Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
The outstanding Armenian conductor Eduard Topchjan studied violin at the Yerevan Conservatory and went on to study conducting with a prominent Armenian conductor Ohan Durian, followed by valuable consultations from Sir George Solti, Claudio Abbado and Nello Santi.
Topchjan started conducting in 1991 when with a group of his friends from the Yerevan Conservatory he created the Serenade Chamber Orchestra. The Serenade at once became the most promising orchestra in Armenia and shortly afterwards it made a fine reputation in Europe, winning prizes at various international competitions and releasing highly reputed CDs with several labels. Topchjan toured Europe regularly with the Serenade appearing with more than 700 concerts.
Eduard Topchjan made his debut with the ANPO in 2000. The same year he is appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the ANPO and starts successful appearances with the APO in Yerevan and abroad, earning much praise for his interpretations of the main symphonic repertoire as well as new compositions. Already in 2001 he appeared with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and in 2003 at the “Bolshoi Theater “, receiving both times great acclaim from the audience and musical critics.
This was followed by the ANPO tours over the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, and France with remarkable appearances in Nuremberg, Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice and many others. In 2008 the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra led by Eduard Topchjan made a very successful tour over Japan with 15 concerts in the best concert halls in Tokyo, Osaka, Niigata, Nagoya, Hamamatsu and many others. The highest performing standards and the conductor were highly appreciated in the world media.
Topchjan is especially known for appearing with orchestral and operatic repertoire. He has performed the operas “Aida”, “The Barber of Seville”, “Madame Butterfly”, “Turandot”, “Simone Boccanegra”, “Otherllo”, “Rigoletto”, “I Pagliacci”, “Pique Dame”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Don Giovanni”, “Zauberfloete”, “Tosca” and others.
Eduard Topchjan appears with such celebrated artists as Placido Domingo, Pinchas Zukerman, Renato Bruson, Giuseppe Giacomini, Sergei Larin, Vladimir Chernov, Vincenzo La Scola, Raina Kabaivanska, Mischa Maisky, Natalia Gutman, Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Yuri Bashmet, Kim Kashkashian, Diemut Poppen, Emmanuel Pahud, Tibor Varga, Radovan Vlatkovic, Sergei Nakariakov, Boris Berezovsky, Sergey Khachatryan, Julia Fischer, Isabelle Faust, Daishin Kashimoto, Sergey Babayan, Konstantin Lifschitz, Francois-Joël Thiollier, Paul Mayer, Jana Bouskova, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Alexei Lyubimov, Bernd Glemser, Bernard Ringeissen, Anton Sorokow, Francois-Frederic Guy, Vag Papian, Mario Brunello, Kirill Gernstein, Kolja Blacher, Alexander Chaushian and many others.
As a guest conductor he appeared with 46 important orchestras in Europe, the US and Asia, among them the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Cologne, Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Opera Monte-Carlo, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Siena Festival Orchestra and Kartner Sinfonieorchester.
He was engaged for the 2013-2014 season to appear with the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra (at Musikverein Vienna), Israel National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Della Toscana.
He has been the Artistic Director of several significant festivals. Since 2007 he is principal conductor of the Yerevan International Music Festival, which is an annual event and hosts numerous world-known musicians marking its 10th consecutive season in 2016.
His vast repertoire includes all periods from baroque to contemporary music, symphonic works as well as chamber orchestra repertoire and operas. Many pieces by composers from Armenia and abroad have been written for him and premiered by him with various orchestras.In August, 2014 the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Eduard Topchjan participated in prestigious festivals in Italy, appearing with concerts in Rimini, Città di Castello, Merano and Ravello. In October, 2014 he conducted the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra when it appeared in Austria and Germany with a noteworthy concert at the Brucknerhaus in Linz. His extraordinary talent and conducting style attracted attention from world audiences and gained him the highest critical and public acclaim. In 2007 he was granted the title of Meritorious Worker of Arts of Armenia. In 2011 he was awarded a Gold Medal of the Ministry of Culture of Armenia. In autumn 2013, Maestro Topchjan was granted knighthood with the Italian Order of Merit for Labour (OML). During his tenure the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating its 90th consecutive season received the status of the National orchestra. In 2015-2016 there are planned concerts of the ANPO in the USA, Russia, Poland, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, China and Scandinavian countries.