Tigran Arakelyan is an Armenian-American conductor, executive director, radio host, podcaster and producer. He is the Music Director of Northwest Mahler Festival, ORS of Tacoma and Artistic Director of  Port Townsend Symphony.  Tigran is also the Executive Director of Music Works Northwest. Previously, he was the assistant conductor of California Philharmonic and made his Walt Disney Concert Hall conducting debut in 2019. Tigran played alongside Sir James Galway during Galway’s induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He received awards from The American Prize in Programming and the Global Music Awards for podcasting.
He held conducting positions with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Bellingham Symphony, CSU Northridge Youth Philharmonic, Whidbey Island Orchestra and the Bremerton Youth Symphony.  During his tenure as Music Director of Federal Way Youth Symphony and Bainbridge Youth Orchestras; the organizations reached their highest enrollment, added multiple ensembles, premiered pieces and collaborated with dance companies and choirs. Tigran led the Federal Way Youth Symphony on three tours to South Korea, conducting in Seoul, Busan, Jeju, Daejeon, Gwangju, among other cities.He conducted regional premieres by renowned composers Paul Hindemith, Keith Jarrett, Jovino Santos Neto, Brenno Blauth, Jeff Manookian and James Cohn. Since 2009, Tigran has taken orchestras to unconventional venues, from bars and cideries to cafes and homeless shelters. He has initiated and is a founder of the Port Townsend Chamber Orchestra,  Bainbridge Island String Festival, PTSO Young Artist Competition, Whidbey Competition for Young Composers, Cadence Chamber Orchestra (WA), Youth Orchestra at Lark Musical Society (CA) and numerous scholarship/grant and funding initiatives.During his time at the University of Washington, he was the conductor of the Campus Philharmonia and the UW Summer Orchestra. Tigran has conducted the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Olympia Chamber Orchestra, numerous youth orchestras in South Korea, Armenian Pops Orchestra, Juneau Symphony, Ballard Civic Orchestra, Bainbridge Symphony, Inverted Space Ensemble, Lark Orchestra (CA), Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra and innovative collaborations with the Olympic Performance Group and Olympic Youth Choir.Tigran is a three time awardee of the Armenian General Benevolent Union Performing Arts Fellowship. He participated in the Conductors Guild Workshop, Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival, Idyllwild Music Festival and Dilijan Chamber Music Series, among others. Tigran conducted in masterclasses with notable conductors David Loebel, Frank Battisti, Donald Thulean, Michael Jinbo and David Effron.  Invited by Maestro Ludovic Morlot, Tigran earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Washington where he was the first student in the inaugural class of David Rahbee and Morlot. His mentors are Victor Vener, John Barcellona, Paul Taub, and Laura Osborn. In his youth he played in the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic Orchestra and attended Lark Musical Society.Outside of conducting, he was a host and producer of Exploring Music, a radio show on KPTZ (91.9FM).  An active podcaster since 2012, he most recently hosted and produced Let’s Talk Off The Podium (140+ episodes). Tigran interviewed winners of Grammy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellow, Rome Prize & the Polar Music Prize. Past guests include: Evelyn Glennie, George Walker, Mark O’Connor, Christian McBride, David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), JoAnn Falletta, Richard Stoltzman, Sharon Isbin, Vijay Iyer, Christopher Theofanidis, Yolanda Kondonassis, Roger Bobo, and a long list of others.