Mr. Dolbashian has been with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra since 2002. Serving as the musical director and maestro, he helps continue to challenge and improve the orchestra with his high expectations and vast musical knowledge.
As an oboist, Mr. Dolbashian was a member of the Hartford (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony Woodwind Quintet for 10 years. He also served as principal oboist of the Hartford Chamber Orchestra. He subsequently received a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he studied under Otto Werner-Mueller.
Maestro Dolbashian received further training during several summer seasons at the Pierre Monteaux School of Conducting (directed by Maestro Charles Bruck) and at the Tanglewood Festival with renowned Maestros Leonard Bernstein, Andre Previn and Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Dolbashian made his solo oboe debut in New York City in 1969. His first position on the podium was conductor of the Holyoke Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts.
Director of Orchestras and Orchestra Conducting Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia since 1985, Edward Dolbashian leads the University Philharmonic. In addition to his positions at the University of Missouri and with our orchestra, Mr. Dolbashian was the music director of the Alton (Illinois) Symphony from 1998 until 2009 and has been the music director of the Compton Heights Concert Band of St. Louis since 1998. He conducts over 30 concerts a year with a diverse range of musical styles and venues. He has collaborated with guest artists such as William Warfield, Philip Quint, David Halen, Xiang Gao, Doc Severinson, Peter Nero and Arturo Sandoval.