George Pehlivanian

GPehlBorn in Beirut, Maestro George Pehlivanian’s path in music began with piano and violin lessons at the age of three and six respectively. In 1975, he emigrated to Los Angeles with his family and went on to study conducting with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel and Ferdinand Leitner. He spent two summers at the Academia Chigiana in Siena where he was awarded the Diploma di Merito.  In 1991 he was awarded the Grand Prize at the Besançon Conducting Competition, the first American ever to receive this award.

Since then Maestro Pehlivanian has conducted at many of the leading opera companies of both Europe and the United States, including performances of CARMEN for Long Beach Opera, California, JENUFA for Israeli Opera, LA TRAVIATA at the Mariinsky, St. Petersburg, TOSCA at Grand Theatre, Bordeaux, the Dutch premiere of RIDERS TO THE SEA in Rotterdam, LA VOIX HUMAINE and JEANNE D’ARC AU BUCHER at Cite de la Musique, Paris, EVGENY ONEGIN at Teatro Verdi, Trieste, OTELLO, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and GIANNI SCHICCHI at Teatro San Carlo, Napoli, PIQUE DAME and ANDREA CHENIER at the Teatro Lirico, Cagliari, LE DAMNATION DE FAUST at Teatro San Carlo, Napoli and Teatro Regio, Parma, the world premiere of LE JOUR DES MEURTRES by Pierre Thilloy for l’Opéra-Théâtre de Metz and BORIS GODUNOV for Teatro Massimo, Palermo.

On the concert-platform he has led many of the world’s leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo,  Nationaal Orkest van België,  Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma,  Saarländisches Staatsorchester, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI Torino, the BBC Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, the Norddeutsche, Hessische and Südwetsdeutsche Runfunk Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Radio Television de España, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra among others. In North America he has conducted the Montreal, Baltimore, Houston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Vancouver and Toronto symphony orchestras. He has also worked with the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Kirov Opera Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Japan Virtuoso Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, NDR Hamburg and the Qatar Phiharmonic Orchestras.  In Winter of 2017 Maestro Pehlivanian made history as the first conductor of Armenian descent to conduct a Turkish orchestra, leading performances with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Ankara.

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