Queen of the Armenian Kanon
The name of famous kanon (qanon) player Hasmik Leyloyan is already known to a wide range of audience. She perfectly possesses the expressive techniques of this instrument and demonstrates a unique ability to perform both national and classical difficult compositions.
Leyloyan was born in Yerevan. After completing Armen Tigranyan School of Music she studied in the Romanos Melikyan College of Music. In 1981 she graduated from the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. Soon after that she began working at the Chair of National Instruments of the same institution as an instructor. She has undertaken a wide range of concert and teaching activities since 1970s. She co-worked with various musicians: Ara Gevorgyan, Karen Durgaryan, Yervand Yerznkyan, Nikolay Kalinin, Ara Ghazaryan and others. In 1974 during a concert she presented improvisations and instrumentations of a number of difficult classical pieces on Kanon, thus drawing the attention of the audience to this instrument.
The gifted kanon player composed a text-book on kanon techniques, and compiled a number of collections on musical training and methods. She created beautiful compositions and replaced the part of piano with kanon in many works. She has many radio and TV audio tapes, as well as several laser discs.
In 2006 she founded a quartet of kanon players with Narine Malkhasyan, Armine Asatryan and Susanna Avetisyan.