Alexan Mnagian (1936-1986)
Alexan Mnagian was born in Bourj Hammoud (Lebanon) on November 10, 1937. He began to play musical instrument in 1952 after being encouraged by Father Krikoris Haboyan. Between 1955-1957 he gave concerts in Aleppo, Baghdad, Lebanon, Tehran, Istambul and Cyprus. Mnagian refined his musical talent in Milan (Italy) between 1957-1959 under the guidance of maestro Fugazza. During this period Mnagian received many international prizes. In 1959 Mnagian returned to Lebanon and as an expert in accordion played and plated in the government radio station band and taught at the government conservatory. In 1975 Hamazkayin’s dance group participated in the CONFOLA (France) international festival and Mnagian accompanied as their artistic director. In 1977 this same group had appearances in Kuwait and Iran. In 1978 Mnagian worked with the “Dzndzgha” children choir in various musical fields. In 1980 he conducted the “ Nanor” children-juvenile as well as ARF choirs. In 1981 he became the artistic director of Hamazkayin’s Nanor dance group, and in 1983 the artistic director of Hamazkayin’s dance group. Alexan Mnagian has been active in the Armenian and Lebanese circles as composer, instrument player and consultant.