Levon A. Hakobian (Akopyan)
Doctor of Art Criticism. Born in 1953 in Yerevan, Armenia; graduated from Yerevan State University and Komitas Yerevan State Conservatory. Current positions: Head of the Music Theory Department at the Russian State Institute for Art Studies, editor of the electronic peer-reviewed journal “Art of Music: Theory and History,” member of the editorial staff of the New Collected Works by Dmitry Shostakovich (Moscow, DSCH Publishers). Major publications (in Russian, unless otherwise stated) include “The Analysis of Profound Structure in Musical Texts” (Moscow, 1995), “Music of the Soviet Age, 1917–1987” (Stockholm, 1998, in English), the Russian version of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Moscow, 2001, 2/2007), “Shostakovich: An Essay on the Phenomenology of his Work” (St. Petersburg, 2004), “Mozart: A Guide-Book” (2006), “Music of the 20th Century. A Concise Encyclopaedia” (Moscow, 2010), “Music of the Soviet Era, 1917–1991” (London & New York, 2017, in English), “Sharakan. Canons and Hymns of the Armenian Church” (translation from Classical Armenian, with introductory article and comments, Yerevan, 2017), “The Phenomenon of Dmitry Shostakovich” (St. Petersburg, 2018), “Great Outsiders of the 20th-Century Music” (Moscow, 2019), as well as a number of texts in Russian, Armenian, English, Polish, German, French and Italian, dedicated to the medieval Armenian sacred chant, topical problems of music theory, the history of Soviet music, and lesser known 20th-Century composers.