By Satenik Kaplanyan
YEREVAN — This year the Romanos Melikyan State Music College of Yerevan commemorates its 100th anniversary and the 140th anniversary of Melikyan’s birth. The festivities culminated in the inauguration of a refurbished auditorium at the college on August 24. This auditorium has now been named after three distinguished Armenian composers, Aram Satyan, Konstantin Petrossian, and Levon Chaushyan, who are revered luminaries in the musical world of the Republic of Armenia.
Satyan, an esteemed figure in Armenian art, is not only a composer but also a professor. He completed his education at the Romanos Melikyan State Music College, followed by studies at the Composition Department at Yerevan State Conservatory under the tutelage of Aleksandr Harutyunyan. He pursued post-graduate studies under the guidance of Edvard Mirzoyan and has been the president of the Union of Composers of Armenia since 2013. He has been recognized as Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia.
Petrossian, also an Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia, excels as a composer, pianist, and conductor. He earned his degrees from Yerevan’s Romanos Melikyan State Music College, and Yerevan State Conservatory’s Composition Department, where he studied under Edvard Baghdasaryan and Grigor Yeghiazaryan, respectively. Notably, he directed the Music Center of the Union of Composers of Armenia and serves as the conductor of Boston’s Yerevan Chorale Society and Orchestra since 2008.
Chaushyan, another Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia, is celebrated as a composer and professor. He completed his studies in the composition and piano departments at Yerevan Conservatory, and pursued post-graduate studies. He held prominent roles as the vice-president of the Union of Armenian Composers and the founding president of the Armenian Music Assembly.