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Leon Janikian

 

Associate Professor of Music

Coordinator of Music Industry

Music Department

Northeastern University

 

Professor Leon Janikian has been an academician, professional musician, and recording engineer for over 40 years. He began his musical education at the Longy School of Music, followed by undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. At both institutions he studied clarinet with Felix Viscuglia of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1975, Janikian completed a Master of Music in Composition at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. While at UMass he was privileged to be a student of the eminent composer Dr. Philip Bezanson. During his graduate years, Professor Janikian initiated his deep involvement with the art and technology of musical recording and technology. His work during these years include recordings of the former Leningrad Philharmonic, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Archie Shepp, Max Roach, and many others broadcast over National Public Radio.

In 1976 he founded Sound Techniques Recording Studios. The studio was his major project for the next 13 years. During the Sound Techniques years Prof. Janikian was the primary engineer/producer for over 250 records in all musical genres, and numerous productions for multi-media and commercials. He is the recipient of a number of awards for his productions.

In 1984, while still the owner/chief engineer at Sound Techniques, he was invited to join the faculty of the Sound Recording Technology program at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

In 1994, Prof. Janikian was appointed to the faculty of music at Northeastern University. Currently, Professor Janikian is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Industry concentration. He continues to be very active in the music production and recording field and is one of the most sought after musicians specializing in the traditional music of Armenia, Greece, and the Middle East in the United States. Professor Janikian has been deeply involved with the creation of the Archive of Armenian Music in America , a major research and technical project. The mission of the Archive is to store for posterity the aural history and traditional music of the Armenian community in the United States. In addition to the web site Professor Janikian’s work has been published as compact disks on the American Recording Productions label.(www.arpmusic.com) A number of these productions have won national and international awards for excellence. Professor Janikian frequently presents lecture concerts throughout the United States and Canada.

You may reach Leon Janikian at his e-mail address: l.janikian@neu.edu