News and Reviews

Aram named one of four finalists for Music Director of the Illinois Symphony:
“The search committee was extremely impressed with the level of candidates applying for our music director position with a diverse field representing five continents,” said [search committee chair Roger] Hunt. Read full announcement in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

“Magical” and “masterful” debut with the Knoxville Symphony (Knoxville News Sentinel:
“Demirjian’s masterful conducting of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A Major,” Op. 92 really set this concert far apart from a merely good evening of music. From beginning to end it was a display of conducting skills and orchestral response that separates truly accomplished conductors from the generally good ones.” Read more here.

Aram named one of six finalists for Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic:
“We’re thrilled about this group of six candidates,” said Stephen Wilson, the orchestra’s executive director. “We’re incredibly impressed with their achievements thus far in their careers and the potential they present to us as possible music directors.” Read full announcement and watch a candidate introduction video in the Fresno Bee.

Kansas City Symphony subscription debut ranked Top 10 in Kansas City by KC Metropolis:
“The Kansas City Symphony’s associate conductor Aram Demirjian’s debut was a steady crescendo of dynamics and drama.” Read more here.

Aram named one of six finalists for Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony:
Read the announcement in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Kansas City Symphony subscription debut, featuring pianist Joyce Yang, reviewed by the Kansas City Star:
“Associate conductor Aram Demirjian, who has been with the Symphony for three years leading family and pops concerts, made his classical series debut with boundless energy. He directed with a confident and expressive style…in this powerful performance.” Read more here.

Messiah performances with the Kansas City Symphony receive stellar review from KC Metropolis:
“Demirjian led the orchestra and choirs with great energy and artistry, taking daring risks with tempo and often reaping the rewards for it…Demirjian brings real zeal and youthful energy to his interpretation of this masterwork, and his fresh perspective manifested almost immediately. [His] leadership throughout the performance was impressive, guiding the musicians through the numerous movements with almost completely seamless transitions.” Read more here.

Performances at Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music enthusiastically received:
From the New York Times:
“Most memorable over the weekend was [Kate Soper's] “Helen Enfettered” (2009)…a surprisingly poignant reflection on Helen of Troy, using an ensemble of eight, conducted by Aram Demirjian, to create a soft, eerie sound world that rose to sudden rumbles and shudders.”

From Boston Classical Review:
“A beautiful setting of a mystifying text, Helen Enfettered moves organically through the material, and finds different ways to reflect the text’s message and sentiment through eight sections that form a weaving, gripping cycle. The entire ensemble played tightly, led with precision by Aram Demirjian.”

Aram promoted to Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony:
Read the KCUR report here.

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