Ruben Gazarian • Principal Conductor
With the beginning of the season 2002/2003 Ruben Gazarian (*1971 in Eriwan, Armenia) became the principal conductor of the “Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn”. He has been appointed to this position on the basis of unanimous recommendations by the orchestra and the appointment board. Gazarian succeeded to expand the standard repertoire in a remarkable way by enlargening to symphonic scale and choosing compositions of Romantic and Modern Era as well as avant-garde compositions. At the beginning of 2015, Ruben Gazarian will assume the additional position of Artistic Director of the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt. In the same manner, this appointment arose from the unanimous wish of the orchestra, its management and the cultural representatives of the city.
Ruben Gazarian was guest conductor of the the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR (West German Broadcast) Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt (Main), the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurter Museumsorchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Rishon Lezion (orchestra of the opera Tel Aviv), the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Jerusalem, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
Ruben Gazarian works successfully with such famous soloists including Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Julia Fischer, Hilary Hahn, Maximilian Hornung, Sharon Kam, Katia & Marielle Labèque, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Sabine Meyer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Viktoria Mullova, Sergei Nakariakov, Gerhard Oppitz, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Beaux Arts Trio and many others. He has made numerous concert broadcasts by the Hessen Radio (HR), the Southwest German Radio (SWR), the West German Radio (WDR), Deutschlandradio, the Middle German Radio (MDR), the Radio Svizzera Italiana.
At the age of four Gazarian received his first violin lesson from his father. Subsequently, he was educated at the “P.I. Tchaikovsky Special Music School” and later at the “Yerevan State Conservatory” by the first violinist of the famous Borodin Quartet. His active concert career started in 1983. During his studies he was contracted as a soloist by the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. At the same time he was violinist of the National Armenian Piano Trio.
In 1992 Ruben Gazarian went to Leipzig for post degree studies at the “Leipzig Music Academy Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”. In the winter of 1995, Gazarian completed his education as a violinist by passing the concert exam. In the same year he began his conductor’s education at the Leipzig Music Academy which he completed with the highest possible grade in a public final concert in May 1998. From 1993 until 1998 Ruben Gazarian was First Concertmaster of the “West Saxon Symphony Orchestra” and from January 1999 until August 2002 he was principal conductor of this orchestra. In this position he was the youngest conductor of Germany at the time. In September 2002 Ruben Gazarian became laureate of the 1st International Conducting Competition “Sir Georg Solti” in Frankfurt Main.
An extensive and ever-growing discography documents the wide range of artists and his confident familiarity with works from diverse musical periods and styles. In addition, several CD productions are planned for the concert season 2016/17, of which the repertoire will comprise music spanning from the First Viennese School to the 21st century.