Peter Oundjian

Conductor Emeritus

Peter Oundjian

A dynamic presence in the music world, Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian is renowned for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality. His association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra spans more than 30 years—from his début as violin soloist in 1981 and conductor in 1998, and his role as Music Director from 2004 to 2018.

During his tenure at the TSO, Oundjian invigorated the Orchestra with recordings, tours, and innovative programming, as well as extensive audience growth, thereby significantly strengthening the ensemble’s presence in the world. A champion of new music, he created the hugely successful New Creations Festival, which for 14 seasons (2005–2018) showcased new Canadian and international orchestral music. He further established the annual Mozart Festival, which also ran for 14 seasons. Highlights of the eight international tours on which he led the TSO include two sold-out appearances at Carnegie Hall, the first performance of a North American orchestra at Reykjavik’s Harpa Hall in 2014, and the Orchestra’s first-ever performances in Israel, followed by a residency at the Prague Spring International Music Festival, in 2017.

Since 2008, Oundjian and the TSO have released eight recordings under the self-produced label tsoLIVE, and the JUNO-nominated recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade on Chandos. On June 1, 2018, Chandos Records also released the TSO’s newest album of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. On this celebratory recording, Oundjian conducts an exquisite program, supported by an all-Canadian cast of star soloists.

Peter Oundjian was honoured with the title of Conductor Emeritus when he completed his tenure as Music Director of the TSO at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Current as of July 2018

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