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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 18, 1939, of Armenian origin; married to Maria de Fátima Granja Tacuchian; two sons: Marcelo and Márcio


Composer, Conductor, University Professor, Music Researcher, Cultural Administrator, and Music Editor


Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (University of Southern California, 1990). Graduate Studies in Composition (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, 1968) and Conducting (UFRJ, 1967). Bachelor in Piano (UFRJ, 1961); Bachelor in Composition and Conducting (UFRJ, 1965);


            COMPOSER: Almost 250 titles presented in about one thousand and five hundred live presentations; his music has been played all over the western world and broadcast in Brazil, USA, Portugal and Indonesia; Highlights: 10 pieces for orchestra; four chamber cantatas and four symphonic cantatas (his Christmas Cantata for soprano, baritone, narrator, chorus and orchestra, ca 30’, was played more than 20 times and recorded twice for the Brazilian television); two Concertinos (for piano and for flute and string orchestra); Concerto for guitar and orchestra (symphonic version premiered in Salamanca, ES, 2011); string orchestral version premiered and recorded by Turíbio Santos, 2010); four string quartets; two wind quintets and one brass quintet; instrumental soli (mainly for piano and for guitar), songs, choirs, and other atypical ensembles; computer music. Discography: About 72 items in 36 CDs, including some records in the U.S. besides former LP recordings. Four CDs are dedicated exclusively to his music (Chamber music from the 70s; Guitar Music; Piano Music; and Baritone, Clarinet and Piano music ensembles).

            CONDUCTOR: Has conducted some Brazilian orchestras; One of the founders and first conductor of the Ars Contemporanea (a new music Brazilian ensemble of the 70s). Choir conductor; Titular Conductor of the UNIRIO Orchestra (2002-4); Conducted an outdoor concert with the greatest instrumental group of the history of Brazil: a Music Band with 2000 musicians (Rio de Janeiro: Apotheosis Square, 1985). In 2004 the composer conducted a choral symphonic concert in Oporto, with a program exclusive with his music.

            PROFESSOR: Full Professor at UFRJ and at UNIRIO (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro); Visiting Professor at State University of New York at Albany (1998) and at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2003/4). Professor of a nine-hour course at the Centro de Estudios Brasileños, Universidad de Salamanca (2011).

            RESEARCHER: Has published about one hundred works on musicology, music theory, and Brazilian music, among chapters of books, articles in journals, communications or conferences in Annals of Congress, and other venues. Imparted more than two hundred speeches or conferences in Brazil and abroad (USA, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy). Post Doctoral Program (research) in the Portuguese Music Museum sponsored by CAPES (Cascais, Portugal, 2002/3). Creator of the T-System.

MUSIC AND ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATOR: Head of the Music Theory Department at UFRJ (1986/7);  Coordinator of Music Graduate Studies at UFRJ (1992/5); Deputy Rector of Graduate Studies And Research at UNIRIO (1999/2000); President of the Academia Brasileira de Música (1993/7; and 2006/9). Member of the Programming Advisory Commission of the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro (1999-2000). Member of the External Evaluation Commission of the Portuguese Universities, nominated by the Portuguese Government (2005). Nominated  member of the Advisory Commission of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (2008). Music director of the Rio de Janeiro former See (Our Lady of  the Carmo Church; 2009). He was appointed by the Universidad de Salamanca's Rector as Counselor for Music Creation affairs of the Brazilian Studies Center of the Universidad de Salamanca (2011).

            MUSIC EDITOR: Former member of the Editorial Board of some Brazilian music journals; Editor in chief of the journal Brasiliana (from the Music Brazilian Academy); Head of the Brazilian board of RILM. Editor of the Villa-Lobos' Harp Concert and of the Choros nª 7


            FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS: Fulbright Commission (1987/2000), “a competitive award to scholars and artists involved in research, creativity, and study programs” (he was awarded a DMA degree in Composition at the University of Southern California); Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award at the State University of New York at Albany (1998), “where he taught Composition and Brazilian Music and when he visited and delivered lectures in the Winona State University (Winona, MN), University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut), Yale University (New Haven, CT) Southern Puget Sound Community College (Olympia, WA), and State University of New York at Oswego, presented a paper at the Northeast Chapter Meeting of the College Music Society (Albany, NY); and conducted concerts  with his work (in New York and Albany).”

