Nurhan Arman

Distinguished Canadian-Armenian conductor Nurhan Arman has appeared to critical acclaim in twenty-four countries, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine and throughout the US and Canada.  

In recent seasons Maestro Arman has guest-conducted the Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic (Poland), Kammerorchester Arpeggione (Austria), Orchester der Nordharzer (Germany), Orquestra Clássica da Madeira and directed several tours with I Pomeriggi Musicali Milano (Italy).  Among many other orchestras he has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, State Hermitage Orchestra St. Petersburg, Belgrade Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestre Regional d'Ile de France, Florence Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Filarmonica Moldova, Pilsen Radio Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic and in Canada the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, RCM Orchestra and Saskatoon Symphony.
Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have been unanimous in their praise. Pravda hailed Maestro Arman as a "fascinating and striking musical personality," while the Broadcast Review in Prague reported "a spirited and nobly rounded performance."
Born to Armenian parents in Istanbul, he played his first violin recital at the age of 13. After arriving in the United States on a Disney Foundation scholarship, he concertized from coast to coast, appearing in major US cities as well as at prestigious music festivals in Tanglewood, Spoleto, New York and Florida. After several seasons of leading US orchestras as concertmaster, he began a conducting career that has taken him all over the world.
In 1982 Nurhan Arman moved to Canada to accept the post of Music Director of the North Bay Symphony and the Northern Music Festival. In 1987 he was named Music Director of Symphony New Brunswick which he swiftly built into a major regional resource. In March of 1993 Maestro Arman was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Yerevan Symphony in Armenia. In 1998 Maestro Arman founded Sinfonia Toronto, now considered one of Canada's finest chamber orchestras.
Maestro Arman records regularly for CBC Radio. Internationally, he has recorded for First Edition Records, Educo Records, Radio Moscow, Polish Broadcasting, Czech Radio, KBS of Korea, TRT of Turkey, Lithuanian TV, Slovenian Radio and TV, Armenian Radio and TV, and PBS in the US.
Maestro Arman has served as an adjudicator on many prominent panels, including the International Fitelberg Conducting Competition in Poland, the Canada Council Conducting Competition and the Heinz Unger Competition. He has taught conducting at New York's Brockport Festival, at the Florida Festival, and in Canada at his own Northern Music Festival as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

Among the major artists with whom Nurhan Arman has collaborated are André Laplante, Alexander Ghindin, Maria Kliegel, Measha Bruegergosman, Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Corey Cerovsek, Lara St. John, Rivka Golani, Yuli Turovsky, Andrea Bacchetti, Aline Kutan and many others. 
In 2019-20 season Maestro Arman continues with Sinfonia Toronto in Canada and leads the orchestra's China tour. His upcoming guest conducting engagements include Italy's San Remo Philharmonic Orchestra, L'Orchestra Sinfonica di Asti and City of London Soloists in England. 

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Burge: Flanders Fields Reflections
Mendelssohn: Symphony for Strings no 7 in D minor
Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a
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Barry: Dances with Wolves
Broughton: Triptych
Lau: Joy

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