Toronto Symphony extends Oundjian’s contract

Posted on: April 22, 2013

In Friday’s (4/19) Toronto Star, Trish Crawford reports, “Peter Oundjian will remain music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra until the 2016/17 season, it was announced Friday. Hired in 2004, Oundjian is the 10th music director of the TSO and his 13-year term will surpass the former record of Sir Andrew Davis, who helmed the orchestra from 1975-1987. ‘Peter is an important part of the fabric of our community and an inspiring leader of our orchestra,’ says orchestra CEO Andrew Shaw. Oundjian’s achievements in the role include establishing a New Creations Festival showcasing contemporary composers and wooing young people ages 15 to 35—over 24,000 tickets to this group are sold annually making the TSO audience one of the youngest in classical music, the announcement says. ‘I will also continue my philosophy of fostering relationships with guest conductors, soloists and composers: many of whom have significant and long-term relationships with the TSO and bring fresh perspectives to our musicians,’ says Oundjian. He points to the hiring of 30 new musicians during his tenure as a major achievement and promises to increase the orchestra’s endowment fund.”

Posted April 22, 2013