1938 - Iosif
Andriasov enrolls in the October Revolution music school to study
violin with Professor Tutsevich.
1941 - Germany invades the Soviet Union on June 22. Iosif?s
father goes to the front as a volunteer; his family is evacuated to Novosibirsk
Andriasov plays the violin for wounded Soviet soldiers in hospitals.
1943 - The Andriasov family returns to Moscow. Continues to
study violin at the Music School and plays in the State Children Orchestra.
Saves his father's life from an attack of a Nazi spy.
1948 - Arshak
Osipovich Andriasov dies. Iosif drops out of the music school;
enrolls in the Central Sport School as a soccer player and boxer; organizes a
jazz orchestra, plays accordion.
1953-1957 - Iosif
Andriasov studies composition with Grigory
Samuilovich Frid at the Music College of the Moscow Pyotr Ilyich
Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. He composes String Quartet, Piano Trio,
pieces for various instruments, and romances. Some of them are published by "Muzyka"
and "Soviyetsky Kompozitor" Publishing Houses in Moscow; and his Quartet
is recorded and broadcast abroad by a Soviet radio station.
1962, June 16 - Premiere of Iosif Andriasov's First Symphony. Iosif
Andriasov deciphers the singing of birds, on commission by the "Science
and Life" journal, putting these melodies on paper. The article is published.
1963, June - Iosif
Andriasov graduates from the Moscow Conservatory with his First
Symphony performed at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Dmitry Shostakovich,
who was a Chairman of the State graduation examinations committee that year, is
the first to congratulate Iosif
Andriasov with the words: "I am in awe!"
1964 - Iosif
Andriasov enters the Soviet Composers' Union upon recommendation of Dmitry
Shostakovich, who said of him: "When the entire world had lost a
sense of harmony, composer Iosif Andriasov not only has not lost this sense,
but added to harmony a new quality."
1965 - The score of Iosif Andriasov's First Symphony is
published, upon recommendation of Dmitry
Shostakovich, by the "Muzyka" International Publishing
House, Moscow, USSR. It is the first published composition of Iosif Andriasov.
1965-1970 - Iosif
Andriasov masters stylistic trends of Western-European avant-garde
(serial compositions: "Labyrinth,"Op.
15, 1965; "Phoenix,?"
Op. 16, 1966, and Concerto for Orchestra - Variations in Six Movements,
Op. 18, 1968); synthesizes tonality, modality, aleatory and other expressive
means in one composition (musical sketches for various instruments - 1969), and
writes tonal compositions (Passacaglia
for Trombone and Piano, 1969, and Cantata "To the Mother-Earth?"
for Baritone Solo, Four Trombones, Two (or more) Harps, and Mixed Choir, Poetry
by Vladimir Lazarev, 1970).
Iosif Andriasov is a Consulting
Composer of the Composers' Union, a member of the Editorial Board of the "Muzyka"
International Publishing House, as well as a Consultant of the Head of the
Music Department at the USSR All-State Radio and Television, Moscow, USSR.
1973, April 15 - Premiere of Iosif Andriasov's Second Symphony at the
Festival-Plenum of the Union of Soviet Composers, Moscow, USSR.
1973 - Iosif Andriasov writes his Book of Aphorisms "To
My Friends" and begins to write his "Science on Morality." Travels
Armenia, upon an invitation of the Armenian Composers' Union (Eduard Mirzoyan, Robert Atayan).
The Head of the Armenian-Gregorian Church, Vazgen the First,
Catolikos of All Armenians, awards Iosif Andriasov the Special Charter with
Recognition and Blessing for his contribution to music and ethics.
1974 - Iosif Andriasov wins the Soviet Composers'
Competition in Budapest,
Hungary. The Second Symphony represents Soviet music at the USSR National
Celebration Concert on October 22, 1974, at the Special Gala Concert, which was
broadcast live over "Organisation Internationale de Radiodiffusion et de
Télévision" Network (Bulgaria,
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the European
republics of the USSR).
Premiere of Iosif Andriasov's Concertino for Clarinet
and Symphony Orchestra.
1974-1978 - The Soviet authorities show an interest in the
philosophical ideas of Iosif Andriasov. They want Iosif Andriasov to declare
that his ideas sprang from the Marxist-Leninist
ideology; offer him to sell the "Science on Morality" to
them, as a relic; they ask him: "Help us make Leonid
Brezhnev "a peacemaker," and we will give you worldwide glory as a
Iosif Andriasov proposes
significant democratic reforms to the USSR Government to improve the society.
The Soviet Government refuses to implement them. Iosif Andriasov states: "I
will not let you make "creative slaves," using my ideas."
