LORI ANTOUNIAN, Orchestra Conductor and Choir Director, begins her musical journey with piano and voice, at a very young age. Born and raised in a musicians’ family, Lori Antounian found her vocation in the same path. She graduated in music, voice and classical piano from Vanier College in June 2006. She continued her studies in classical piano and choir direction at Concordia University, where she obtained her Bachelor “with distinction” in June 2009. During her studies, she received two scholarships, The Garnet Menger Scholarship (November 2007) and The Robert Ball Memorial Scholarship (November 2008). Lori Antounian was the student of many local greats such as Gregory Chaverdian for piano, Maestro Christopher Jackson for choir direction and Maestro Raffi Armenian for Orchestra conducting. Lori Antounian has obtained her Orchestral Conducting degree from the Montreal Music Conservatory, under the supervision of Maestro Raffi Armenian.
In May 2009, Lori Antounian founded her own orchestra, the IMPERIAL ORCHESTRA and has performed many concerts in Montreal and its surroundings.
From November 2009 until June 2012, Lori Antounian was a music professor and choir conductor of a renowned Montreal music high school, Pierre-Laporte. Both her Imperial Orchestra and Pierre-Laporte’s Choirs have collaborated and performed many concerts together. From September 2012 until June 2014, Lori Antounian was a music teacher at Beaubois College.
Since September 2012, Lori Antounian is conducting the Paroisse St-Laurent Choir, in Montreal. Starting January of the year 2014, she became the conductor of the Groug Youth Choir in Montreal.
Lori Antounian has a broad repertoire encompassing classical, contemporary and folkloric music through symphonic and chamber orchestras and choirs.