Aram Demirjian, Associate Conductor
Aram Demirjian is flourishing as associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. Now in his fourth season, Demirjian has distinguished himself as a devoted and integral member of the Kansas City arts community, building relationships with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, conducting an astounding volume of diverse programs 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’s critically acclaimed Classical Series debut was recognized by KCMetropolis as a Top 10 Kansas City Arts Moment for the 2014-15 season. Demirjian exhibits extraordinary versatility on the podium, conducting every style of program the Symphony presents. During the past three seasons, he has helped lead the expansion of the Symphony’s concert offerings as the conductor of two dynamic series: Classics Uncorked, which offers a casual and innovative take on the concert experience, complete with narration, lighting, musical demonstrations and a free glass of wine; and Screenland at the Symphony, which features classic works of cinema with a live soundtrack provided by the orchestra. In the 2015-16 season, Demirjian will conduct Family, Pops and Christmas Festival concerts again, as well as make a second appearance conducting the Symphony’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah.
Demirjian is one of the principal architects of the Symphony’s Education Series. He scripts and conducts original Young People’s Concerts and KinderKonzerts, as well as Carnegie Hall Link-Up® programs. Together, these concerts bring more than 30,000 grade school students annually to Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. He also leads a yearly Support School Music concert and is active in the Symphony’s residency at University Academy. Demirjian believes passionately that music and the arts are essential parts of education for all young people, and that music, in particular, supports and nurtures the skills for growth and success in all disciplines.
Demirjian’s increasingly busy guest conducting schedule has included past performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, New England Conservatory Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center. He looks forward to forthcoming guest conducting dates with the Knoxville Symphony and Fresno Philharmonic, as well as re-engagements with the Louisiana Philharmonic. He has been engaged as cover conductor by the Boston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival, and he also was a conducting apprentice of Harry Christophers with the Handel & Haydn Society. Demirjian is an alumnus of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he received the distinguished Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in music and government from Harvard University, and a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from New England Conservatory.
Updated August 18, 2015.
Photo by David Bickley