Peter Oundjian
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Peter Oundjian

Biography

Peter Oundjian (born 21 December 1955, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian violinist and conductor. The youngest of five children from an Armenian father and English mother, Oundjian also claims Scottish ancestry through his maternal grandfather, a Sanderson, and the ...

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Biography

Peter Oundjian (born 21 December 1955, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian violinist and conductor. The youngest of five children from an Armenian father and English mother, Oundjian also claims Scottish ancestry through his maternal grandfather, a Sanderson, and the MacDonell of Glengarry clan. Oundjian is the current music director of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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Olivier Messiaen
Theme and Variations for violin and piano
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Theme and Variations for violin and piano
Maurice Dela, Peter Oundjian & William Tritt
Sonatine
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Sonatine
Claude Debussy
Sonata for violin and piano in G minor
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Sonata for violin and piano in G minor
Claude Champagne
Danse villageoise for violin and piano
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Danse villageoise for violin and piano
George Gershwin
Concerto for Piano in F Major, last movement
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Concerto for Piano in F Major, last movement
John Adams
Short Ride in a Fast Machine (feat. Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Peter Oundjian)
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Short Ride in a Fast Machine (feat. Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Peter Oundjian)
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Past BBC Events

Prom 27: Naresh Sohal, Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky Proms 2013
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Royal Albert Hall
2013-08-02T21:34:38
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Prom 27: Naresh Sohal, Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky Proms 2013

Prom 27: Naresh Sohal, Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky Proms 2013

2 August 2013


Peter Oundjian Biography

Peter Oundjian (born 21 December 1955, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian violinist and conductor. The youngest of five children from an Armenian father and English mother, Oundjian also claims Scottish ancestry through his maternal grandfather, a Sanderson, and the MacDonell of Glengarry clan. Oundjian is the current music director of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Oundjian was educated in England, where he began studying the violin at age seven with Manoug Parikian. He attended Charterhouse School in Godalming. He continued studies later with Béla Katona. He then attended the Royal College of Music. He further studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Itzhak Perlman, and Dorothy DeLay. While at Juilliard, he minored in conducting, and later received encouragement in his endeavors when he attended a master class from the eminent Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan.

In 1980, Oundjian won First Prize at the International Violin Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile. Oundjian became the first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet and held the post for 14 years. A repetitive stress injury forced Oundjian to curtail his instrumental career. He then shifted his full-time musical focus to conducting.

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