Festival President Stepan Rostomyan
Composer, RA Honored Art Worker Stepan Rostomyan studied at the Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas, Armenia, at the Faculty of Composition, Classes of Professor Ghazaros Saryan and Avet Terteryan. He became one of the most well-known post-Soviet composers who commissioned pieces for leading soloists and ensembles such as Oleg Kogan, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Paragon Ensemble, among others. The Scottish Arts Council funded commissions to Rostomyan four times, and each of the premieres and performances was rated as “sensational success” or a “smash hit” according to Herald. Stepan Rostomyan is an author of chamber and symphony pieces, mono opera, vocal and instrumental compositions. Many of his pieces, according to Leonardo US magazine “became popular in the West”. One of his recent pieces “Tagh of Angels” a triple of Taghs (medieval form of Armenian sacred song) has been numerously performed in Switzerland, UK and America to the highest acclaim. Stepan Rostomyan authored music to many beloved films and theatrical performances. He is a frequent lecturer of Armenian music and culture in international conferences. In 1989 he was invited to work at Glasgow University’s electro acoustic music studio and afterwards established an electronic music department at the Yerevan State Conservatory. Students of Rostomyan’s class are leading young composers of Armenia who are the winners of the first places at prestigious international composing competitions. Mr. Rostomyan is one of "...about 500 leading composers of the second half of our century..." from all over the world whose life and activity are included in the Contemporary Composers reference book, Gale Research International.