Alicia Terzian (born 1 July 1934) is an Argentinian conductor, musicologist and composer of Armenian descent. Born in Córdoba, Terzian studied at the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires under Alberto Ginastera, Gilardo Gilardi, Roberto García Morillo and Floro Ugarte.
Terzian received a degree in piano in 1954 and a degree in composition in 1958. In 1962 Terzian continued her studies in electronic music and medieval Armenian church music with Father Leoncio Dayan at the Mekhitarist Monastery of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice.
After completing her studies, Terzian taught music in Argentina at the National Conservatory, the Municipal Conservatory of Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and at the Art Institute of the Teatro Colón. She founded the Fundación Encuentros Internacionales de Música Contemporánea (EIMC) festival in 1968 and the Grupo Encuentros in 1979.
Terzian has served as a member of the Music Council of UNESCO, is Vice President of the International Women's Council of UNESCO, Vice-President of the Argentine Composers Association, general secretary of the Argentine Society for Musicology, founder of the Latin-American Music Council.
Honours and awards
First Prize, Municipality of Buenos Laires City (1964)
Francisco Solano Award (1968)
Argentine Outstanding Young Musicians Prize (1970)
National Fund for the Arts Prize (1970)
First National Prize of Music (1982)
Gomidas International Prize (1983)
Academic Palms Medal, Government of France
Saint Sahak and Saint Mesrop Medals from Pope Vasken I of the Armenian Church (1992)
Alberto de Castilla Medal of Colombia (1994)
Mozart Medal, International Music Council (1995)