Born to a family of famous artists (Father - Theatre Director, Mother - Painter), it is no surprise that Harout Fazlian has become not only one of the leading musicians in Lebanon, but also, the most sought after Maestro in the Symphonic and Operatic life in Lebanon..
Harout Fazlian started his musical education at an early age in Beirut, studying the piano. In 1976 along with his family, he immigrated to Montreal, Canada and continued his musical studies there. In 1983 he travelled to Yerevan, Armenia to continue his formal education in Classical music. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees both with Honors in Symphony and Opera Conducting. Maestro Fazlian has Ph.D degree in Music Education.
Upon his return to Montreal in 1990, Maestro Fazlian started his journey in shaping his conducting career, conducting numerous concerts in Canada. In the early days of his career, he was appointed as Assistant Conductor to the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra. In 1992, he participated in the International Conductor’s Competition of Czech Music and won Second Prize. He was also presented with a Special Jury Prize for Best Interpretation of Dvořak’s “Carnival Overture” and Symphony No. 8..
In 1997, he moved back to Lebanon at the invitation of the then president of the National Conservatory of Music, Dr. Walid Gholmieh, to help in organizing the formation of the first Lebanese Symphony Orchestra. At once he started to obtain recognition in Lebanon by his work with several choirs and chamber orchestras.
Upon its foundation in 1999, Harout Fazlian was appointed one of the conductors of the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. Presently, he is the Principal Conductor of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra.
Harout Fazlian is a professor of music at Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik and Haigazian University where he educates and nurtures university students the value and the importance of classical music. In 2004, he established and organized the Music Department at Haigazian University.
His conducting career has seen him conduct concert in more than 20 countries around the world.
Harout Fazlian has also composed incidental music for theatre plays, TV programs and Film. In 2006 he was commissioned by the Committee of International Francophone Countries to compose music based on Nadia Tueni’s poems which was received with great acclaim.
In 2007 in collaboration with the Lebanese poet Henri Zogheib, translated into Lebanese Arabic Mozart’s Opera “Bastien and Bastienne”. Other than being his original idea, Maestro Fazlian adapted the translated text into the score and conducted the World Premiere with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra with an all Lebanese cast.
In 2009, he organized and conducted the concert at the Closing Ceremony of the VIemes Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut Lebanon.
In 2010, Harout Fazlian conducted his newly arranged complete version of Rimski-Korasakov’s “Scheherazade” at the Assilah Art Festival in Morocco. In his new concept, Fazlian incorporated traditional Middle Eastern Instruments alongside western classical instrument, achieving new colors and tones.
Since the year 2000, Harout Fazlian has been the Principal Conductor for the great Lebanese singer Julia Boutros. Since 2010, he has been the conductor to the Lebanese Diva Fairouz.
In 2011, Harout Fazlian conducted at the Baalbeck International Festival the musical play “From the Days of Salaheddine” which as a historic event since it was for the first time a Lebanese musical play was performed with a live orchestra. In 2012, at the Beiteddine Art Festival, the same achievement was repeated with the internationally renowned Caracalla Dance Theatre in the dance performance of “Once Upon a Time”. In 2014, at the Byblos International Festival, he conducted the concert of Marcel Khalife with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and an 80 piece choir which was the largest event in the festival’s history. In July 2015, he conducted the Musical / Theatrical piece “For You Baalbeck” at the Baalbeck International Festival.
Maestro Fazlian has been awarded with an Honorary Doctor’s Degree from The International Academy of Sciences of Nature and Society of Armenia and has also been awarded with a Certificate of Honors from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia.
In September 2015, the French Government honored and made Harout Fazlian “Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters”