Tigran Mansuryan

Jan 27 1939

Was born in 1939 in Beirut. Composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world.
Mansurian studied composition with Edvard Bagdasarian at the Romanos Melikian College of Music in Yerevan from 1956-60,
and with Lazarus Sarian at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory from 1960-65, with whom he continued his post-graduate studies from 1965-67.
His creative efforts were well received from the very beginning of his career, evidenced by multiple worldwide prizes and awards.
He taught modern music theory at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory from 1967-86, and served as the rector of the Conservatory from 1992 to 1995.
Mansurian is recognized as one of the forerunners of contemporary music in the former USSR, being the first to introduce modern compositional techniques in Armenia.
Mansurian's compositions are an interesting mixture of Armenian art music and folk traditions, with bright, expressive melodies and exquisite, impressionistic tone color.