Harold Hagopian

label manager


A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Hagopian began his career as a musician. In 1990, Hagopian was hired as a reissue producer for RCA Victor/BMG Classics where he supervised the sonic restoration and CD releases of over 1000 titles from RCA’s Archives, including The Complete Victor Recordings of Fritz Kreisler packaged in a 12-CD Box set for which Hagopian received a Grammy nomination. Hagopian co-produced the 92-CD Box Set documenting the entire recorded legacy of Artur Rubinstein. The Artur Rubinstein Collection, also received the Grammy nomination as Best Historical Reissue. Other notable releases included albums by Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Shorty Rogers, Joe Williams, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and numerous Living Stereo and High Performance titles, including Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Fiedler, Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner, Ernesto Lecuona, and numerous others. Interested in his own ethnic heritage, Hagopian learned to play traditional Armenian folk music from his father, Richard Hagopian, the internationally renowned oudist. In 1995, Hagopian founded Traditional Crossroads with Rounder Records, a record label devoted to audiophile recordings of world music. To date, Traditional Crossroads has issued nearly one-hundred titles and sponsored major US tours featuring renowned artists such as Djivan Gasparyan (Armenia), Kayhan Kalhor (Iran), Mohammad Reza Shajarian (Iran), Kudsi Erguner (Turkey), Wu Man (China), Kalman Balogh (Hungary), Joel Rubin, Frank London and Alicia Svigals (Klezmer), Ivo Papasov & Yuri Yunakov (Bulgaria), Thodosii Spassov (Bulgaria), Shoghaken Ensemble (Armenia) and Juan Carlos Formell (Cuba). Additionally. Hagopian serves as a consultant to the Silk Road Project, a concert series founded by the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

participating in

  • WOMEX 2007
  • WOMEX 2006
  • WOMEX 2001
  • WOMEX 2000