Peter Oundjian

Music Director

Peter Oundjian

The TSO has launched a microsite celebrating Peter Oundjian’s tenure at the TSO. Visit bravopeter.ca to see several highlights from his 14 years on the podium.

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 (TSO) spans over 30 years, beginning with his début as violin soloist in 1981, then as conductor in 1998, and since 2004, as Music Director.

During his tenure at the TSO, Oundjian has 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, now in its 14th season of showcasing new Canadian and international orchestral music, as well as the annual Mozart Festival, also now in its 14th season. 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. 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.

A multifaceted musician (he was the first violinist of the celebrated Tokyo String Quartet from 1981 to 1995), Oundjian is also a dedicated teacher. Since 1981, he has been a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music, and was awarded the university’s Sanford Medal for distinguished service to music in 2013. As a conductor, he has appeared at some of the great annual musical gatherings—from the BBC Proms to the Edinburgh Festival and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mozart Festival where he was Artistic Director from 2003 to 2005.

Oundjian is also Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) since 2012. He was previously Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (2006–2010) and Artistic Director of New York’s Caramoor International Music Festival (1997–2007).

Current as of September 2017

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