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.


Violin Concerto

Release Date: April 10, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6277
21st Century
String Orchestra
The creation of VIOLIN CONCERTO by Alicia Terzian marked the beginning of her 65-year (and counting) compositional career. Originally composed in 1954/55, this important piece of her repertoire was brought to life thanks to a collaboration between Navona Records and the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. This album also features Terzian's Three Pieces, which listeners can remember from their previous Navona release, OFF THE EDGE.

Tangos… & Something More

Release Date: August 9, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6246
21st Century
Alicia Terzian is a world-recognized, award-winning composer, conductor, and musicologist. She is on the faculty of the Fine Arts Academy of Chile and Spain and is the conductor of Grupo Encuentros, the official group of the International Encounters for Contemporary Music Foundation and the only permanent group in Latin America.

40 Years of Contemporary Music

Release Date: July 13, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6172
20th Century
21st Century
Large Ensemble
Since composer, conductor and musicologist Alicia Terzian founded Grupos Encuentros in 1978, the six-person group has garnered international acclaim for its success at bringing the music of avant-garde Argentinian and Latin American composers to the world. On 40 YEARS OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, their debut recording for NAVONA RECORDS, the group combines compositions from such well-known Latin American composers as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alberto Ginaslera, and Terzian herself with works by an international array of composers that ranges from Anton Webern (Germany) to Luciano Berio (Italy) to Franz Schreker (Austria) to Pierre Boulez (France).

Off The Edge

Release Date: May 12, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6088
21st Century
String Orchestra
Argentinian composer, conductor, and scholar Alicia Terzian’s new Navona release OFF THE EDGE is an incredible journey into the heart of the string orchestra. The four works on the album introduce listeners to Terzian’s captivating compositional perspective and enchanting treatment of this ensemble’s sonic potential. Her writing focuses heavily on the drama, nuance, and contrasts accessible through instrumental color, and OFF THE EDGE showcases numerous audacious textures involving the string orchestra, with different percussion instruments,chorus,soloists and voice.