Born to a family of musicians in Tiflis, Georgia, in 1915, Rouben’s family moved to Iran a year later, and settled in Tabriz. The son of a prominent musician, Levon Gregorian, he played an instrumental role in the musical artistic scene in Iran and then in Greater Boston. The institutions of learning attended include the Tehran Conservatory (1938-45), and Paris Conservatory (1952-54). He was also Music Director and Conductor, Tehran Symphony Orchestra (1948-51), and head, music section of the Iranian National Committee of UNESCO (1948-51).
Settling in the United State, Gregorian launched an impressive and rich musical career. He was the founder of the Komitas String Quartet, Komitas Choral Society, music director of New England Symphony Orchestra and Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Boston Women‘s Symphony; guest conductor at Boston Esplanade Concert, Boston Pops Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Yerevan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tehran Symphony and National Iranian TV Orchestra, New Chamber Orchestra (London), Chamber Players, and Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Gregorian joined the music faculty of the Boston Conservatory of Music soon after his arrival to the United States where for twenty-seven years he taught violin, coached chamber music, and conducted both the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
His works include Iranian Folklore, 2 vols., Church Hymns, 2 vols; recordings include Oratorio de Noel; Sharakans, and Armenian folk-songs, Tatragome's Brider, Symphony No. 1, Three Orchestral Suites, Concerto for Horn, Armenian Heroic Ballads, Caprice for Violin, Scherzo for Piano, numerous solo and choral compositions, and many arrangements of Armenian folk songs. . Gregorian is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations.
The collection is comprised of his scrapbooks, books, correspondences, photographs, records, casette tape collections, recordings, and personal memorabilia.