Arto Tchiftchian is a conductor who enjoys international fame and recognition. He established himself as one of the leading conductors of his generation in Bulgaria, Europe. Before he came and settled in the USA as a permanent resident in August 2009 he led symphony concerts and opera performances with the best professional state symphony orchestras and state opera houses in his native country - Bulgaria. He appeared with Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan - one of the best orchestras of Eastern Europe, presenting works by Berlioz (Roman Carnaval), Shostakovitch (Violin Concerto N.1) and Tchaikovski (Symphony N. 5). He had a concert with Thesaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in Greece with all Beethoven programme. He was a music director of Antalya State Opera House - Turkey, where he conducted concert performances of Mozart's Requiem and stage productions of Verdi's La Traviata, Il Trovatore, L'elesir d'amore by Donizetti. He founded and conducted Plovdiv Youth Symphony Orchestra and they had regular concerts in Bulgaria and two very successful tours in France and Germany. The concerts received great critical acclaim. He has also been a music director of Haskovo Municipality Symphony Orchestra and helped to reach high professional standards of performance.
He was a conductor in Russe State Opera House for 8 years, where he prepared and conducted over 200 performances of both opera and ballet. He was also an artistic director of "Danubian Sounds" Municipality Mixed Choir - one of the best in the country at that time. He prepared the choral parts of Beethoven's- Choral Symphony, Rossini-Stabat Mater, Verdi-Requiem, Prokofiev-Cantata "Alexander Nevsky" and the Oratorio "Ivan the Terrible". During this period of time, Arto Tchiftchian had creative contacts with German conductopr Hans Roegner, French conductor Jean-Claude Cassadesu and Greek conductor George Thimis. The choir appeared in two concerts in Paris performing the oratorio “Ivan the Terrible” by Prokofief under the baton of world famous conductor Ricardo Muti.
He attended master courses and had creative professional contacts with world renowned Russian conductors Igor Maskevitch and Kiril Kondrashin.
He took part in international music festivals - Kefalonia International Music Festival - Greece, International Festival of Chamber Music in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Haskovo Spring Music Festival - Bulgaria.
He has been a teacher/lecturer in conducting classes at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv. Conductor Arto Tchiftchian has orchestrated and arranged the following pieces by Johan Sebastian Bach:
1. Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue - For full symphony orchestra
2. Prelude and Fugue in B Minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier - Book 1 - For full symphony orchestra
3. Prelude and Fugue G moll - Well-tempered clavier Book 2 - For stringe orchestra
Arto Tchiftchian studied conducting at Sofia State Music Academy under the late prof. Konstantin Iliev. During his studies he learned orchestral and choral conducting, composition, piano, percussion instruments, music theory, harmony, polyphony, music analysis, history of fine arts, philosophy, etc. During his studies he conducted concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy and participated in three concerts at Youth Musical Meetings in Bayreuth, Germany with the chamber orchestra of Sofia State Music Academy. There he attended the master course for conductors of the famous American conductor Erich Leinsdorf.
He was awarded Bulgarian Medals for Culture and awarded the “Borgesse Foundation for Music Excellence” in the performance of symphonic music.
Arto Tchiftchian, conductor