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Karen Durgarian (Conductor)

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Karen Durgaryan is presently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Opera House in Novosibirsk, Russia. For 15 years, between 2001 and 2015, he has been the Principal Conductor of the Armenian National State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Karen graduated from the Yerevan State Conservatory in 1996 and has studied with Prof. Mousin at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1997. In 1995 he was appointed an Associate Conductor of the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra and the following year has been the Music Director of “Britten and Armenia” International Music Festival in Yerevan.

Karen Durgaryan regularly conducts the best opera houses in Russia: between 2008 and 2010 he has been a guest of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and on tour, then has started a collaboration with the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg: by the invitation of maestro Valery Gergiev he has conducted the new production of “Spartacus” Ballet which he still regularly conducts both in St. Petersburg and on tour. 

He was invited again for the White Nights Festival 2013, celebrating the opening of the new Mariinsky Two and the 60th birthday of Maestro Valery Gergiev. He also regularly appears at the Kazan State Opera and Ballet Theatre both in Kazan and on tour.

His international conducting activity has a special focus in Italy, where he has conducted the Teatro Lirico, Cagliari, the Teatro Regio Torino, the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, a new production of “Evgeni Onegin” by P.I.Tchaikovsky at the Teatro Verdi, Sassari in addition to concerts with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and with the “Luigi Cherubini” Orchestra and the Toradze Piano Studio’s soloists, including its internationally famous leader at the Ravenna Festival. He also appeared regularly with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo.

Karen Durgaryan has also conducted at the Leipzig Opera, at the Opéra National de Lyon and in December 2016 he will make his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper conducting a new production of Spartak by Aram Khachaturian. The same production will be also presented with him by the Royal Ballet of Wallonia in January 2017.

Since 2000 Karen Durgaryan has conducted major performances of Lebanese diva Fairuz, the greatest singer of Arabic world at numerous festivals and concert halls around the world. The CD “Fairuz Live at the Beiteddine 2000” produced by Ziad Rahbani with the EMI got the highest international acclaim. In 2008 he also appeared with Ziad Rahbani accompanied by international symphony orchestra and choir in Syria with five concerts within the frames of the Damascus Festival of Arab Cultural Capital 2008.

Karen Durgaryan holds the title of Honored Artist of Republic of Armenia and in 2010 was awarded with the highest medal of Armenia in the field of art and culture.

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