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Haig Mardirosian

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Haig Mardirosian served as dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of music at The University of Tampa from 2009 to 2017. Mardirosian has earned international standing as a composer, conductor, and concert organist and recording artist. In 1977, he was the first American chosen to play in the International Organ Week in Bonn, Germany. In 1989, Mardirosian was one of two Americans to perform in the first (and only!) Soviet/American Organ Festival. In the exactly 50 years since his debut, he has performed in hundreds of engagements.

Mardirosian has 20 recordings to his credit on various labels in the United States and Europe. Widely recognized are his discs of works by Eben, Liszt, Langlais, and English composers of the 18th and 20th centuries. Currently available releases include Clavierübung Live, a live performance of the Bach, Clavierübung, part III; the complete organ works of Johannes Brahms for a second time; and a disc of Gregorian Chant with Ensemble Torculus. He has also recorded a disc of works on the organ of Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, University of Tampa. All of the above are available on Centaur Records and most can be streamed via the major download sources such as iTunes or Spotify.

Mardirosian’s broadcast credits include major global outlets like Northwest German Radio, Westdeutsche Rundfunk Radio and TV, Belgian Radio, New York’s WQXR, and American Public Media. He has performed live broadcast concerts from Harvard University's Busch-Reisinger Museum for WGBH and Public Radio. His own compositions, published by leading presses, have been premiered at the Berlin Festival, the University of San Francisco, the National Gallery of Art, and heard on ABC-TV, the Voice of America, PBS and the BBC.

As a writer and critic, Mardirosian has contributed nearly 1,500 reviews and features to a variety of publications. He has published in Forecast, The American Organist, The Diapason, the Journal of American Organ Building and Fanfare (for which he was a reviewer of new recordings for 25 years). For a decade, he contributed a monthly opinion column, Vox Humana, to The American Organist. Much of that writing will appear in Mardirosian’s book, Vox Humana, now in press. Under the auspices of a grant from the Swedish Institute, he has spent time in Sweden to research and write about the music of Otto Olsson. He has also served as director of the Editorial Resources Committee of the American Guild of Organists.

Prior to his appointment in Tampa in 2009, Mardirosian served 33 years as professor of music and was senior vice provost and dean of academic affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. He was also organist and choirmaster of the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes in Washington, D.C.