Peter Oundjian conducts at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. Photo by Michael Ensminger/Colorado Music Festival.

In last Tuesday’s (7/2) Denver Post, Ray Mark Rinaldi writes, “This week’s opening of the 2024 Colorado Music Festival comes with the announcement that music director Peter Oundjian has signed a new, five-year contract, extending a collaboration with the Boulder-based concert presenter that dates back to 2018. It is very big news indeed; perhaps historic. Remember that Oundjian is also the principal conductor with the Colorado Symphony in Denver where he takes up the baton for key performances and helps guide the programs that the ensemble plays over the course of its entire season. The maestro has been there full-time since 2022 and it is, by nearly all accounts, such a happy relationship that he is likely to remain there for years to come. Oundjian’s deep involvement with two of the top three classical entities in the state (let’s say the third is the Aspen Music Festival, artistically speaking), and over such a long period of time, makes it hard to imagine another individual who will have more personal influence over classical music in Colorado in the first half of the 21st century…. He helmed the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 14 years, part of a podium career that has had him working with top-level orchestras across several continents.”