Peter Oundjian
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The Colorado Music Festival announced the appointment of Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian, 63, as its next Music Director. Oundjian was already Artistic Advisor of this summer festival which takes place at the Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder.

The conductor says in a statement: « After such a fulfilling experience in Boulder last summer, I am thrilled and honored to now join CMF as Music Director. There is a magical, frontier atmosphere to the festival that I find incredibly refreshing and invigorating, whether I’m outdoors amidst the natural beauty or on stage with the orchestra inside the festival’s historic, ‘Old West’-era auditorium with its magnificent acoustics. This special energy drives the musicians too, and the experience is all the more focused and intense given the short, but precious window of time that we’re together over the summer. After leading a number of orchestras year-round as Music Director, this is an exciting change of pace! »

Peter Oundjian recently ended his 14-year tenure as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as well as his six-year tenure as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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