Armenian-American conductor Tigran Arakelyan is the Music Director of Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras and Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra. Arakelyan held various associate and assistant conducting positions with California Philharmonic, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Northridge Youth Philharmonic, University of Washington Symphony, and CSU Northridge Symphony. Seattle Weekly described his interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony Nr. 1 as "confident, convincing, lyrically phrased, and excellent tempo". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator called him a "rising star".
Previously, he was the Music Director of Whidbey Island Orchestra (WA), University of Washington Campus Philharmonia, Lark Musical Society Youth Orchestra (CA), University of Washington Summer Orchestra and the Founder Conductor and Artistic Director of Cadence Chamber Orchestra (WA). Arakelyan has been instrumental in initiating collaborations with soloists, visual artists, dancers, and choirs. He helped in creating youth scholarship programs, young composer competitions, and led orchestral performances at unconventional venues. In 2014, he took the Federal Way Youth Orchestra on a two-week tour of South Korea performing six concerts in Seoul and Busan. Arakelyan conducted the Yakima Chamber Orchestra (WA), University of California Los Angeles Philharmonia, the Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts, Korean Music Association Choir, Inverted Space Modern Ensemble, Everett Youth Symphony, Venicians One Theatre (Los Angeles), Discovery Players, and the Nimbus Ensemble (Los Angeles).
A strong advocate of new music, he has performed regional and world premieres by Iosif Andriasov, Stepan Rostomyan, Jeff Bowen, Jon Brenner, Arshak Andriasov, Felipe Rossi, and Eleanor Aversa among others. Arakelyan conducted the Pacific Northwest premiere of Paul Hindemith Kammermuzik Nr. 1. He is a recipient of numerous awards including: Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Performing Arts Fellowship (2013, 2014, 2015), Nellie Cornish, Welland Jordan, Edward Hosharian Award, Cornish College of the Arts Performance Grant, and the Armenian Allied Arts Competition (1st place).
He participated in many music festivals and workshops including: the Conductors Guild Workshop, Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, Idyllwild Music Festival, Dilijan Chamber Music Series, Seasons Festival Academy, and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Arakelyan participated in masterclasses with notable conductors David Loebel, Frank Battisti, Donald Thulean, David Effron, Neal Stulberg, Michael Jinbo, and Lawrence Golan.
In 2008, he played alongside Sir James Galway during his induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He received a Doctorate in Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Washington. His primary conducting studies are with Ludovic Morlot, David Alexander Rahbee, John Roscigno, Adam Stern and flute studies with Paul Taub, John Barcellona, Laura Osborn, Stephen Preston, and Shigenori Kudo.