Tuesday, January 20, 2015

John Bilezikjian -- We loved you and miss you!

Kissing Cousins.  April, 2011, Southern California:  cousins Berta Bilezikjian (left) and 
Bethel Bilezikian Charkoudian (right) express their love for their cousin, famous oud player John Bilezikjian (center).  All three are  children of Armenians who survived the genocide and came to this country early in the  20th Century from Marash, Ottoman Empire.
Photo Credit: Helen (Mrs. John) Bilezikjian

John Bilezikjian, a musician famous for his compositions, performances and recordings of Middle Eastern oud music -- a master oud player -- passed away yesterday morning,  January 19, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.  May God rest his soul.  Condolences and love.
John -- you are sorely missed.


  1. I'm so sorry about your cousin
    He played at my nephews wedding in 2004 and we had a nice talk then
    He was a gracious man and a great musician

  2. Stephanie Bilezikjian TalanianJanuary 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    What a wonderful picture! My condolences to all the family. My dad bought his first album many years ago and it came to me when my Mom died. I was fortunate to hear him play at Boston's Armenian Night at the Pops and then speak with him afterwards.