Alicia Terzian is an internationally renowned contemporary music figure who is known for her accomplishments as a composer, conductor, and musicologist. In musicology, she specialized in Latin American and 4th thru 10th-century ancient religious Armenian music.
She has been awarded many composition prizes, including 1st Municipal Prize in 1964, 1st National Fund for the Arts Prize in 1979 and 1982, and 1st National Prize of Music in 1982.
She has composed more than 80 works for orchestra and chamber orchestra featuring soloists, chamber ensembles, choral ensembles, musical theater productions, instrumental soloists, vocalists, and multimedia music.
She has received many commissions including the following: Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon; London Ices Festival; Festival of Zagreb; Aspekte Salzburg Festival; Banco Mayo Foundation; Grenoble Orchestra; Radio France; Dutch pianist Marcel Worms; Organist Adelma Gómez; Ensemble Contemporánea of Denmark; Dutch bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay; and Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela.
Terzian is member of Fine Arts Academy of Chile and Spain, and since 1968 has been the Artistic Director of the Encuentros Internacionales de Música Contemporánea Foundation (the official Argentinian representative of the ISCM).
In 2003, she was elected an Honorary Member of the General Assembly of the International Music Council of UNESCO, placing her close to the most distinguished figures in the world of music.