Aram Demirjian, Associate Conductor
Aram Demirjian is rapidly emerging as one of the most promising young conductors in America. He is the most recent winner of the prestigious Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, where he has been invited for three consecutive years as a Conducting Fellow in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. In 2011, Mr. Demirjian was awarded Third Prize in the Memphis Symphony’s 1st International Conducting Competition.
Increasingly in demand as a guest conductor, Mr. Demirjian has appeared with the Memphis Symphony, Boston Pops, New England Conservatory Symphony, and Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble, performing the Silk Road commission, Night Music: Voices in the Leaves by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. In February 2012, Mr. Demirjian was invited by Kurt Masur to participate in the 7th annual Masur Conducting Seminar at Manhattan School of Music, where he was selected by Maestro Masur to conduct on the seminar's final concert.
Mr. Demirjian served for two years as music director of the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, a post held in the past by such accomplished musicians as Alan Gilbert, Hugh Wolff, John Adams and John Harbison. He is regularly engaged as a cover conductor, by orchestras including the Charlotte Symphony and Boston Pops, and he has also been a conducting apprentice of Harry Christophers and the Handel & Haydn Society. He is currently on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he conducts the String Repertory Orchestra.
Equally at ease in the opera pit as on the podium, Mr. Demirjian has served as music director, to critical acclaim, of Lowell House Opera, New England’s oldest opera company, conducting the company’s first production in its seventy-three-year history of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. While at Harvard, Mr. Demirjian spearheaded the performance of the Bach Society Orchestra’s first-ever concert opera, Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. He also has led the New England Concert Opera Players in Mozart’s Le Nozzedi Figaro, as part of a charitable venture in partnership with Partners in Health: Symphonic Relief for Haiti.
Mr. Demirjian is of full Armenian descent and is highly engaged in the Armenian arts community, having been a featured artist in the 59th Armenian Night at Pops and in multiple gala events for the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). He is a two-time recipient of the AGBU Performing Arts Scholarship. A native and lifetime resident of Boston, MA, Aram is a dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics and has sung the national anthem at Fenway Park. He is a devotee of the Aaron Sorkin drama, The West Wing.
Mr. Demirjian was one of only two conductors selected for the inaugural class of the Masters Orchestral Conducting program at New England Conservatory (M.M. ’11), where he studied with Hugh Wolff. He also holds a B.A., cum laude in Music and Government from Harvard University. His teachers and close mentors include Hugh Wolff, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Mei-Ann Chen, David Loebel, Murry Sidlin and David Halen.
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