Consequently, when the Ministry of
Culture of the USSR offers Iosif Andriasov a position of the Head of
the Special Committee on Music and Moral matters to the USSR General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, Iosif
Andriasov declines the post. Then, when asked by another senior official if he
would agree to accept the Soviet government's most prestigious honor, the Lenin Prize. Mr. Andriasov
rejected that as well, stating: "By accepting a reward from criminals,
one becomes an accomplice to the criminals."
1975 - Iosif Andriasov makes a revision of his book "To
My Friends" and composes his Concerto for French Horn and Symphony
1976 - Iosif Andriasov finishes the "Science on Morality"
- laws of the spiritual world.
Iosif Andriasov writes letters to
Leonid Brezhnev, Tikhon Khrennikov, and other officials with request to let him
go to the West in order to continue developing his ideas of his "The Science
on Morality" in the countries with different social-political systems.
1977 - The Soviet authorities decide to leave Iosif
Andriasov out of the public eye. They try to force his wife, Marta Andriasova
(Marina Kudryashova), to announce at the Department's meeting at the Moscow
Conservatory that Mr. Andriasov's ideas belong to the Communist Party, in
particular, to Leonid Brezhnev. Marta announces at the meeting that the ideas
she applied during her lectures belong to Iosif Andriasov and not L. Brezhnev,
who used those ideas without reference to Mr. Andriasov, and distorted them as
well. As punishment, Marta Andriasova is not re-elected to teach, deprived of
defending her dissertation, and is told by officials that she would never again
teach in any educational establishment, and is not given any kind of job in the
1978 - Compositions of Iosif Andriasov are introduced at the
Juilliard School, New York City, USA (Ivan Galamian, Gerard Schwartz, Vincent
Persichetti, and David Diamond).
The School of Musical Education, in
New York City, invites Iosif Andriasov to be a Professor of Composition and
Marta Andriasova to be a Professor of Music History.
1979 - Before leaving the USSR, Iosif Andriasov had to
submit all of his musical diaries and sketchbooks to the Soviet Composers'
Union authorities to receive their permission for taking his music with him.
Some pages from his diaries were extracted and replaced with blank paper.
Iosif Andriasov is not allowed to
take the original documents and his philosophical works with him. He made
negatives of his book "To My Friends" and hid it in a secret
place in his luggage. He told about this only to his wife, Marta Andriasova
(Marina Kudryashova). Because of these precautions, Mr. Andriasov was able to
bring these materials to the West.
A U.S. State Department officer at
the US Embassy in Moscow takes Iosif Andriasov's Conservatory Diploma signed by
Dmitry Shostakovich, the Special Charter with Recognition and Blessing signed
by Vazgen the First, together with other unique documents belonging to him and
his family, to be transported to the U.S, but the documents were never
Iosif Andriasov immigrates to the
U.S. with his wife and daughter invited by Senators Jacob Javits, Patrick
Moynihan, and Edward Kennedy, and arrives in New York City.
Iosif Andriasov's String Quartet
receives its American premiere at a Manhattan jail, New York City. I.
Andriasov's Piano Trio and Concertino for Clarinet and Piano receive their
premiere at the Newport Music Festival (Newport, RI, USA). Senator Jacob Javits
sends a greeting telegram to Iosif Andriasov.
Iosif Andriasov travels to Vienna,
Austria, with his pupil Dmitry Sitkovetsky, a violinist. Mr. Andriasov taught
him (1972 - 1980) to play violin, expressing "spiritual virtues." Iosif
Andriasov prepares D. Sitkovetsky for the Fritz Kreisler International Violin
Competition. As a result, D. Sitkovetsky wins the first prize.
1979-1987 - Iosif Andriasov teaches Anatole Wieck, violinist and
May 1979-1990's - Iosif Andriasov writes letters to the American
Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., and many other U.S.
officials with a request to return to him his and his family's documents, but
the documents were never returned.
1980 - Iosif Andriasov receives a commission from RIAS,
Berlin to write a composition for string orchestra. He composes his
Symphonietta for String Orchestra.
1981 - The Muncie Symphony Orchestra performs Mr.
Andriasov's First Symphony. This performance was dedicated to the release of
American hostages from Iran.
Iosif Andriasov composes the "Meditation"
and "Ave Maria."
Iosif Andriasov travels to Germany
for a recording of his First Symphony by the Bamberger Symphoniker for the
Iosif Andriasov takes karate classes
at the North American Japanese Karate Association Club, with instructor
Masataka Mori. Later, he becomes the first Dan karateka of the North-American
Japan Karate Association.
1983 - Iosif Andriasov composes the first version of his
Third Symphony - "Piece" for String Orchestra. A "group of criminals"
persecutes Iosif Andriasov and his family during their life in the U.S.
