The Inside Story: Alicia Terzian

Argentinian composer, conductor, and scholar Alicia Terzian is the next featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of our artists. Read on to see what Terzian’s guilty pleasure is…

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When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist/ composer/creator?

All my life was bound to music, arts, culture, philosophy and I it was never in my mind to be an artist or a composer.

I simply started studying composition with Alberto Ginastera at 19. Composing was something natural to me. So natural that one day at my 20s I told Ginastera that I wanted to write a concert for violin and orchestra. My Maestro looked at me with concern and told me “try to do it… but it must be a very original work because many concerts were written till now”… I didn’t it and so my life as a composer started…naturally. My Violin Concerto of my 20s was played more than 40 times in the whole world and I have many CDs recorded.

What is your guilty pleasure?

To eat chocolate while reading Agatha Christie…

If you could do any job in the world and make a living at it, what would that be?

I love cooking and I do it very well… specially Armenian cuisine for my 3 grandsons!!!

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What would you say to an artist performing your work that nobody else knows?

I would say to him to play my music with his heart, to be faithful to every note on the score because I know what I write and why because I perfectly know how my works sound even when they are not performed….

What does this album mean to you personally?

This album is very important to me because I am confirming to the world that Carmen Criaturalis written in 1970 is a spectral work and they have not recognized it… because I am a woman… Canto a mí misma written 32 years ago is the first work in which the sound of an orchestra is transformed in real time, and the audience is moved by the sounds that come from all around the concert hall.

Is there a specific feeling you want listeners to tune into when hearing your work?

To those who listen to  Off the edge…. will know that I am a composer that is living on the edge without falling down… that my music reaches their hearts and speaks to them directly through the senses.

Alicia Terzian’s OFF THE EDGE is released on Navona Records Friday, May 12th, and is available for pre-order purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and ArkivMusic

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