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Iosif Andriasov

1933, April 7 - Iosif Arshakovich Andriasov was born in Moscow, USSR, to an Armenian family. His father, Arshak Osipovich Andriasov (1893-1948), was an economist. His mother, Maria Fyodorovna Bedjanova-Andriasova (1898-1974), was an artist.

1936 - Iosif Andriasov begins to play the piano and compose.

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 (Siberia). Iosif 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.

1952 - Private composition lessons with Grant Aramovich Grigorian (a pupil of Evgeny Kirillovich Golubev at the Moscow Conservatory).

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.
1958 - Iosif Andriasov enters the Moscow Conservatory, studying composition with Professor Evgeny Golubev, orchestration with Professor Dmitry Rogal-Levitsky, analysis with Professor Sergei Skrebkov, and piano with Professor Victor Rozanov.

1960 - Iosif Andriasov composes his First Symphony and the Concerto for Trumpet and Symphony Orchestra.

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, April 7 - Iosif Andriasov marries Marina (Marta) Leonidovna Kudryashova, a fellow student at the Moscow Conservatory.

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."

Iosif Andriasov attends the lectures at the Moscow M. V. Lomonosov State University, Department of Biology (Professor Leonid Kudryashov).

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.

Iosif Andriasov writes the music to the documentary film "Favorsky."

Iosif Andriasov writes a new musical version and instrumentation of Jacques Offenbach's operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld" for the Moscow Operetta Theater.
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 studies electronic music at the ANS (Museum of Alexander Nikolaevich Scriabin) and studies conducting (courses at the Soviet Composers' Union).

Middle of 1960's - Middle of the 1970's - Iosif Andriasov is interested in The Bible, Hermetism, Buddhism, parapsychology, works by Elena Blavatskaya, George Gurdjiev, Søren Kierkegaard, Henri Bergson, Bertrand Russell and others; practices yoga.

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.

1971 - Iosif Andriasov composes the Second Symphony for Soloists, Mixed Choir, and Symphony Orchestra, Poetry by Vladimir Lazarev and folk poetry.

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 to Yerevan, 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 composer."

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 Orchestra.

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 USSR.

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 returned.

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 violist.

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 Bavarian Radio.

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 Bachauer Prize.
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 protest.

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 Victor Romasevich.

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.

The creation of the official web site of Iosif Andriasov: 

This web site is authorized by the Estate of Iosif Andriasov, copyright by Marta Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova), Administrator of the Estate of Iosif Andriasov.

"Father's Day" Celebration concert: Father & Son Composers - Iosif & Arshak Andriasov at Old First Church, San Francisco, CA, USA.

2007 - The launching of Iosif Andriasov's CD Baby: 

2008 - The "75th Birthday of Iosif Andriasov" concert, where the compositions of Iosif Andriasov and Arshak Andriasov are performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

2010 - Arshak Andriasov (IMMA Records) releases the Second CD of IMMA Records: "Iosif Andriasov Chamber Music Compositions."

Marta Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova) finishes and releases her book: "Essays on the Music of Iosif Andriasov."

2011 - Arshak Andriasov creates a new web site:


Time line by Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova)