- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (conductor) 2016
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (violin) 2015
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Piano) 2014
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Cello) 2013
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Violin) 2012
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Piano/Composition) 2011
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Cello/Violin) 2010
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Violin) 2008
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Piano) 2007
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Cello) 2006
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Violin) 2005
- Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Piano) 2003
“Constantine Orbelian stands astride two great societies, and finds and promotes synergistic harmony from the best of each.”
For over 25 years the brilliant American pianist/conductor has been a central figure in Russia’s musical life - as Music Director of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia of Russia, and as frequent guest conductor with other illustrious Russian orchestras. He tours with American stars in Russian music centers, and Russian stars in North American music centers, and extends these splendid collaborations to tours in Europe, UK, Japan, Korea, and other music capitals throughout the world.
Orbelian’s appointment in 1991 as Music Director of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra was a breakthrough event: he is the first American ever to become music director of an ensemble in Russia. This “American in Moscow” is well known as a tireless champion of Russian-American cultural exchange and international ambassadorship through his worldwide tours. In January 2004, Orbelian was awarded the coveted title “Honored Artist of Russia,” a title never before bestowed on a non-Russian citizen.
“Orbelian has star quality, and his orchestra plays with passion and precision,” - The Audio Critic wrote of his acclaimed series of over 30 recordings on Delos. Among his concert and televised appearances are collaborations with stars Ewa Podles, Sondra Radwanovsky, Lawrence Brownlee, Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and with Van Cliburn in Cliburn\'s sentimental return to Moscow. Opera News calls Orbelian “the singer’s dream collaborator” and commented that he conducts vocal repertoire “with the sensitivity of a lieder pianist.” Orbelian’s frequent collaborations with Hvorostovsky include repertoire from their Delos recordings “Where Are You, My Brothers?” and “Moscow Nights” featured on many tours and telecasts, including historic live telecasts from Moscow’s Red Square, and also appearances in Hvorostovsky’s annual series of concerts “Hvorostovsky and friends” in Moscow and St.Petersburg. He was also the conductor of another historic Red Square performance of two world opera starts – Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko – in June 2013.
Orbelian’s first film production, \"Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky: An Odyssey in St. Petersburg,\" was filmed in St. Petersburg\'s most glorious palaces, and stars Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in opera scenes and arias. The film is in some ways a culmination of Orbelian\'s efforts in St. Petersburg, since he is founder and Music Director of the annual Palaces of St. Petersburg International Music Festival.
Born in San Francisco to Russian and Armenian emigré parents, Constantine Orbelian made his debut as a piano prodigy with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 11. After graduating from Juilliard in New York, he embarked on a career as a piano virtuoso that included appearances with major symphony orchestras throughout the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Russia. His recording of the Khachaturian piano concerto with conductor Neeme Järvi won “Best Concerto Recording of the Year” award in the United Kingdom.
In 2014 the recording of Rossini’s virtuoso arias performed by the American tenor Lawrence Brownlee with the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania) under Constantine Orbelian was nominated for Grammy award. It was a remarkable event both for the conductor and the orchestra which he had led since 2013.
In 2001 Orbelian was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award given to immigrants, or children of immigrants, who have made outstanding contributions to the United States. In 2012 he was awarded the Order of Friendship by Russia in recognition of his contribution to promoting Russian culture in and outside the country, and in 2015 – the Order of Friendship by Republic of Armenia.
In June 2016 Constantine Orbelian was appointed music director of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Armenia.
Thomas Yaksic Beckdorf is a lawyer with studies in lyrical singing and piano who has focused his professional career on the programming and production of opera, concerts, and piano recitals. As Artistic Administrator and Casting Director at Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo he is in charge of selecting the singers and artists to put together the program for the opera and concert seasons, as well as creating long-term strategies to consolidate the position of the theatre in the global cultural circuit, with a special focus on the development of new audiences. In Chile he worked for five years as Artistic Administrator and General Producer of the Great Pianist Series at Teatro Municipal de Santiago. He was the driving force in the renewal of the piano season by featuring the best performers and repertoire from all over the world, and widening its appeal to reach a broader audience.
Thomas is constantly searching for attractive ways to bring classical music closer to a younger public. He created successful educational programs and contributed to the creation of a new generation of musical talent in Chile by helping to create opportunities for students to continue their studies abroad. In 2014 he was awarded the Young Leaders Prize by Adolfo Ibáñez University and El Mercurio newspaper. In 2015 he was a jury member at Krainev International Piano Competition in Moscow, and was invited to give a talk at Guangzhou Opera House on “Creativity and Programming Identity in Theaters and Cultural Centers.” Thomas has also consulted independently for artists and cultural institutions.
Yuri Davtyan, the People’s Artist of RA, is one of the brightest representatives of the Armenian conducting school, who has been leading numerous orchestras both in Armenia and abroad for many years. Since 1953 Yuri Davtyan has been working as a conductor at Yerevan Al. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre, from 1980 to 2000 he served as the principal conductor of the same theatre. From 1964 to 1966 Yuri Davtyan was the principal conductor of Saratov Opera Theatre. From 1966 to 1970 and from 1992 to 1994 Mr. Davtyan headed the Symphony Orchestra of TV and radio state committee of RA. Since 1979 he has been a tutor at Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. Mr. Davtyan is the principal conductor of the Yerevan Paronyan State Theatre of Musical Comedy.
Born in Cambridge and educated at Kings College, University of London and the Guildhall School of Music.
Senior Board member of the Artist management company Askonas Holt, and personal manager of among others Angela Gheorghiu, Elina Garanca, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Tugan Sokhiev, Yundi Li and Sergey Khachatryan.
Askonas Holt is one of the world’s leading arts management agencies. Based in central London, the company represents an unrivalled Roster of vocal, instrumental and conducting talent, as well as managing tours for many outstanding orchestras and dance companies.
For more than 25 years has had very close collaboration with artists from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Republics of Armenia and Georgia.
Vag Papian is the laureate of the Vianna da Motta International Competition (1979). Papian is a graduate of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky (prof. M.Voskresensky, piano) and Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov (Prof. I.Musin, conducting) conservatories.
Papian’s soloist career began in 1980. In 1984 he made a conductor debut. The same year he was invited to serve as the Associate Conductor of the APO. From 1987 to 1989 Papian was appointed as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the same orchestra. In 1991 Papian headed the Beer Sheva Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a guest conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
The wide geography of the musician’s performances covers 49 countries. He has performed in such famous halls as Musikverein, Tonhalle, Barbican Center, Santory Hall, Great Hall of the Conservatory etc. Papian conducted such orchestras as Israel Philharmonic, English Chamber, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian State, Slovak Radio Orchestras etc.
From 2008 to 2013 Papian performed as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Orchestra of Kazakhstan, currently he heads the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra.
V.Papian has collaborated with V.Gergiev, A.Korsakov, O.Kagan, D.Hvorostovsky, M.Pletnev, V.Tretyakov and others, permanently performs in an ensemble with the violinist M.Vengerov.
For over years V.Papian has been teaching at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at the University of Tel Aviv.
David was appointed Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra in November 1987, and this year celebrates 28 years in this role, as well as being the longest serving Chief Executive of a symphony orchestra in the UK and Europe.
During his tenure at the Philharmonia, the Orchestra has established long-term relationships with the world’s foremost conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the late Sir Charles Mackerras, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch. Yevgeny Svetlanov and Kurt Sanderling. David was responsible for bringing Christoph von Dohnányi as Principal Conductor in 1996 and Esa-Pekka Salonen as his successor in 2008.
In the course of 28 years in this role, David has presented over 4,000 concerts, as well as making numerous recordings, many of which went on to receive awards, and under his leadership, the Philharmonia has enjoyed a unique position at the heart of British and European musical life. He initiated and developed an extensive UK touring programme, taking the world’s finest conductors and soloists to the four corners of the Kingdom. At the heart of these programmes are orchestral residencies in Bedford, Leicester, Canterbury, Basingstoke, and the Three Choirs Festival. During this time, the Philharmonia pioneered the concept of multi-disciplinary festivals which travelled the world.
Notable other concert series include complete symphonic cycles devoted to Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams (including Pilgrim’s Progress) and William Walton (including Troilus and Cressida) - the last two conducted by the late Richard Hickox. In 1994, NikolausHarnoncourt conducted an historic Beethoven cycle (RPS Award). The Philharmonia celebrated the Mahler centenary in 2011 with the largest cycle of concerts in Europe devoted to his work, conducted by the late Lorin Maazel.
David Whelton is married with one son. In his spare time, David enjoys playing the piano, gardening, architecture, and historical research.
Michalis Economou is one of the most promising conductors and composers of his generation, a significant figure of the Greek musical scene. He is former Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Athens Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Chairman of the Music Department at AthensTechnicalUniversity. He has also signed an exclusive contract for the annual Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition winner’s gala in various countries. A regular conductor of all major Greek orchestras he has also worked with many other symphony orchestras and ensembles in Europe, the United States and Asia.
As a composer, he is the winner of eleven national and international competitions, including the ALEA III International Composition Competition and the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Composition Competition. His works have been performed all over the world and he has been commissioned to compose music for Carnegie Hall and among other venues for the Athens Megaron Concert Hall.
Born in Greece in 1973, he studied musicology at AthensUniversity as well as violin, theory, and composition at the National Conservatory of Athens. He received five scholarships when he moved to Boston in 1997, where he studied orchestral conducting and composition with Lukas Foss, Theodore Antoniou and David Hoose at Boston University. In 1999 he earned his “Master of Music” degree in Conducting and in 2001 he received his “Doctor of Musical Arts” in Composition. His conducting mentors also include the highly acclaimed international figures Jorma Panula and Gianluigi Gelmetti.
Maestro Economou won the Music Directorship at the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 for the maximum possible term (limited by local regulations) with the full support of the orchestra following a secret vote of the musicians. He conducted the orchestra in the United Nations General Assembly in New York, as well as at the 20th World Petroleum Congress. During his tenure, the orchestra presented more than a dozen world premieres.
Since 2012 Michalis Economou is represented internationally by IMG Artists.