Knoxville, TN –  Today, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra announced Aram Demirjian as its eighth Music Director. After a year-long search and vetting process, Maestro Demirjian (Duh-MER-jun) was chosen from the nine candidates for the position. A search committee formed to interview and select the final candidates for the next conductor, who, in addition to conducting concerts, will provide musical leadership, artistic vision, and an organizational presence in the community, helping to drive the KSO forward in fulfilling its mission.

“This was indeed a tough decision, but what a thrilling time to be a part of the Knoxville Symphony,” said KSO Board President Cynthia Moxley. “The search committee chose Maestro Demirjian as the next conductor for his artistic vision and dynamic personality, both on and off stage. He is a vibrant, young conductor with a great future ahead of him; I think he will continue the mission and vision of the KSO and launch us into the future of this outstanding organization.”

"I am extremely honored and excited to be named the next Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra," said Aram Demirjian. "Knoxville is a city that is brimming with artistic possibility, and I believe the Symphony is poised to achieve great things in coming years.

As the newest member of the KSO family, I am eager to team up with my new colleagues and advance the great work being done by the Symphony on stage, in schools and out in the community. I firmly believe that classical music can be for everyone, and we are going to work hard to build a vibrant, inviting culture in which all Knoxvillians are inspired to share in the eye-opening symphonic experiences we create. No matter what your age, background or musical taste, there will be a seat at the KSO table for you."