You probably know the name of the great Armenian composer Tariverdiev but you rarely hear his organ music in concert in the West. This article contains video that is actually audio accompanied by photos; you can hear his finely crafted music.
“In the last decade of life Mikael Tariverdiev concentrated on instrumental music. He composed three organ concerts (Cassandra, Cahier Polyphonic, Third Concert), Ten Chorale Preludes In Imitation of Old Masters, organ symphony Chernobyl prompted by the impressions of his trip to Chernobyl soon after the catastrophe.” If you want to find out more about Tariverdiev, there is a good Wikipedia page which includes an opus list.
This article on Russia Behind the Headlines was written just after the Moscow round of the Eighth Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition, which was this year held on September 2 at the Glinka Museum of Musical Culture. Organists participating are from many countries: Germany, Poland, Latvia, Hungary, Japan, Korea, United States, Russia, and others.
I first posted about a primary round of the competition in 2011.