Ara Guzelimian is provost and dean of The Juilliard School in New York City 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.
Prior to the Juilliard appointment, 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. In addition, he has given lectures at the invitation of the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Easter Festival, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chicago Symphony, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Taipei and the Jerusalem Music Center, where he was on the faculty of the 2000 International Chamber Music Encounter, led by Isaac Stern. He has also been heard both on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts and, as a guest host, on public radio’s Saint Paul Sunday. He currently serves on the music visiting committee of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.
Previously, Ara Guzelimian was the artistic administrator of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado from 1993 to 1998. In addition, he was artistic director of the Ojai Festival in California from 1992 to 1997. He was associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1978 to 1993 -- first as producer for the Orchestra’s national radio broadcasts and, subsequently, as artistic administrator -- where he founded and edited the orchestra’s monthly publication for subscribers and helped to create its highly popular series of pre-concert lectures.
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 the IRCAM center in Paris.
Mr. 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. His performing edition of Mendelssohn’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been performed by the Chicago, Boston, and London Symphony orchestras, conducted by Bernard Haitink. In September 2003, Mr. Guzelimian was awarded the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his contributions to French music and culture.