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Tigran Shiganyan


Violin, Viola

Dr. Tigran Shiganyan has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a conductor, violinist, educator, and producer. He appeared as a soloist and conductor in America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Shiganyan is a prizewinner of numerous international violin and conducting competitions including William C. Byrd Young Artists International Competition in Flint, Pittsburgh Symphony Concerto Competition, Five Towns Music Art Foundation Competition in New York, International Competition Palma D’Oro inFinali -Liguria (Italy), International Violin Competition in Almaty (Kazakhstan), and Winner of IMKA International Conducting Competition in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Dr. Shiganyan was born into a family of musicians; his mother is the world-renowned composer, Dilorom Saidaminova. Dr. Shiganyan graduated from the V. Uspensky Music School for Gifted Children, the Tashkent State Conservatory where he earned his “Red Diploma” in B.M. & M.M., and his Post-graduate diplomas with highest distinction. In US he graduated at Duquesne University with an Artist Diploma, and M.M.. In 2009 Shiganyan received his Doctorate from the College of Music at Michigan State University, thus making him the first Uzbek musician to earn a doctorate in musical performance from an American institution.

Tigran Shiganyan's conducting teachers were Dr. Robert Cameron and Professor Leon Gregorian at Duquesne University and Michigan State Universities. His violin and chamber music teachers were Professors: Nataliy Pogorelova, Nathan Mendelssohn, Vladimir Ioudenitch, Irina Zheleznova, Bakhrom Kurbanov, Charles Stegeman, Misha Quint, Randolph Kelly, Emanuel Borok and Dmitri Berlinsky.

Dr. Shiganyan conducted and performed many world premieres of works of his mother composer Dilorom Saidaminova in US and Uzbekistan. Dr. Shiganyan conducted and premiered music of Great American composers in Central Asia / Uzbekistan, such composers as Leonard Bernstein, John Adams, and John Williams. Dr. Shiganyan facilitated top American musicians coming to Uzbekistan, giving concerts, master-classes and lectures -- making “Culture Bridges” between two countries.

Tigran Shiganyan has been recipient of many awards including a grant from the Open Society Institute & Foundation (Uzbekistan-U.S.A) and full scholarships from Duquesne University and Michigan State University. He was recognized by the United States Achievement Academy’s All-American Scholar, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, as an outstanding scholar.

Dr. Shiganyan has been invited to perform at prestigious festivals such as the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Moscow Autumn” (Russia), the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Ilkhom-XX” (Uzbekistan), the “Hot Summer Night” Music Festival in Columbia (Missouri), and the Utah Festival Opera in Logan (Utah). He most recently conducted on the First International Orchestra Music Festival "Golden Autumn" and International Arts Music Festival “Bahor Nafasi” in Uzbekistan.

In 2014, Dr. Tigran Shiganyan founded “ArtNovaProject” dedicated to performing chamber music with various types of ensembles, subsequently performing on prestigious concert series such as Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series, Friends of Absolute Music (East Lansing), and Flint Institute of Music Concerts Series. His performance schedule has additionally taken him to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference, in Hershey, and the 30th Annual Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literatures, in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Shiganyan has given many solos & chamber recitals, and appeared as a soloist & conductor in France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Kazakhstan, US, and Uzbekistan, with Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra, Duquesne Wind Symphony, Tashkent Opera Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State University Philharmonic Orchestra, Missouri Symphony Orchestra. With the chamber orchestras, The Chamber Orchestra “Turkistan”, Philharmonisches KammerorchesterBerlin, The Soloists of Uzbekistan, The Academy of Soloists, Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, The Chamber Orchestra “Camerata of Michigan”, The Rose Chamber Orchestra and International Chamber Soloists.

Tigran's first solo CD of Alfred Schnittke’s violin music and his second solo CD & DVD, chamber music of Dilorom Saidaminova, was released on Blue Griffin Recording label, awarded by two major prizes –The Akademia Music Awards for "Best World Beat Music Video" (Los Angeles, CA), and from the Global Music Awards, the Silver Medals in three categories - World Music, Album and Chamber Music (La Jolla, CA) in 2016.

Dr. Tigran Shiganyan has performed professionally with the Pittsburgh Opera Theater, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Also on Broadway productions of New York Broadway/DreamWorks Theatricals companies such as; South Pacific, West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, Shrek, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, New York Broadway/ The Really Useful Group on The Phantom of the Opera and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder / 50 Church Street productions of Broadway musicals, and Rocktopia Live / M2M Entertainment productions.

Dr. Shiganyan performed as well with Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra shows. He has participated and shared the stage in production with such Artists as acclaimed Emmy and Tony Award winning star Kristin Chenoweth, Ten-time Grammy Award winner American jazz vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin, and three-time Oscar and five-time Grammys winner legendary Composer Michel Legrand.

Dr. Tigran Shiganyan was invited to be judge of the 1st International Music Competition “Iste’dod ” and the National Youth String Music Competition in Uzbekistan and was Chair of Examination Graduation Committee at Uzbekistan State Conservatory from 2015 to 2020. In December of 2016 Dr. Tigran Shiganyan was Awarded “Honorary Professor” by the Uzbekistan State Conservatory, which made him the youngest Professor in the history of this institution. Dr. Shiganyan serves on the faculty of the Flint Institute of Music.

In 2017, Dr. Tigran Shiganyan joined Global Music Partnership, becoming “Honorary Artistic” and Advisor, representing Central Asia & Midwest America, and Artistic Director of “Global Music Partnership” International Concerto Competition – which happens every year. For the past two Competitions, winners came from around the world, countries such as Azerbaijan, Japan, Poland, Russia, Germany, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Italy.

Dr. Tigran Shiganyan made his Conducting debut at Carnegie Hall of Pittsburgh with Duquesne Wind Symphony in April of 2003, and in December 2018, Dr. Shiganyan debuted with the “Gloria Youth Orchestra” from Philadelphia at Carnegie Hall / Weill Recital Hall, New-York.

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