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Alexander Kaloian – Biography

Alexander Kaloian – born 1962 in Los Angeles, California is an American-Armenian composer, residing dually in the United States and the Republic of Armenia.
 
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.
 
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, where he was in constant demand by Admirals and Generals across all branches of the Armed Forces for nightly official functions during his his 4 year assignment.  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 http://firstedition.com
 
Kaloian is a leading figure in Music Technology and embraces New Media with a commitment to furthering Armenian music throughout the world.  Listeners can engage with this immense musical energy on the firstedition.com Website and in Social Media – follow on Twitter @akaloian and “like” on Facebook.
 

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