Doctor of Arts, musicologist, Honored Worker of Art of RA, Leading Researcher at the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Sciences of RA and a Professor at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan. She is a member of the International Association of Byzantine Studies (AIEB), Verein zur Erforschung der Monodie (Austria) and Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes (Switzerland). Arevshatyan is the author of numerous articles and monographs on Armenian medieval music history, theory and aesthetics, on Komitas and the creative activity of Armenian contemporary composers. She authors 6 monographs: The Mashtots Book as a Monument of Armenian Medieval Music Culture (1991), Commentaries on Armenian Medieval Modes (2003), The Theory of Musical Modes in Medieval Armenia (2013), The Musicological Heritage of Grigor Gapasakalyan (2013), The Music Culture of Ani (2014) and Grigor Magistros as a Hymnographer and Aesthet (2015).
KOMITAS VARDAPET AS THE FOUNDER OF ARMENIAN MEDIEVAL MUSIC STUDIES
The articles on the historical-theoretical aspects of the Armenian church chant have an important place in Komitas’s multidimensional creative heritage. Even nowadays those studies have not lost their academic topicallity. In his articles Komitas referred to the formation and historical development of the Armenian chant, to the Armenian eight-mode system, to the chants of Manrusum, as well as to the description of the tetrachordal structure in Armenian music, to a number of remarkable sources of medieval manuscripts, etc. The issues related to deciphering the Armenian medieval khaz notation system were given a significant place in Komitas Vardapet’s research activity. Due to Komitas, a number of testimonies about the ancient and medieval Armenian music-aesthetical thought were put into scholarly circulation. By Publishing and analyzing them Komitas Vardapet presented the ancient layers of the Armenian music heritage to the European academic world. The theses and observations related to sacred music, which were reviewed in those articles, became the bases for founding the branch of Armenian medieval music studies. They became a reference point for the research of the scholars of coming generations.