Aram Demirjian, Guest Conductor

Aram Demirjian headshotGuest Conducting Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Aram Demirjian is a dynamic emerging leader on the American musical landscape. Known for his “zeal and fresh perspective” (KC Metropolis) and “confident and expressive style” (Kansas City Star), Demirjian bridges the musical traditions of the past with the cultural appetites of the present, forging a magnetic rapport with audience members of all ages and backgrounds and creating inspiring musical experiences in both familiar and progressive concert formats.

In his four years as Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony (KCS), Demirjian conducted over 200 performances in the acoustically superb Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Among his most substantial achievements, he was instrumental in designing and launching Classics Uncorked, a widely acclaimed series that presents weeknight classical concerts, enhancing the concert hall experience with thematic programming, narration, visual effects, musical demonstrations and audience interaction. These programs have garnered effusive praise for their fun, casual atmosphere and diverse repertoire selection, attracting thousands of first-time and long-time patrons and earning the recognition of such organizations as 21cm Magazine, which featured the series as its January 2016 “POP Pick,” and the New World Symphony’s New Audiences Initiative. A sincere believer in music’s capacity to empower, inspire and enrich, Demirjian’s education and community outreach activities have reached over 45,000 students and adult learners annually. Additional highlights of his time in Kansas City include conducting his subscription debut featuring Debussy’s La mer, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and the wildly popular Screenland at the Symphony series, which combines full-length feature films with a live soundtrack from the orchestra.

Demirjian’s 2016/17 season includes multiple return engagements with the Louisiana Philharmonic, debuts with the Corpus Christi Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and Illinois Symphony, and his European debut on the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra’s Dominicales series, which features rising conductors of the next generation. Recent highlights include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Auburn, Knoxville, Memphis and Omaha symphonies and performances at the Tanglewood Music Center. Demirjian also is a frequent cover conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Featured Musician

Leonardo Ottoni – Violin

Leonardo OttoniLeonardo began his violin studies with Sibila Schelin, studying later with Cecilia Guida and Ayrton Pinto. He participated in masterclasses with Leon Spier and Lorenz Nasturica (Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester), Lavard Skou-Larsen (Universitat Mozarteum, Austria), Renata Kubala (Symfoniorkester Trondheim, Norway) and Gerardo Ribeiro (Northwestern University, Chicago).

He was a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) from 2003 to 2005 and principal second violin during the first season, touring around nine countries in North, Central and Southern America. Leonardo has also been a member of the São Paulo University (USP) Chamber Orchestra (concertmaster), São Paulo University State University (UNESP) Chamber Orchestra and Experimental Repertoire Orchestra, also attending the “Festival Internacional de Campos do Jordão” (International Festival of Campos do Jordão) in 1999, 2000 and 2005. In those orchestras, he worked under the baton of Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel among others.

In 2008 he accomplished his Master degree with full scholarship at the Boston Conservatory in Irina Muresanu ́s studio and performed as soloist with the Conservatory Orchestra on two occasions, presenting the Violin Concerto by Brahms and the Triple Concerto by Beethoven. While in America, he was selected as a member of the Honors Quartet at The Boston Conservatory, a group that won second prize in the International Chamber Music Competition of the Chamber Music Foundation of the New England. Yet, during this period, he studied with Mela Tenenbaum in New York.

After graduating, back in Brazil, he was a member of Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra until 2015, founder and manager of Camerata Pampulha Chamber Group and member of the Othello Quartet . He is currently taking his doctorate degree at UNC – Greensboro with Fabian Lopez.

To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony performs 6-8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other arts agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as a military appreciation concert held over Memorial Day Weekend in collaboration with The Army Ground Forces Band of Ft. Bragg. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Summer Music Camps.

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