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Tigran Arakelyan, flutist & conductor

Armenian-American conductor Tigran Arakelyan is the Music Director of Whidbey Island Community Orchestra, Federal Way Youth Orchestra, University of Washington Campus Philharmonia and assistant conductor of Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. Arakelyan is a doctoral student and a Predoctoral Associate at the University of Washington under the mentorship of Maestro Ludovic Morlot and Dr. David Alexander Rahbee. In 2008 he played alongside Sir James Galway during his induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A strong advocate of new music, Mr. Arakelyan has performed regional and world premieres by Iosif Andriasov, Stepan Rostomyan, Jon Brenner, Arshak Andriasov, Felipe Rossi, and Eleanor Aversa among others.

"It was a wonderful experience for me to play..."

“It was a wonderful experience for me to play a piece by Iosif Andriasov, since he is not only a great composer but an individual who fought against the hardest of times in the 20th century. I had a great time playing the Flute Sketch with his son Arshak Andriasov who is an accomplished composer/pianist. We played at the annual Andriasov Festival in Rochester NY. The piece is beautiful, short and has wonderful spirit that connects the Armenian spirit with the Western classical tradition. As a flutist it is evident to me that Iosif Andriasov had a full grasp and understanding of the possibilities on the flute and used every note and phrase to its fullest potential. I hope that future generations of composers can hear, study and learn from Iosif Andriasov and his compositional style and techniques. He combines the technical and theoretical aspects with the passion and life that music depicts. This is what I admire and like about his music.”

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