                                   Rockefeller Foundation (2000). Residence in Bellagio Study and Conference Center (Villa Serbelloni), Italy, where he wrote his 3rd String Quartet “Bellagio”; This piece was premiered nine months later in the  Teatro Filodrammatici, Milan, Italy.

                                   Other Minds, INC/ Djerassi Residents Artists Program. Participation in the Other Minds Festival (San Francisco) with four pieces featured (2002).

                                   Apollon Art Foundation (Bremen, Germany): commission of the Song Cycle Three Love Songs, premiered in Bayreuth, followed by renditions in Vienna, Berlin, and London (2002); commission to write Assim falava o Baiá (for flute, cello, percussion, piano and voice), featured in Potsdam, Bayreuth, Würzburg, Bremen, Vienna, London, München, Paris, Belém, and Manaus (2003).

                       CAPES (Coordination of the University Level Personnel Improvement, Brazilian Government). Travels to Portugal where he lives during 5 months, invited by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a grant from CAPES, in order to teach, do musicological research and feature his own music (2002/3). Tacuchian has received from CAPES other fellowships and awards for different projects.

                       CNPq (National Counsel of Scientific and Technologic Development, Brazilian Government). A grant for an academic travel to the United States for lectures and classes in the International Conference on Latin American Music of the Colonial and Early Independence Periods (Chicago, IL), in the Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and in the University of Houston (Houston, TX) (1993). CNPq Research Fellowship to work on Brazilian Music of the second half of the   20th Century (1997/2007).

            COMMISSIONS: Countless music commissions, including from the FUNARTE (National Foundation of the Arts); Bank of Brazil Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro Town Hall, Rio de Janeiro State Government, Amazonas State Government, Appolon Art Foundation (Germany), North/South Consonance (New York).

            AWARDS: Academic Achievement Award, “an award to honor graduating international students with high academic  achievement at the University of Southern California” (1990). Member of the Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society (USA) as “a recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship” (1990). Patron of the Campesina Friburguense Symphonic Band, a life honor (1991). International Man of the Year proclaimed by the International Biographical Centre (Cambridge, UK, 1992) Distinguished Member of the Community Music Bands Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro “for the relevant services paid” (1997). Personality of the year (music) proclaimed by the American Biographical Institute (Raleigh, NC, 1998). Memorial Tablet awarded by the Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional of the Universiversidade Federal Fluminense, in commemoration of his 60  years (1999).

SPECIAL HONORS: Guest of the I Contemporary Music Festival in Moscow (1981). Concerts with his work commemorating 25 years of composer career (in the Modern Art Museum and Villa-Lobos Museum, both in Rio, 1987). Encomium vow for the Tacuchian’s music of the Best Record of Poetry of the Year, Manuel Bandeira, (Brazilian Society of Writers, 1988). Medal of Honorable Visitant from the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (1996). Title of Honorable Conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Santa Maria (Rio Grande do Sul, 1996). Carlos Gomes Laurel Prize Medal, conceded by the Academia de Letras e Música do Brasil /Brazil Literature and Music Academy (Brasília), “for the relevant services paid to social and cultural cause, in peace defense, and for the Brazilian development” (1996). Distinguished Member of the Community Music Bands Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro “for the relevant services paid” (1997). Broadcast by the Radio MEC of 14 programs of about 1 hour each, dedicated to the composer´s music (2005). Proposition of Congratulations “for your deeds as a citizen dedicated to the art diffusion” by the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Assembly, (2008). Honorable Composer of the 15th Piano Contest of the Conservatório Estadual de Música of Ituiutaba, MG, (2008). VII Guitar Young Talent Contest promoted by the Rio de Janeiro Guitar Association in “homage to Ricardo Tacuchian” (2009). Honorable member of the Rio de Janeiro Guitar Association. In 2011 he was appointed Consejero para la Creación Musical, del Centro de Estudios Brasileños de la Universidad de Salamanca.

            HIGHLIGT: Election, in 1981, to the  Academia Brasileira de Música, an honor society, founded in 1945 by Villa-Lobos and that assembles 40 of the most prominent personalities in the Brazilian music scene. The ABM is one of the most important and influent music societies in Brazil.