“Zeal and fresh perspective.”
- KC Metropolis
Aram Demirjian is a 21st century American conductor, sought after for his dynamic performances, innovative programming concepts, and genre-crossing versatility. Possessing a distinctive ability to connect with a broad range of audiences, Demirjian strives to open gateways into the world of symphonic music for persons of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances through communication, education and community engagement.
Demirjian enjoys an active conducting schedule including frequent concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, for whom he also serves as a regular cover conductor. He has performed with the Detroit, Illinois, Indianapolis, Omaha, San Antonio, St. Louis symphonies, the Minnesota and Sarasota orchestras, Boise and Louisiana philharmonics, had international debuts with the Orquesta Sinfónico de Minería and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and served as a guest artist at the Tanglewood Music Center. His 2018-19 season features returns to Philadelphia and to the Kansas City Symphony, where he served as associate conductor, as well as concerts with Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and the Wichita and Portland symphonies.
Currently in his second season as Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Demirjian has led a resurgence of the orchestra’s popularity within the community and is already leaving his mark on the region’s musical culture. His diligent leadership and warm collaboration with the musicians has led to noteworthy artistic growth, and his charismatic rapport with audiences has spurred rapid increase in ticket sales. Demirjian has drawn praise for turning the KSO’s concerts into “the exhibition hall of living music” (Knox TN Today) with creative programming including partnerships with Appalachian Ballet, Knoxville Poet Laureate R.B. Morris, PROJECT Trio and American Modern Opera Company, plus repertoire ranging from Bach to Mahler to world premieres. In Demirjian’s brief time as music director, the KSO has made national headlines for its annual participation in the Big Ears Festival as well as its groundbreaking Music and Wellness Program. In August 2018, Demirjian, the KSO and Clarence Brown Theater will present a 17-performance run of Bernstein’s Candide, as part of the Bernstein Centenary.
Demirjian is nationally recognized for his commitment to exploring new concert formats. In 2017, the Knoxville Symphony was one of 21 orchestras selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive a Futures Fund Grant, which underwrites KSO UnStaged, a new series of multi-sensory, music-centric events taking place in unconventional venues (a craft brewery, an airplane hanger) co-curated with other creative institutions in the city. As Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, he was instrumental in creating Classics Uncorked, a weeknight series that enhances the concert hall experience with thematic programming, narration, visual effects, musical demonstrations and audience interaction. In April 2016, he partnered with the non-profit Arts in Prison to curate and host a Beethoven-themed performance, featuring musicians from the KCS, for inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility. As an educator, he has created and conducted education and family concerts for orchestras across the country that have reached over 50,000 young people annually.
Demirjian is the recipient of a 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and holds the 2011 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, where he was a three-time Conducting Fellow in the Aspen Conducting Academy. He has appeared in masterclasses with renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Easter Festival and Kurt Masur at Manhattan School of Music. Demirjian holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and government from Harvard University and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from New England Conservatory.
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