Artist Bio

Ara Guzelimian, Encounter Leader

Encounter Leader Ara Guzelimian is Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School, having been appointed to the post in August 2006. At Juilliard, he works closely with the President in overseeing the faculty, curriculum, and artistic planning of the distinguished performing arts conservatory in all three of its divisions—dance, drama, and music.

Previously, he was Senior Director and Artistic Advisor of Carnegie Hall from 1998 to 2006; in that post, he oversaw the artistic planning and programming for the opening of Zankel Hall in 2003. He was also host and producer of the acclaimed Making Music composer series at Carnegie Hall from 1999 to 2008. He is an active lecturer, writer, and music critic. In recent years, he has given lectures at the invitation of the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Easter Festival, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Music@Menlo festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chicago Symphony, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Taipei, and the Jerusalem Music Center.

He has also been heard both on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts and, as a guest host, on public radio’s Saint Paul Sunday. In the past, he has served as Artistic Administrator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Aspen Music Festival and School and as Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival. As a writer and music critic, he has contributed to such publications as Musical America, Opera Quarterly, Opera News, Symphony magazine, the New York Times, the Record Geijutsu magazine (Tokyo), the program books of the Salzburg and the Helsinki Festivals, and the journal for IRCAM in Paris. In addition, he is a member of the Music Visiting Committee of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. Ara Guzelimian is editor of Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society (Pantheon Books, 2002), a collection of dialogues between Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said. In September 2003, he was awarded the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his contributions to French music and culture. In May 2016, he served on the jury of the Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany.

Ara Guzelimian will lead Encounter II: Dmitry Shostakovich: An Artist’s Chronicle of a Russian Century (July 21).