Dr. Tigran Arakelyan, Music Director Joined: April 2014
Tigran Arakelyan is the Music Director of the Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra.He has expanded the group from one small youth orchestra to two orchestras and a new home at the PAEC. During his tenure Dr. Arakelyan and the FWYSO have traveled to Korea three times. Alongside his position with the FWYSO, he is the Assistant Conductor of the California Philharmonic Orchestra and the Music Director of Northwest Mahler Festival and the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra and the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras. He recently made his Walt Disney Concert Hall conducting debut and has played alongside Sir James Galway during his induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Arakelyan is a prize winner in The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming and at the Global Music Awards. Previously, he held assistant/associate conductor positions with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, Northridge Youth Philharmonic and the Rainier Symphony. Arakelyan's recent conducting engagements were with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Pops Orchestra, Sungji Youth Symphony (S. Korea), Gujwa Youth Orchestra (S. Korea), Centum Youth Orchestra (S. Korea), Juneau Symphony, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Inverted Space Ensemble, LARK Orchestra (CA), and innovative collaborations with the Olympic Performance Group, Evergreen Choir, and Olympic Girls' Choir. He is the founder of the Port Townsend Chamber Orchestra, Bainbridge Island String Orchestra Festival and the PTSO Young Artist Competition. He led the Port Townsend Symphony to unprecedented financial and audience growth in the first two years of his tenure.
Arakelyan was the Founder Conductor/Artistic Director of Cadence Chamber Orchestra (WA) and the Music Director of Whidbey Island Orchestra (WA), University of Washington Campus Philharmonia, UW Summer Orchestra, Bremerton Youth Symphony and Echo Youth Orchestra at the Lark Musical Society (CA). He has been instrumental in initiating innovative collaborations with composers, soloists, visual artists, dancers, and choirs. Arakelyan helped in creating youth scholarship programs, festivals, young composer competitions and led orchestral performances at unconventional venues.
He conducted the Pacific Northwest premiere of Paul Hindemith Kammermuzik Nr. 1. Arakelyan has also conducted the Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra, University of California Los Angeles Philharmonia, Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts, Korean Music Association Choir (WA), Inverted Space Modern Ensemble, U.W. Symphony, California State University Northridge Symphony, CSU Northridge Discovery Players, and the Nimbus Ensemble (CA). He premiered works by Keith Jarrett, James Cohn, Iosif Andriasov, Eleanor Aversa, Michael Austin Miller, Yiğit Kolat, Jeff Bowen, Jon Brenner, Arshak Andriasov, and Felipe Rossi.
Arakelyan is a three time recipient of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Performing Arts Fellowship, Edward Hosharian Award, and the Armenian Allied Arts Competition (1st place), among others. He participated in the Conductors Guild Workshop, Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, Idyllwild Music Festival, Dilijan Chamber Music Series, Seasons Festival Academy, and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Arakelyan conducted in masterclasses with notable conductors David Loebel, Frank Battisti, Donald Thulean, Ennio Nicotra, David Effron, Neal Stulberg and Michael Jinbo.
Arakelyan earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Washington. His primary conducting studies are with Ludovic Morlot, David Alexander Rahbee, Victor Vener and flute studies with John Barcellona, Paul Taub, and Laura Osborn. Arakelyan played in flute masterclasses with Stephen Preston and Shigenori Kudo. In his youth he played in the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of conducting, he is the founder and host of Off the Podium Music Podcast where his guests are renowned musicians and artists. www.TigranArakelyan.com