A dynamic presence in the conducting world, the Toronto-born Peter Oundjian is renowned for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality. His appointment as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2004 reinvigorated the Orchestra with numerous recordings, tours, and acclaimed innovative programming, all of which resulted in extensive audience growth, thereby significantly strengthening the ensemble’s presence in the world. He recently led the Orchestra on a tour of Europe, which included a sold-out performance at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the first performance by a North American orchestra at the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik. He was appointed Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2012. Under his baton, the Orchestra has enjoyed several successful tours, including one to China, and has continued its relationship with Chandos Records. In 2015, to great critical and audience acclaim, he and the Orchestra opened the Edinburgh International Festival with the innovative Harmonium Project.
Few conductors bring such musicianship and engagement to the world’s great podiums – from Berlin, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv to New York, Chicago, and Sydney. He has also appeared at some of the great annual gatherings of music and music lovers: from the BBC Proms and the Prague Spring Festival to the Edinburgh Festival and the Mozart Festival of The Philadelphia Orchestra, where he was Artistic Director from 2003 to 2005. Peter Oundjian was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and Artistic Director of the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York between 1997 and 2007. Since 1981, he has been a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music, awarded the Sanford Medal for distinguished service to music by Yale University in 2013.