New PARMA Artist: Alicia Terzian

We are proud and excited to welcome Argentinian composer Alicia Terzian to the PARMA family!

Terzian has enjoyed a vast and inspirational career as a composer, conductor and musicologist, and we will be traveling to Russia later this year to record a full album of her works for string orchestra with Maestro Vladimir Lande. 

Born in Córdoba, Argentina on July 1st 1934, she studied at the National Conservatory of Music and Drama of Buenos Aires with Alberto Ginastera, Gilardo Gilardi, Roberto García Morillo, Floro Ugarte, Pedro Saenz, the poet Pedro Miguel Obligado, where she studied piano and was awarded the First Prize and Gold Medal in composition in Alberto Ginastera´s professorship (1959).

In 1962 Terzian traveled to Europe to study the religious medieval Armenian music with Father Dr. Leoncio Dayan at the Mekhitarist Monastery in Saint Lazaro, Venice. She finished her musical studies of orchestra conducting with Mariano Drago.

In 1968 she created the International Encounters for Contemporary Music Foundation where she serves as Artistic Director. Following Maestro Ginastera’s advice, she created this institution for the promotion of the Argentine contemporary music in her country and in the world.  Since 1979, the Encuentros Foundation is the Argentinian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and her annual Festival Encuentros have become an important forum for Latin American music.

As a complement to her annual Festivals, Terzian formed the Grupo Encuentros with the intent of promoting and educating audiences about music written by Argentine and Latin American composers, alongside the music of other important international composers.

In 1990 Terzian was elected by unanimity as the Vice President of the International Music Council, Unesco, as well as the Secretary and later on, the President of the Three Americas Music Council COMTA (CIM-UNESCO-Paris), this latest appointment was held until 2004.

In 2003 she was appointed by unanimity Honorary Member of the International Music Council during the General Assembly integrated by 100 countries.

Keep an eye out for updates from Alicia’s project, and in the meantime, you can hear some of her work in the following video: 

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