George Pehlivanian

George Pehlivanian

Born 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.

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