News and Reviews

NEWS:
July 2018: Aram Demirjian to debut with Houston Symphony in July on All Beethoven program

June 2018: Aram Demirjian selected by Sir Andrew Davis for Solti Foundation US residency with Lyric Opera of Chicago

April 2018: KSO UnStaged spreads its wings at Cirrus Aircraft hanger

March 2017: Knoxville Symphony Big Ears performance cited in Rolling Stone:
“The Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee provides a listening experience unlike any other in America. At the 2017 edition, Norwegian drone musician Deathprod blasted deafening noise inside a 1920s theater listed in the National Register of Historic Places, while the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra played Bach on the floor of a rock club.”

February 2018: Kansas City Symphony announces 2018-19 season; Aram Demirjian returns to conduct Handel’s Messiah

February 2018: Knoxville Symphony announces 2018-19 Masterworks and Chamber Orchestra season
Line-up includes world class soloists including Joyce Yang, Tessa Lark and Jason Vieaux; Beethoven’s Ninth and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony; collaborations with Appalachian Ballet and Knoxville Choral Society.

January 2018: Aram Demirjian returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra twice in 2018-19 season

November 2017: KSO UnStaged debuts with collaboration with Knox Brew Tours

October 2017: Knoxville Symphony and Clarence Brown Theater receive major grant for Candide Collaboration

May 2017: Knoxville Symphony received prestigious Futures Fund Grant from League of American Orchestras

June 2016: Knoxville Symphony selects Aram Demirjian as 8th Music Director (Knoxville News Sentinel)

REVIEWS:
May 2018: Aram Demirjian’s Sarasota Orchestra debut “outstanding” with “graceful and energetic direction” (Sarasota Herald Tribune):
“Under the graceful and energetic direction of guest conductor Aram Demirjian, the Sarasota Orchestra presented an outstanding program Saturday evening, a demanding concert that encompassed several centuries and many styles, from 18th century courtly music to a big band score from today.”

March 2018: KSO Goes Bach to Mozart with a Freshness and Sparkle (Arts Knoxville)
“This was certainly no ho-hum, standard reading of Mozart, but rather one that gave the work energy and sparkle that kept the listener’s ear and brain working.”

January 2018: KSO is ‘hall of the living’
“”During the selection of the new music director for the Knoxville Symphony, the KSO selection committee chose young conductor Aram Demirjian and charged him with shaking things up and making the KSO’s concerts the exhibition hall of living music.”

They got what they paid for in one huge installment at Thursday night’s KSO masterworks concert at the Tennessee Theatre.”

November 2016: Aram Demirjian and Knoxville Symphony present “quietly euphoric” Appalachian Spring Suite (Knoxville Mercury)

January 2016: “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.”

December 2015: 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.”

January 2015: Aram Demirjian makes Kansas City Symphony subscription debut with “powerful performance”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.”

December 2014: 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.”

July 2014: 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.”

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