Interview (article in Armenian, courtesy Vartan Vartanian) 
                   The   devilishly   handsome   and   urbane   youth,   perched   on   a   piano   stool,   flicked   his   fingers, gave    a    toss    of    his    head,    and    tapped    on    the    keys,    playfully    at    first,    teasing    a    legato performance as a prelude to the appassionato indulgence that transfixed his audience.                The   young   Ohan   Dourian,   at   his   impromptu   concert,   in   the "ballroom"   of   the   Jerusalem   Armenian Benevolent    Union    ("JABU"),    before    an adoring bevy of classmates.                The   grand   piano,   neglected   for   so long,   burst   into   renewed   vigor   under   his titillating    fingers,    carrying    him    into      dizzying      rendition      of      a      Chopin nocturne.               Years   later,   when   at   the   height   of   his fame    as    composer    and    conductor,    in Armenia    and    France,    he    would    recall those    halcyon    days    with    a    mix    of profound nostalgia.                     He    was    born    in    the    Armenian Quarter   of   the   Old   City   of   Jerusalem,   in a   house   adjoining   the   playground   of   the St   Tarkmanchatz   parochial   high   school. And   he   received   his   initiation   into   the art    and    mystery    of    music,    at    the keyboard     of     a     grand     piano     that occupied   pride   of   place   in   a   room   of   its own.                  A   scion   of   one   of   the   leading   kaghakatsi   clans   of   Jerusalem,   Ohan   grew   up   in   the   midst   of an extended family that would include the renowned philosopher, Haig Khatchadourian.                (For   purely   practical   purposes,   Ohan   had   found   it   expedient   to   curtail   his   surname   to Dourian.   The   world   famous   Armenian   composer,   Aram   Khatchadourian,   who   bears   the   same surname, is not related to Ohan).        
Armenian Jerusalem
birthplace of my soul
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
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