Following an outstanding first two years, which has seen the Orchestra tour China, perform at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival and release two recordings under his leadership, Peter Oundjian’s third Season as RSNO Music Director sees the British-Canadian musician lead Scotland’s national orchestra in the penultimate programme before it celebrates its 125th year.
By inviting principals Katherine Bryan and Aleksei Kiseliov to perform as soloists for the opening concerts of the 2014:15 Season is demonstration of his confidence in the increasing artistic excellence of the ensemble. Further highlights in the current Season include Peter welcoming both familiar and new soloists, such as Nicola Benedetti, Steven Osborne, Robert McDuffie, Ray Chen, and for the Season Finale, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Sarah Connolly, Toby Spence and Alan Opie.
In addition to his post as Music Director with the RSNO, Peter Oundjian is also Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since the beginning of his Music Directorship with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2004, Oundjian has become an integral part of the rebirth of the TSO. He has created the annual Mozart Festival, as well as the hugely successful New Creations Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary orchestral music, as well as showcasing and premiering commissioned works. In 2008, he launched tsoLIVE with the orchestra, a self-produced label of the orchestra's live concert recordings. Oundjian has since released six recordings on the label, including Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 (June 2012), Vaughan Williams Symphony Nos. 4 & 5 (December 2011) and Holst's The Planets (March 2011). His previous positions include Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
A regular guest conductor, recent and future engagements include concerts with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the Orchestre de Paris and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Continuing his ongoing relationship with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Oundjian conducts the premiere of a new piece by Krystof Maratka in Paris, and takes them to Prague to open the Spring Festival. Previous and upcoming US highlights include concerts with the Detroit, Cincinnati, The Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and St Louis symphony orchestras. Further afield, he has travelled to Australia to conduct the Sydney Symphony and he will make his Japanese debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 2013.
Originally trained as a violinist, Toronto-born Peter Oundjian was educated in England, attending the Royal College of Music in London before studying at the Juilliard School in New York. He was the first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, a position he held for fourteen years. Peter Oundjian is in now in his 32nd year as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music. In May 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory.