Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Karen Durgaryan has been the Principal Conductor of the Armenian National State Opera and Ballet Theatre between 2001 and 2015. Durgaryan graduated from the Yerevan State Conservatory in 1996 and has studied with Ilya Mousin at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1997. In 1995 he was appointed an Associate Conductor of the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra and the following year has been the Music Director of the Britten and Armenia International Music Festival in Yerevan.
Karen Durgaryan regularly conducts the best opera houses in Russia: since 2008 he is regularly a guest of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and on tour; he has appeared often at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, where he has conducted the new production of the ballet Spartacus, which he still regularly conducts both in St. Petersburg and on tour. He was invited again for the White Nights Festival 2013, celebrating the opening of the new Mariinsky Two and the 60th birthday of Maestro Valery Gergiev. He regularly appears at the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre both at home and on tour conducting both, opera and ballet productions.
Karen Durgaryan has conducted at the Leipzig Opera, at the Opéra National de Lyon and in December 2016 made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper conducting a new production of Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian. With the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Brussels Philharmonic, he has also presented the same production in January 2017. In February 2018 Karen Durgaryan made his first appearance with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra conducting two special ballet gala programs featuring the Ballet of Armenia.
Since 2000 Karen Durgaryan has conducted major performances of Lebanese diva Fairuz, the greatest singer of Arabic world at numerous festivals and concert halls around the world. The CD ‘Fairuz Live at the Beiteddine 2000’ produced by Ziad Rahbani with the EMI got the highest international acclaim.
Karen Durgaryan holds the title of Honored Artist of Republic of Armenia and in 2010 was awarded with the highest medal of Armenia in the field of art and culture.