The music he wrote—choral works, songs, several operas, and orchestral and instrumental works—is European classical music, but suffused with the tradition of Armenian folk music and religious music, of which he was an avid collector and registrator.
Originating from a line of musicians, he studied music from 1891 to 1895 at the Gevorgian Academy in Echmiadzin, near Yerevan, with Soghomon Soghomonian (later known as Komitas Vardapet), with whom he became friends and a long-time collaborator. Then he moved to St. Petersburg, where he studied music from 1895 to 1904 with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Glazunov and Anatoly Lyadov.
Ronald Grigor Suny, Emeritus Professor of political science at the University of Chicago, is a grandson of Grikor Mirzaian Suni.
"Armenian Songs of Grikor Mirzaian Suni: Vocal Solos and Duets" Reissued in CD Form; The Suni Project; Music Preservation Has New Website
Dec 14, 2002; Armenian Reporter, The 12-14-2002 The Suni Project, a music preservation nonprofit, has reissued "ArmenianSongs of Grikor...