Armenian-American conductor Tigran Arakelyan is the Music Director of Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras and Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra. Arakelyan held associate and assistant conducting positions with California Philharmonic, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, and the Northridge Youth Philharmonic. His upcoming/recent performances are with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Pops Orchestra, Port Townsend Symphony, Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra (WA), a two week tour of South Korea with the Federal Way Youth Symphony and the First Annual Bainbridge Island String Festival.
Previously, he was the Music Director of Whidbey Island Orchestra (WA), Lark Musical Society Youth Orchestra (CA) and the Founder Conductor and Artistic Director of Cadence Chamber Orchestra (WA). At the university level Arakelyan was the Music Director of the University of Washington Campus Philharmonia, U.W. Summer Orchestra and assistant conductor of the U.W. Symphony, California State University Northridge Symphony, and the CSU Northridge Discovery Players. He has been instrumental in initiating collaborations with soloists, visual artists, dancers, and choirs. Arakelyan helped in creating youth scholarship programs, festivals, young composer competitions, and led orchestral performances at unconventional venues. In 2014, he took the Federal Way Youth Orchestra on a two-week tour of South Korea performing six concerts in Seoul and Busan. He has also conducted the University of California Los Angeles Philharmonia, Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts, Korean Music Association Choir, Inverted Space Modern Ensemble, Everett Youth Symphony, Venicians One Theatre (CA), and the Nimbus Ensemble (CA).
A strong advocate of new music, he has performed regional and world premieres by Iosif Andriasov, Stepan Rostomyan, Eleanor Aversa, Jeff Bowen, Jon Brenner, Arshak Andriasov, and Felipe Rossi. Arakelyan conducted the Pacific Northwest premiere of Paul Hindemith Kammermuzik Nr. 1. He is a recipient of numerous awards including: Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Performing Arts Fellowship (2013, 2014, 2015), Edward Hosharian Award, and the Armenian Allied Arts Competition (1st place) among others. Arakelyan played alongside Sir James Galway during his induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He participated in the Conductors Guild Workshop, Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, Idyllwild Music Festival, Dilijan Chamber Music Series, Seasons Festival Academy, and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Arakelyan conducted in masterclasses with notable conductors David Loebel, Frank Battisti, Donald Thulean, Ennio Nicotra, David Effron, Neal Stulberg, Michael Jinbo, and Lawrence Golan.
He received a Doctorate in Musical Artsdegree in conducting from the University of Washington. His primary conducting studies are with Ludovic Morlot, David Alexander Rahbee, John Roscigno, Adam Stern and flute studies with Paul Taub, John Barcellona, Laura Osborn, Stephen Preston, and Shigenori Kudo. Outside of conducting, Arakelyan is the founder and director of the Armenian Orchestral Music Project and the Classical Program Coordinator at Music Works Northwest.