Armenian Soviet composer. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (2.07.1979). He graduated from the Yerevan Conservatory (1955) and the graduate school of the Moscow Conservatory with Aram Khachaturian (1965). Since 1971 - Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Moscow Organization of the Union of Composers of the RSFSR, chairman of its creative commission of symphonic music; Since 1972 - Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Soviet Composer Publishing House. He was a member of the CK RSFSR and CK USSR. Member of the CPSU since 1958.