Music director takes on third job

Music director takes on third job


norman lebrecht

November 17, 2015

Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony and the Royal Scottish National orchestras, signed on yesterday as principal conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, at the Yale School of Music.

Time hanging heavy on his hands?

peter oundjian

His timing’s not that great. Yesterday, the RNSO took possession of a new hall.


  • Milka says:

    you get what you pay for ..with the Toronto Symphony , not much .

  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Great news for Yale and the commute to Toronto by plane is about an hour. I’m sure he can manage the duties in Scotland. Bonne chance, Maestro.

  • Philip Amos says:

    I am not at all sure what point re timing is to be taken from this, but in any case, the Yale Philharmonia season for 2015-16 consists of just seven concerts, of which Oundjian is conducting four at most (their site leaves it unclear). Four concerts can hardly be distinguished from four guest appearances at various venues. It is not as if he has taken on wholesale the future of a major orchestra. It is a fine band, though, and amazing to ponder that Yale also has the Yale Symphony Orchestra.

  • NoMeGu says:

    Is he taking over the conducting class at Yale School of Music?

  • Gaffney Feskoe says:

    Interesting news. He will be sharing the stage with New Haven’s other conductor, William Boughton of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra which offers a full subscription season. The NHSO is America’s fourth oldest continuing performing orchestra.

  • gina says:

    Why not if he is capable of? And why as if no one else can fill the post?

  • Emil says:

    Why doesn’t Jurowski want to do London, Berlin and NY, as this blog asked very recently?

    That being said, Oundjian is a very capable musician, who among others presented a stunning Shostakovich 12 recently in Montreal. Great appointment, for sure.

    • Milka says:

      Toronto ain’t London, Berlin or NY by a long shot . One” stunning “concert does not an artis
      not make .The Toronto Symphony under Oundjian is not on anyones “must” hear list and
      is rarely if at all mentioned in polite society .

  • Milka says:

    Should read” One stunning concert does not an artist make “

    • i went to yale says:

      hmm. no one, not even the great milka, saw the yale connection, which is that oundjian played in the tokyo quartet before picking up the baton (because of injury)… and the tokyo taught at yale for years. the yale school of music philharmonia has had a number of great conductors in the last decades (gunther herbig, lawrence leighton smith) before enduring a few sub-par years with shinik hamh. welcome back to yale, maestro!

      • Milka says:

        You assume wrongly that Milka is not aware of the history ……………Be they a journeyman bricklayer or journeyman conductors you get what you pay for ..Toronto Symphony being
        an example…..your choice of great conductors tells us more than we want to know .