Recently named Conductor Emeritus of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian has been hailed as a masterful and dynamic presence in the conducting world. Oundjian has developed a multi-faceted portfolio as a conductor, violinist, professor and artistic advisor. He has been celebrated for his musicality, an eye towards collaboration, innovative programming and an engaging personality.
Oundjian’s 14-year tenure as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been marked by a reimagining of the TSO’s programming, international stature, audience development, touring and a number of outstanding recordings. During this time he also lead the TSO in annual performances at the National Arts Centre. Oundjian and the TSO’s recording of Vaughan Williams’ orchestral works won a JUNO Award for Best Classical Album: Large Ensemble in 2019.
From 2012–18, Oundjian served as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In January 2019, he transitioned from Artistic Advisor to Music Director for the Colorado Music Festival. This evening’s concert is his first time conducting the NAC Orchestra in over 20 years.
Peter Oundjian has been a visiting professor at Yale University’s School of Music since 1981, and in 2013 he was awarded the school’s Sanford Medal for Distinguished Service to Music.