Tigran Mansurian is a Lebanese-born Armenian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world.
Mansurian studied at the Yerevan Music Academy and completed his PhD at the Komitas State Conservatory where he later taught contemporary music analysis. In a short time he became one of Armenia's leading composers, establishing strong creative relationships with international performers and composers such as Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Pärt, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, André Volkonsky and Edison Denisov as well as Kim Kashkashian,Jan Garbarek, and the Hilliard Ensemble.
Mansurian was the director of the Komitas Conservatory in the 1990s. He has recently retired as an administrator and teacher, and concentrates exclusively on composition. Mansurian's musical style is characterized mainly by the organic synthesis of ancient Armenian musical traditions and contemporary European composition methods. His oeuvre comprises orchestral works, seven concerti for strings and orchestra, sonatas for cello and piano, three string quartets, madrigals, chamber music and works for solo instruments. He has also composed film scores, most notably for Sergei Parajanov's film The Colour of Pomegranates (a.k.a. Sayat Nova, 1968).
Mansurian was born in Beirut, but his family returned to their homeland in 1947, and he eventually attended Yerevan's Conservatory, the same school where he would teach in the 1970s-'80s and then direct in the 1990s. His music has several champions, such as cellist Karine Georgian, violist Kim Kashkashian and the Rosamunde Quartett. Mansurian has written in all genres, with orchestral, chamber, and vocal works dominating his catalog, but he also has scored dozens of films. His music -- developing in stylistic phases over his career -- is concise, capable of expressing a great deal lyrically, by economical means. Elements of neo-classicism, serialism, and, frequently, Armenian monody and the music of Komitas, can be found in it.
Biography by Patsy Morita - Source: allmusic
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