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Eduard Topchjan


 
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Eduard Topchjan studied violin at the Yerevan Conservatory with Armenian conductor Ohan Durian, followed by valuable consultations from Sir George Solti, Claudio Abbado and Nello Santi. He started conducting in 1991 with friends from the Yerevan Conservatory, creating the Serenade Chamber Orchestra, winning prizes at various international competitions and releasing highly regarded CDs with several labels, they also toured Europe regularly in more than 700 concerts.

Eduard Topchjan made his début with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000, being appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. By 2001, they had already appeared in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, in 2003 at the Bolshoi Theatre, followed by tours to the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, and France. In 2008 they made a very successful tour to Japan with 15 concerts in the best concert halls in Tokyo, Osaka, Niigata, Nagoya, and Hamamatsu. In 2014, they participated in prestigious festivals in Italy, appearing with concerts in Rimini, Citta di Castello, Merano and Ravello. He also conducted the orchestra in Austria and Germany with a noteworthy concert at the Brucknerhaus in Linz. In 2015, within the Armenian Genocide Centennial, Eduard Topchjan conducted the ANPO in Denmark, Finland, Norway, USA, Mexico, Lebanon, Poland and Germany. In 2016-2017 there are planned concerts of the ANPO in Italy, Poland, Germany, USA, Russia, Japan and China.

As guest conductor in Europe, USA and Asia, he has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Cologne, Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Siena Festival Orchestra and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester. For the 2013-2014 Season he was engaged to appear with the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein in Vienna, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Della Toscana.  In April 2015 he conducted the Russian National Orchestra and Yurlov State Russian Capella having performed a famous Requiem by Vyacheslav Artyomov. His appearance with Malaga Symphony Orchestra in November 2015 was highly acclaimed by Spanish media.

In opera Topchjan has conducted “Aida”, “Il barbiere di Siviglia”; “Madama Butterfly”, “Turandot”, “Simon Boccanegra”, “Otello”, “Rigoletto”, “I Pagliacci”, “Pique Dame”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Don Giovanni”, “Die Zauberflöte”, “Tosca” and others.

Eduard Topchjan has been the Artistic Director of several significant festivals, and since 2007 he has been principal conductor of the Yerevan International Music Festival. 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, he was granted knighthood of the Italian Order of Merit for Labor (OML).