with and against each other, forming many contrasts between quiet and violence. A recording will be released on iTunes on 2 June, 2015 –  the work is “dedicated to the memory of the composer’s maternal grandmother Anna.” Listen to Concerto for Orchestra and order at Bandcamp
Kaloian has studied with a number of prominent mentors, including

  • Daniel Robbins (Harmony)
  • Gunnar Johansen (Composition in Piano)
  • John Bergamo (Percussion)
  • Amiya Dasgupta (North Indian Sargam)
  • Tom Knox (Composition in Wind Ensemble


After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, at age 19 Kaloian enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Upon graduating first in his class at the Armed Forces School of Music, Little Creek, Virginia, Kaloian was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force Pacific Band in Peal Harbor, Hawaii as Pianist, Composer/Arranger.  Upon leaving active service in 1986, Kaloian was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


A natural linguist, Kaloian graduated from the University of Southern California in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics.


Kaloian is a member of ASCAP and is published by The Cloud Media Group, Limited (ASCAP ) – Music scores, parts, sheet music and recordings of selected works are available at


Kaloian is a leading figure in Music Technology and embraces New Media with a commitment to furthering Classical music throughout the world.  Listeners can engage with this immense musical energy on the Website and in Social Media – follow on Twitter @akaloian and “like” on Facebook.

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