Peter Oundjian has been privileged to share his love of music with audiences for over five decades.
Born in Toronto and raised in Surrey, England, Oundjian grew up performing frequently as a violinist and choral singer, highlighted by three recordings under the baton of Benjamin Britten. During his teenage years, Oundjian frequently played concertos, recitals, and chamber music throughout England. He attended the Royal College of Music in London where he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal in 1975, presented to him by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
In 1995, Oundjian was forced to step away from the violin, having developed focal dystonia in his left hand. Merely a month after stepping down from his post with the Tokyo String Quartet, Oundjian’s friend and mentor André Previn invited him to share the podium at the 50th Anniversary concert of the Caramoor International Music Festival. Oundjian had studied conducting while at the Juilliard School, and had taken part in an historic series of masterclasses with Herbert von Karajan. At the age of 39, Oundjian turned his focus to reigniting his former passion for conducting.