Aram Demirjian, Associate Conductor
Aram Demirjian is flourishing as Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. Now in his third season with the orchestra, Demirjian has distinguished himself as a devoted and integral member of Kansas City arts community, building relationships with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, leading an astounding variety of concert offerings and supporting the work of Music Director Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony musicians.
Lauded for his “confident and expressive style” and “boundless energy” (Kansas City Star), Demirjian has appeared on every orchestral series in the Symphony’s 2014-15 season, highlighted by his debut on the Classical Series in January that featured pianist Joyce Yang performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. He conducts the Family and Pops Series, as well as the Kansas City Symphony’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and Independence Messiah Choir. He also scripts and conducts original education concerts for nearly 30,000 Kansas City-area grade school students annually. Demirjian believes passionately that music and the arts are an essential part of the education of all young people, and that music, in particular, supports and nurtures the skills for growth and success in all disciplines.
One of the hallmarks of his time with the Kansas City Symphony has been the establishment of two dynamic and fun concert series. Classics Uncorked offers a more casual take on the classics, complete with thematic programming, musical demonstrations, a free glass of wine and a chance to mingle with members of the Symphony. And the truly unique Screenland at the Symphony Series presents classic works of cinema with a live soundtrack provided by the orchestra.
Demirjian enjoys an increasingly busy guest conducting schedule, including concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Memphis Symphony, New England Conservatory Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center as well as forthcoming engagements with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Knoxville Symphony. He has been engaged as cover conductor by the Boston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Charlotte Symphony, and he also was a conducting apprentice of Harry Christophers with the Handel & Haydn Society. Demirjian holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in music and government from Harvard University, and a Master of Music from the Orchestral Conducting program at New England Conservatory.
Updated March 2, 2015.
Photo by David Bickley