Alisa Sargsyan

(b. 1981, Yerevan).

Armenian composer of mostly chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed in Europe; she is also active as a pianist.

Ms. Sargsyan is the daughter of the composer Ruben Sargsyan (b. 1945). She studied piano with Zemfira Barsegyan at the Tchaikovsky School of Music in Yerevan from 1988–98, where she also studied composition with Melik Mavisakalyan from 1991–98. She studied composition with her father and piano with Rose Tandilyan at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan from 1998–2003, where she later had postgraduate studies with her father and Rose Tandilyan.

Among her honours are First Prize in the Juniors Assembly of the Arts competition in Moscow and the Special Prize of the Moscow News (both 1992, both for Two Romances) and First Prize and Gold Medal in the Amadeus competition (1996, for Konzertstücke). Most recently, she received co-Third Prize and Bronze Medal in the competition Benjamin Britten in Yerevan (2003, for Nachtgeister ins Kobeir). Her music has been performed in Armenia, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

As a pianist, she has performed her own music and traditional répertoire, as well as improvisations, in Armenia, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine.

She has lectured on music history and piano at the Komitas State Conservatory since 2003.


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The Swineherd (opera in 2 acts, libretto by Irina Zolotova, after Hans Christian Andersen), 1994


Concerto, piano, large orchestra, 1995

Konzertstücke, violin, small orchestra, 1996


Trio, violin, cello, piano, 1997

Sonata, viola, piano, 2000

Nachtgeister ins Kobeir, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, cornet, 2001 (also version for flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, cornet, percussion, 2002)

Contrasts, violin, cello, piano/prepared piano, 2002

Autumn Song, flute, 2002


Lullaby (vocalise), mixed chorus, small orchestra, 1999


Two Romances (texts by Anna Akhmatova, Konstantin Balmont), voice, piano, 1991

The Rose (text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1992

Vision of Belshazzar (text by George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron), bass, small orchestra, 1996

Hayrens (song-cycle, text by Nahapet Kuchak), soprano, piano, 2000

Modigliani (text by Ruben Angaladyan), bass, duduk (oboe from Armenia), bass clarinet, piano, 2002

Fire in the Heart (monodrama, text by Vladimir Mayakovsky), bass, orchestra, 2003


My Favourite Tales, 1993

Poème, 1998

Seven Variations on an Original Theme, 1999

The Mask, 2001