Aram Gharabekian, according to Boston Globe critic Richard Dyer, "knows how to inspire an orchestra to give him what he wants." Currently the Music Director of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Mr. Gharabekian led his ensemble on its American debut tour to critical acclaim in October 1999. They issued their first compact disc of Armenian works in 1998, which includes a world premiere recording of a commissioned work recorded in the ambiance of the historic 4th century Geghard Monastery in Armenia. During 2001 they will tour the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon and will make a return visit to the United States in November.
During his eight years as Music Director and Conductor of the Boston SinfoNova Orchestra, Aram Gharabekian won national recognition and praise for his innovative and enterprising programming, as well as his critically acclaimed performances in major American venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Boston's Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall.
Mr. Gharabekian has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic and appeared with the Sinfonietta Munchen in Germany and Italy. He has also led the Ukrainian National Symphony, Ukrainian Radio & Television Symphony in Kiev, the West Ukrainian Philharmonic in Lvov, the Armenian Philharmonic in Yerevan, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana and the Fresno Philharmonic in California. On the eve of the Year 2000, Mr. Gharabekian led an orchestra and chorus of 300 musicians from 6 countries performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony in a televised millennium celebration concert in Hangzhou, China.
The recipient of the 1989 Lucien Wulsin Performance Award for the best concert performance aired on America's National Public Radio, Mr. Gharabekian was also awarded the 1988 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Adventuresome Programming. He was twice honored by the Harvard Musical Association's "Best Performance Award" and his performances have been singled out as "Best of 1985, 1989, 1990, and 1991" by the Boston Globe.
Born to Armenian parents in 1955, Aram Gharabekian moved to the United States at a very young age where he continued his studies in composition and piano. He graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston with a Master's degree in Composition and continued his postgraduate studies in Musical Phenomenology at Mainz University in Germany. He studied conducting with Franco Ferrara in Italy, and in 1979 became one of a few conducting pupils of the legendary Sergiu Celibidache in Germany. He was also granted a fellowship to study composition and conducting under Jacob Druckman and Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts.
His recording of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet with the Ukrainian Radio and Television Symphony was released in 1996 on the Russian Disc's "Audiophile Series." His concert recordings have been broadcast regularly on American National Public Radio as well as on the Ukrainian, Croatian, and Armenian Radio and Television, Boston's WBZ-Television, WBUR, WGBH and WCRB FM stations, WNYC FM in New York, the Voice of America in Washington, and Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich.