George Pehlivanian

George Pehlivanian

French-American conductor, born in Beirut, into a musical family. George Pehlivanian’s path in music began with piano and violin lessons at the age of three and six respectively.  In 1975, Pehilvanian and his family emigrated to Los Angeles and went on to study conducting with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel and Ferdinand Leitner. He also spent two summers at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena where he was awarded the Diploma di Merito. In 1991 Maestro Pehlivanian was crowned unanimously by the International  Jury, with the Grand Prize of the Besançon International Conducting Competition. Till today, Pehlivanian remains the First and ONLY American to receive this honour in the long history of one of the most respected and prestigious competitions in the world of conducting for the past seven decades.

Since then he has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonia, Israel Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, NDR Hamburg,  Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, BBC Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, the Norddeutsche, Hessische and Südwetsdeutsche Runfunk Symphony Orchestras, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI Torino, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Radio Television de España, the Opera and Symphony Orchestras  of Valencia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra among many others.


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