founder and the chief of the quartette as well as its first duduk
is Geaorgy Minasov. G. Minasov was born in Baku, graduated from
Baku Musical College, worked s a soloist of the Folk Instruments
Orchestra in Azerbaijan State Radio and Television. In 1983 he moved
to Yerevan and has been a soloist of Gussan and Folk music Ansamble
At the same
time he teaches in Yerevan Musical College after R.Melikian. G.Minasov
performed on the stages of many counries such as the USA, Canada,
Russia, Greece, Sura, Lebanon, Iraq
Emirates and others. G.Minasov is the author of three text - books
on playing duduk. He also created several modifications of duduk:
baritone, tenor. As a result, the range of the normal duduk has
been enlarged chromatically by a quint.
the work at the instruments in 1992 and in 2002 he got the copy
right license for invention. The quartette of duduk-playeres was
founded by Minasov in 1998. In 2001 the quartette recorded its first
repertoire of the quartette includes Armenian fold, gussan songs,
and spiritual music, music of peoples of the world, eastern, mugams.
The considerable part of the repertoire is the works of Armenian
composers: Komitas, Yekmalian, Pahlavuni, Shnorhali, classic music
(in author's adaptation) of Bach, Mozart, Rakhmaninov, Gershvin
and also the work of modern composers.
can listen to the extracts from some pieces: