George Pehlivanian

Regular guest of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, George Pehlivanian gained international attention by becoming the first North American conductor in winning the prestigious international contest of Besançon. He studied piano and violin, becoming a disciple of Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel or Ferdinand Leitner. 

He has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Slovenksa Filharmonika and Principal Guest Conductor of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland- Pflaz, and also of the Opera in Cagliari, the Residentie Orkest of La Haya and the Wiener Kammerorchester. 

He has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, Philharmonia of London, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Česká Filharmonie, Filarmonica della Scala, Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR of Hamburg, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique of Monte-Carlo, BBC Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphonic orchestras of Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati, Houston, among many others. He has collaborated with prestigious artists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Vadim Repim, Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell, Misha Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Arcadi Volodos, Emmanuel Ax, etc.

Regular Opera Conductor, he has performed titles such as La traviata, Tosca, La voix humaine de Poulenc, Otello, Cavalleria rusticana, Gianni Schicchi, La damnation de Faust, La dame de pique, Andrea Chénier, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ernani, Jenufa, Boris Godunov, etc. He has conducted at the most important Opera houses, such as the Kirov Theatre in San Petersburg, Ópera National of Bourdeaux, Cité de la Musique of Paris, Teatro San Carlo of Naples, New Israeli Opera, Teatro Massimo di Palermo or the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, among others. 

His name appears on the posters of the most important festivals: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Noches Blancas of San Petersburg, Festival Bruckner of Linz, Verdi di Parma, Rávena, Aspen, Ravello, Ljubljana, Granada, etc. 

He has recorded CD’s for prestigious labels such as Virgin Classics, EMI, Chandoso or BMG, having received awards such as the special price of the Grammophon magazine. 

Since 2012 he is Professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP). 





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