Director of Academic and Institutional Development, Arpegio
Raised in Hamburg, Germany, Tatjana Merzyn is the Director of Academic and Institutional Development for Arpegio in Trujillo, Peru. Her passion for social change through music began when she first visited Peru in 2006 to work as a volunteer in Arpegio. She taught strings and conducted the Orquesta de Barro, an ensemble that unites children from different social backgrounds. Back in Germany, she launched a government-supported volunteer program with young German musicians to assist the Peruvian teachers. Furthermore, she initiated an intercultural orchestra exchange program with the Droste-Hülshoff-Sinfonieorchester. Now as Arpegio’s program director, she manages and trains the teaching artists and volunteers, and she is in charge of international relations and institutional development.
Tatjana earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education and History from University of the Arts Berlin and Humboldt University. She received national scholarships from “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes,” “Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst” and “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.” As a pianist, she was awarded first prize at Germany's nationwide “Jugend musiziert” competition. Tatjana served as principal violist in several German youth orchestras. Additionally, she performed as piano soloist and as conductor with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo in Peru.
Photo: Clara Yang