1985 - Iosif Andriasov prepares Victor Romasevch (Lubotsky),
his violin and viola student (1979 - 2000), for the J.S. Bach International
Competition in Washington, D.C., U.S. As a result, V. Romasevich wins the Gina
1986-1987 - "A group of criminals" attempts to kidnap Iosif
Andriasov's son, Arshak (b. 1980), in order to exchange him for Iosif
Andriasov's philosophical works. Official protest of the Soviet Government to
the State Department of the USA is expressed.
1989 - Premiere of Iosif Andriasov's "Meditation" for
French Horn and String Orchestra in Denver, CO, U.S.
Iosif Andriasov composes "Piece"
for Symphony Orchestra.
December 1989 -
August 1990 - Iosif
Andriasov with his family lives in San Francisco, CA.
August 1990 -
November 1990 - Iosif
Andriasov with his family goes to Italy, then travels to Western and Eastern
European countries (Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary) and
returns to New York City.
1992 - Iosif Andriasov compiles his Piano pieces into a set "Seven
Pieces for Piano" and edits his Four Romances for Various Voices and Piano.
1994 - A major Japanese broadcasting company, Asahi TV,
produces a documentary film about Iosif Andriasov and his remarkable
contribution to the world's culture.
Iosif Andriasov composes the "Spring"
for String Quartet.
Iosif Andriasov and Marta
Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova) enter the set of "Seven Pieces for Piano"
into the Finale music computer program.
Iosif Andriasov gives the first
lesson in composition to his son, Arshak Andriasov.
1995, March - Iosif Andriasov suffers his first heart attack.
Iosif Andriasov makes a final
revision of his Concertino for Trumpet and Symphony Orchestra.
Vladimir Lazarev, Eduard Mirzoyan,
Alexander Tyapkin, Rudolf Manukov, Ararat Mkrtchyan, Giya Kancheli from the
USSR visit Iosif Andriasov in his New York City apartment.
1995 - 2000 - Iosif Andriasov and Marta Andriasova (Marina
Kudryashova) prepare many of Mr. Andriasov's compositions for publication.
1998 - Administration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mr.
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director, destroys the copies of five scores by Iosif
Andriasov that were sent, upon request of Mr. Barenboim, to Shulamit Ran,
Composer-in-Residence, for a review. Iosif Andriasov writes a letter of
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony,
conducted by Bruce Poley, performs the Concertino for Clarinet and Symphony
Orchestra by Iosif Andriasov, with Eric Ginsburg as a soloist.
1999 - Iosif Andriasov makes a final revision of his
Concertino for Clarinet and Symphony Orchestra.
2000 - International Biographical Center of Cambridge, UK
selects Iosif Andriasov, among two thousand of the world's most prominent
people, as the "International Man of the Year" for the Year 2000-2001
in recognition of his services to music and ethics.
Summer 2000 - Iosif Andriasov with his family rest at the rented
dacha (of a Swedish Ambassador) in Hamptons, Long Island, NY.
Iosif Andriasov makes final
revisions of his First Symphony, Second Symphony, and Third Symphony. Mr.
Andriasov continues working on his Fourth Symphony and Concerto for Oboe and
Symphony Orchestra, both unfinished.
1979 - 2000 - In the U.S., Iosif Andriasov continues to work on his
philosophical ideas. He writes "Treatise on the Spiritual World," the
main thesis of which is: "Negation of slave-master morality and assertion of
morality of the free positive creative individuals."
November 16, 2000 - Iosif Arshakovich Andriasov dies from heart failure
in the Lenox Hospital, New York, NY.
2001 - Present - Iosif Andriasov's compositions are published
exclusively by IMMA Publishing Co., New York, which was found and is owned by
his wife, Marta Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova).
The "In Memoriam" Concert,
dedicated to the music of Iosif Andriasov, takes place at the Aram Khachaturian
Concert Hall, Yerevan, Armenia. This concert was sponsored by Iosif Andriasov?s
family: Marta Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova), wife, Maria Andriasova,
daughter, and Arshak Andriasov, son.
2002 - "In Memoriam" Concert, dedicated to the music of
Iosif Andriasov, takes place at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory,
Russia. This concert was sponsored by the family of Iosif Andriasov (Marta
Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova), Maria Andriasova, Arshak Andriasov), and
2003 - Present - IMMA Records is the
exclusive recording label of Iosif Andriasov's compositions. IMMA Records is
owned by his son, Arshak Andriasov.
2004 - The CD of Iosif Andriasov's "Five Orchestral
Compositions," digitally re-mastered archival recording, compiled and produced
by Arshak Andriasov, is released by IMMA Records.