Composer, trumpet player Robert Petrosyan was born in Yerevan, on August 28,
1930. Although musical abilities were discovered at an early age, he received
music education at the age of 14. He studied at the Alexander Spendiaryan Music
School, and at the same time played the trumpet in the Brass Band of Pioneers
1953-1957 he studied at the Romanos Melikyan Music School (Eduard Baghdasaryan's
class), then entered the Department of composition of Yerevan Komitas State
Conservatory (Grigor Yeghiazaryan's class), finishing it in 1962.
From 1955 he worked as a trumpet player at the Gabriel Sundukyan State Academic
Theater, and from 1960-1979 as the director and conductor of the local music
1963-1981 He has taught music in musicological subjects at several educational
institutions. Since 1960 Petrosyan has created and directed pop and folk
orchestras, which have received numerous awards and diplomas, participating in
numerous republican and all-union contests.
1979-1986 he was the founder and artistic director of the Arevik children's
vocal-instrumental ensemble of Public Radio and Television of Armenia. During
those years, Arevik became the Laureate of Republican, Transcaucasian, and then
USSR 60th Anniversary Contest, and received a Gold Medal in Dubna.
1986-1995 R. Petrosyan was the head of the Aram Merangulyan Folk Orchestra of
Television and Radio. In 1995 under the patronage of Ministry of Defense of the
Republic of Armenia he created the Elegy Pop Ensemble, which had concerts in
Armenia and Artsakh. During those years Petrosyan was awarded the Gold Medal of
the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia.
1993-2007 he was the Chief Music Advisor at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
and the Armenian General Benevolent Union.
Since 1972 Petrosyan was a member of the USSR Composers Union. He was also a
member of the Art Councils of the Television and Radio Committee of the Republic
of Armenia, and since 2003 an honorary member of the Armenian Music Society.
R. Petrosyan authors a symphony, two string quartets, large-scale choral and
instrumental, ensemble, and vocal pieces. A part of them is for children; often
they can be heard from children who don't even know the author's name; they just
sing songs that are to their liking. In them is revealed in all its versatility
the miraculous world of childhood, diverse characters, thoughts, aspirations,
dreams and endeavors of children. The musical language of the composer is basing
on fret and intonation, rhythmical and metrical peculiarities of the national
There are numerous arrangements works by Armenian, Russian and Western European
composers for symphony, brass, folk and pop orchestras and individual
instruments. 1957-2008 77 works by R. Petrosyan received Republican and
More than 300 works by Robert Petrosyan are included in the Gold Fund of Public
Radio of Armenia.