Ashot Ariyan (born in 1973) is a Canadian-Armenian composer and pianist. In 2012 he became a Doctor of Music at the University of Montreal.  His thesis was titled “Opera-ballet Bilgamesh. Symbiosis of a Forgotten Genre, an Archaic Mythology and a Dead Language”. Composed between 2009 and 2012, the opera-ballet “Bilgamesh” represents an ambitious project for two special reasons. Firstly, there is the attempt to revive a partially forgotten genre opera-ballet. Secondly, the ancient language of Mesopotamia, Sumerian and Akkadian, are used exclusively.

After completing secondary school he studied piano for four years at Romanos Melikian Music College while at the same time improving his skills in composition. In 1995 he moved to Moscow to continue his education in composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and graduated with distinction in 2001. A year later after his Master’s Degree he became an assistant to Prof. Khachaturian at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and then further taught as a lecturer in Composition, Counterpoint, Harmony and Orchestration.

He is an author of more than 20 compositions including two symphonies, a piano concerto, two symphonic frescos, and a number of chamber works. Some of his compositions have been performed at the concert halls in Russia, Armenia, Belgium, Germany, Canada and the USA.

In 1999 in the great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the author performed his own “Concerto-Brevis” for piano and orchestra with great success with the orchestra of “Russian Philharmonic”. In 2009 his symphonic fresco “Sounds of Stonehenge” was performed in Montreal by the Orchestra of University of Montreal. Later, in January 2011, the same work was performed in Armenia by the National Philharmonic Orchestra and in Moscow by the Moscow State Orchestra. One of his last works, Planète X (Un train pour l’enfer II) for seven instruments, was performed in November 2013 in Montreal with great success by the ensemble “Arkea”. Many of his chamber works were first performed in the framework of the “Moscow Autumn” international music festival.