Born in Yerevan, Armenia, graduated from the Yerevan State Conservatory in 1994.
While in conservatory expressed interest in conducting and was coached by Professors Voskanian and Katanian completing conducting course in 1996.
A one-year course with Prof. Mousin at Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1997 much refined his conducting skills.
Because of his obvious talent, serious interest, and growing experience, he was appointed an Associate Conductor of the APO in 1995 and used to be the Resident Conductor of the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra. He has taken advantage of many opportunities to advance his experience since then.
Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Frank, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Strauss and other great composers have been performed at his concerts.
Since 1997 he has been the music director and conductor of the National Music Chamber Theater where he realized performances of V. Achemian’s “Kikos”, B. Britten’s “Golden Vanity”, C. Orff’s “Bernauer’s Daughter”.
In 1996 Karen Durgarian was the Music Director of “Britten and Armenia” Music Festival in Yerevan.
In 1997 he performed to highest public acclaim at “Aldeburgh Festival” (Great Britain).
In March 2001, Mr. Durgarian assumed position of the Principal Conductor of the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2001-2002 he made productions of the operas “Carmen” (Bizet), and “Norma” (Bellini).
The Norma’s latest performances took place at the Bolshoi Theater New Stage in Moscow in January 2003.
In September-October 2002 he gave five concerts with the symphony orchestra of Cagliary Lyric Theater (Italy). In January 2003 being the assisting conductor to Maestro G.Rojdestvensky he performed the opera “Oprichnik” by P. I. Tchaikovsky at the Cagliary Lyric Theatre.
Since March 2002 he is in the position of resident conductor of the Armenian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction the orchestra has done numerous recordings and performances.
Since 2000 he conducts major concerts with participation of Fairouz, the greatest singer of Arabic world. Under his baton Fairouz accompanied by Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra has performed works of one of the most popular Lebanese composer Ziad Rahbani at the Beiteddine Festival three editions (2000, 2001 and 2003). The CD “Fairouz Live at the Beiteddine 2000” produced by Ziad Rahbani with the EMI in 2001 gets the highest international acclaim.
The Beiteddine concerts were followed by performances with Fairouz in Dubai (UAE, 2001, 2002, 2003), Kuwait (2001), Basel (Switzerland, 2001), Paris (France, 2002).