- Şahan Arzruni
(b Córdoba, July 1, 1934). Argentine composer, musicologist and conductor of Armenian descent. She studied composition with Ginastera at the National Conservatory, Buenos Aires, where she graduated in 1958 and won the Gold Medal in 1959. She also studied Armenian sacred music in Italy with Father Leoncio Dayan at the S Lazzaro monastery near Venice, and pursued private studies in conducting with Mariano Drago. She has won many honours in Argentina and France and the St Sahak and St Mesrob Medal from Catholicos Vazken I of Armenia (1993), and has received commissions not only in Argentina but also from London, New York, Zagreb, Grenoble, Salzburg, Radio France and the National SO of Buenos Aires. In 1978 she founded Encountros Internacionales de Música Contemporánea to introduce international audiences to Latin American, and specifically Argentine, avant-garde music; under her direction, the group has participated in about 200 festivals. She is General Secretary of UNESCO's Music Council of the Three Americas. She has been professor of composition at the National Conservatory and has lectured widely on contemporary music....