A dynamic presence in the conducting world, Peter Oundjian is renowned for his vibrant collaborative spirit and engaging musicality. His musical career spans five decades, beginning as a solo violinist and first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet, followed by an international conducting career leading preeminent orchestras in many of the world’s major musical centers.
He is currently Principal Conductor of the Colorado Symphony in addition to his role as Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival, where he has continued to program and conduct concerts that delight audiences with beloved masterpieces alongside music written by living composers. Over the course of his 14-year tenure as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, which concluded in 2018, he reinvigorated the orchestra with acclaimed innovative programming, artistic collaborations, extensive audience growth, national and international tours and several outstanding recordings, including Vaughan Williams’ Orchestral Works, which garnered a Grammy nomination and a Juno award. Under his leadership, the Symphony underwent a transformation that significantly strengthened its presence in the world.
From 2012-2018, Oundjian served as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, where he led the RSNO on several international tours, including North America, China, and a European festival tour with performances at the Bregenz Festival, the Dresden Festival as well as in Innsbruck, Bergamo, Ljubljana, and others. His final appearance with the orchestra as their Music Director was at the 2018 BBC Proms where he conducted Britten’s epic War Requiem.
Oundjian was Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and Artistic Director of the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York from 1997 to 2007. He was also the Music Director of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta from 1998-2002. Throughout his conducting career, Oundjian has appeared as guest conductor with the country’s leading orchestras, including Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and San Francisco Symphonies, among others.
After opening the 2023-2024 season in Denver, Oundjian will return to Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, and Sarasota. His season culminates with a Carnegie Hall concert in the spring with students from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Oundjian has been a visiting professor at Yale University’s School of Music since 1981.
Read Peter’s Blog Posts:
- Becoming a Boulderite
- Peter Oundjian discusses this season’s Beethoven theme
- The Nostalgia and Excitement of a Summer Music Festival
- My Life in the Tokyo String Quartet
- My Path to the Podium
- Final Resonance: Reflections on a Summer of Joy
- Growing Up With Beethoven
- Behind the Scenes of Beethoven Opus 131 (arr. Peter Oundjian)
Watch Interviews with Peter:
- Susan Witkin of Front Range Focus Interviews Peter Oundjian
- Music Director Peter Oundjian Interviews the Takács Quartet
- Beethoven for a Later Age: Peter Oundjian Interviews Edward Dusinberre
- Peter Oundjian: Updates on the 2021 Festival
- Music Director Peter Oundjian Interviews Principal Trombone Donna Parkes
- Peter Oundjian Interviews the Ivalas Quartet
- Interview with Composer Wang Jie