• Director & Conductor, Calgary Youth Orchestra
Strings Faculty (violin)
Edmond Agopian graduated from the Juilliard School with a Master of Music degree in Violin and from the Masterplayers International Music Academy (Lugano, Switzerland) with an Honours Diploma in Conducting. He moved to Calgary in 1991 to take up positions as Professor of Violin at the University of Calgary, Conductor of the U of C Orchestra and Artist-in-Residence at Mount Royal University Conservatory. Soon after, along with Amanda Forsyth and two graduate students he established the U of C String Quartet in Residence. Since 1993 he has also been the Music Director/Concertmaster of Calgary's professional string orchestra, the Kensington Sinfonia. Its CBC Radio CD recording, Views from the Americas, continues to receive glowing reviews. A champion of Canadian music he has premiered Canadian violin works in the United States and Taiwan. He has been a member of the Halifax Chamber Musicians, the Atlantic Wind and String Virtuosi, the Calgary New Works Ensemble, Rosa Selvatica and Aubade. His performances have been broadcast on regional, national, English and French CBC Radio programs. His violin playing has received accolades for both his recordings and performances: "One of the best recordings of the year…" (Off the Record, CBC Radio) "His performance… was a triumph both of technique and integration."(The Toronto Star).
Of his conducting, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald critic wrote: "From the first note to the last they captured the symphonic sound… Their dynamic range was elastic, giving the phrases sculptural depth as well as linear tensionä ." His Sundogs CD recording of Canadian orchestral music was described by one critic as a "hands-down winner". A selection from the recording was chosen by the Canadian Music Centre for a sample CD of Canadian orchestral works. He has been the Music Director of the Acadia Symphony Orchestra and the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra. Other conducting work includes performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestra London and the Festival Del Piccolo Mondo Antico Orchestra in Italy. In 2002 he was appointed Music Director of the Calgary Youth Orchestra. On a recent tour to New Zealand, their performances were described by a New Zealand critic as "impressive" ,"exuberant" and "confident".
Violin students of Edmond Agopian have won national and international awards and have performed as soloists with professional orchestra. They are now members of such ensembles as the renowned Borromeo String Quartet, the Montreal Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, etc. His violin method, The No Time to Practice Technique Companion, is on SHAR Music Company's bestseller list.