Michael Avetissian

Conductor
Armenia

Graduated from the Composition Department of P.I. Tchaikovsky School of music in 1984. Up on graduating he continued his musical education at the Yerevan State Conservatory, where he earned an MM degree in 1989 from department of Opera-Symphony Conducting under instruction of Professor Hakob Voskanian.

Later in 1991 he finished his post-graduate studies under the guidance of Maestro Ohan Durian. From 1985 to 1990, he was improving his conducting skills with Professor Ilia Musin at St. Petersburg Conservatory.

In 1996 M. Avetissian participated in the 35th Kirill Kondrashin Conductors Masterclasses in Holland with Sir Edward Downes and Peter Eotvos. Mr. Avetissian thought conducting in Yerevan State Conservatory from 1991 to 1997.

From 1991 to 1997, Michael Avetissian was the conductor at the National Radio and Television Orchestra as well as the Orchestra of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. From 1994 to 1997 he was the principal conductor of the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra and from 1997 to 1998 he was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. M. Avetissian has successfully performed in USA, France, Holland, Greece, Spain, Russia, and Turkey. He has conducted number of European Orchestras and USSR Symphony Orchestra. His recordings with Moscow Symphony Orchestra were released in 1996 on the RCD.