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Peter Oundjian, Yale professor and music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducts the Philharmonia

January 8, 2009

January 23 program includes Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 and Bartók’s Viola Concerto in a performance dedicated to the late violist and conductor Jesse Levine

Peter Oundjian, well-known internationally as a remarkable musician who successfully made the transition from one of the world’s leading violinists to a highly-acclaimed conductor, will guest-conduct the Yale Philharmonia on Friday, January 23 at 8:00pm in Woolsey Hall.  Oundjian is music director of one of North America’s major orchestras, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A renowned teacher, he has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Music since 1981.  The program will feature Bartók’s Viola Concerto, performed by Margaret Carey, a winner of the 2008 Woolsey Hall Competition. Carey has dedicated the performance to the memory of her teacher, Jesse Levine, who died in November. The major work on the program is Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor,  premiered in 1892, the last symphonic work completed by the composer. Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit www.yale.edu/music, call 203-432-4158, or come to the Sprague Hall Box Office during business hours.

Peter Oundjian, violinist and conductor, studied at the Royal College of Music in London, England. After winning the Gold Medal there, he went on to the Juilliard School in 1975 to study with Ivan Galamian. He also worked with Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. In 1980 Mr. Oundjian won first prize in the International Violin Competition in Vina del Mar, Chile. He performed as recitalist throughout North America under the sponsorship of the Pro Musicis Foundation, making his New York recital debut in 1981. He has soloed with the Boston Pops and the Toronto, Montreal, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras, the National Arts Center Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic. He was first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet from 1981 to 1995. His formal conducting debut was in 1995 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Since then he has conducted the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Cincinnati, and Berlin symphony orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. He is the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Caramoor Festival, and artistic director and principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony. Oundjian has been on the School of Music faculty since 1981.

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