Venezuelan-Armenian conductor Domingo Hindoyan has become the new chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO), starting in 2021, per ClassicFM.
The Venezuelan conductor will step into the post as Vasily Petrenko takes on the role of music director at Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Petrenko made his debut with the RLPO in March 2016, conducting a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.2, ‘Resurrection’, and will remain its conductor laureate after 15 years in Liverpool. Hindoyan comes from the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra where he is currently principal guest conductor.
“Since the very first time I worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, I encountered an amazing group of musicians whose warm personalities and passion for music shone through,” Hindoyan says. “This Orchestra is a great collective force formed by brilliant individuals.”
He continues: “What excited me was not only the Orchestra but the vibrant city of Liverpool and its historic connection with music and sports. An orchestra is a fundamental ambassador for the arts, and together our priorities will be to preserve the great heritage of the music we perform, welcome audiences with unprecedented sounds, and build the future for new generations with fruitful educational projects.
“I am thrilled to be the new chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and know that together we will lead a new chapter in its musical history.”
Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with many leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera and Vienna State Opera, as well as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.
He began his music studies as a violinist and learned in the El Sistema programme in Venezuela before studying the violin and conducting at the Haute École de Musique de Genève. In 2013 he became first assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is Classic FM’s Orchestra in North West England.
In one of his interviews, Hindoyan told about the role of his Armenian origins in his career: “In 2005 I was accepted into Daniel Barenboim’s “West-Eastern Divan Orchestra”. I met Barenboim in a concert where he was conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Lucerne Festival. He asked me about my origins, my last name is Armenian, my mother was born in Aleppo, Syria, but from the Armenian family. At that moment I could play something for him because I had taken my violin trying to look like a musician from the orchestra and to be allowed to enter the rehearsal. He offered me to play with his orchestra, per Armenian National Music.