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  • Vahan Mardirossian, Conductor

    Vahan Mardirossian is the principal conductor of the Caen Symphony Orchestra as well as the Music Director of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia (NCOA).

    A recognized pianist since several years, Vahan Mardirossian has simultaneously managed to lead a successful career as a conductor.

    Aged 15 and displaying early abilities, he had already been appointed as principal conductor and music director of the Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Armenian cultural Center.

    An encounter with Kurt Masur was a turning point in Mardirossian' s professional life. Maestro invited him to join in New York his conducting seminar, where he was chosen to conduct the Manhattan School Orchestra on the Final Concert.

    In 2005, Mardirossian founded in France the chamber orchestra “Maestria” which performed in various locations throughout the country, including the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse.

    Mardirossian also performs on a regular basis as the conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of the Pays de Loire, the “Amalgames” orchestra (built upon the most talented musicians of the Strasbourg Philarmonic and of the SWR Baden-Baden–Freiburg Symphonic), the Czech Chamber Soloists, the Lebanese Philharmonic, the orchestras of Douai and Cannes, the Opera Orchestra of Toulon, the Chamber Orchestra of Novosibirsk…

    Vahan Mardirossian had the privilege of conducting many internationally renowned soloists such as A. Markov, L.Vogt, B. Engerer, X. Phillips, A.Chaushian, V. Postnikova, D. Kashimoto, S. Nakaryakov, G. Hofmann, R. Pidoux, A. Ghindin, I.Tchetuev, A.Wass, P.Leschenko, J-M. Phillips-Varjabedian, J. Rouvier, M. Coppey, R. Arodacky, N. Dautricourt, S. Bechy, G. Touvron, K-W.Paik, S.-M. Degand, E. Rozanova, R. Daugareil, A. Cazalet, among others …

    Mardirossian often combines both his passions by playing the piano solo in concertos while simultaneously conducting the orchestra from the keyboard (Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Shostakovich…). His wide repertoire includes music ranging from the Baroque period to our days (Tanguy, Saariaho, Rautavaara, Rihm, Dutilleux, Kagel, Crumb, Ligeti, Mulsant…)

    As conductor, Vahan Mardirossian recorded the violin concerto by Tchaikovsky (Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Caen Orchestra) and the Symphony n°1 for strings by Florentine Mulsant (NCOA). Scheduled for release in 2012 – 2013.

    In May 2013, at the Nanterre-Amandiers Theater, Vahan Mardirossian conducted the first performance in France of Anoush, the opera by Armen Tigranian.

    On May 2014 Vahan Mardirossian made his debuts with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.