Ruben Gazarian is the General Music Director of the Theatre Altenburg Gera, starting with the 2020/2021 season.
In addition to that, he holds the position of the Principal Guest Conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia since March 2023.
Before that, he was for sixteen years – from 2002 to 2018 – the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the renowned Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn. Both the orchestra and the search committee elected him unanimously. In more than 860 concerts and 26 CD productions, he enriched the standard repertory of the orchestra by regularly expanding it to symphonic dimensions. In recognition of his achievements during the long Heilbronn tenure, he was awarded the Golden Coin of the city in 2018.
Parallel to his position in Heilbronn, at the beginning of 2015 Ruben Gazarian became principal conductor and artistic director of the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt. In the same manner, this appointment arose from the unanimous wish of the orchestra, its management and the cultural representatives of the city. Gazarian ended his Ingolstadt tenure in December 2020.
As guest conductor Ruben Gazarian has directed such renowned orchestras as Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Kassel State Theater Orchestra, Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Museum Orchestra (Frankfurt Opera Orchestra), Hessian State Orchestra Wiesbaden, Northwest German Philharmonic Herford, Orchestre National de Lyon, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Tel Aviv Opera Orchestra (Rishon LeZion Orchestra), Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and many others.
All German radio stations as well as Radio Svizzera Italiana, Radio France Musique, Radio Denmark (DR, Danmarks Radio) and several other European stations have recorded numerous of his concerts with various orchestras.
Gazarian works successfully with acclaimed musicians such as Khatia Buniatishvili, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Julia Fischer, Hilary Hahn, Katia & Marielle Labèque, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Sabine Meyer, Viktoria Mullova, Sergey Nakariakov, Gerhard Oppitz, Fazil Say, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Frank Peter Zimmermann, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Gewandhaus-Quartet and several others.
The rich discography of the past years documents the extent of Gazarians repertoire and the quality of his interpretations, born of meticulous rehearsal work, profound emotional understanding and firm mastery over a broad range of periods and styles.