Born to a family of famous artists, it is no surprise that Harout Fazlian has become not only one of the leading musicians in Lebanon, also, the much admired and respected maestro in the symphonic and operatic life in Lebanon.
Maestro Fazlian started his musical education at an early age in Beirut, studying the piano and violin. In 1976, 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. During his 7 years of intense musical education, Harout Fazlian received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees both with Honors in Symphony and Opera Conducting. Maestro Fazlian has PhD degree in Music Education.
Upon his return to Montreal in 1990, Maestro Fazlian started his journey in shaping his conducting career. In the early days of his career, he was appointed as Assistant Conductor to the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra. In1992, 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 1996, Maestro Fazlian moved back to Lebanon to give his share in rebuilding his homeland specifically in the field of the Arts. At once Maestro Fazlian started to obtain recognition in Lebanon by his work with several choirs and with his teaching post as professor in the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music.
Upon its foundation in 1999, Maestro Fazlian was appointed one of the conductors of the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra where he still gives regular concert with great acclaim. In 2004, he joined the Haigazian University family as professor of Music and has also helped informing and establishing its Music Department.
Fazlian's 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 Bastien and Bastienne Complete Opera. 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.
Maestro Fazlian has performed several high profile concerts in the UAE, namely, the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards and the “Mubadala” Formula One Gala Events.
In 2010, Harout Fazlian conducted his newly arranged complete version of Rimski-Korasakov’s “Scheherazade” in 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 2000, Harout Fazlian has been the Principal Conductor for the great Lebanese singer Julia Boutros. In 2010, Maestro Fazlian conducted the much anticipated concerts of the Lebanese Diva Feyrouz.
In 2011, Harout Fazlian conducted at the Baalbeck International Festival the musical play “From the Days of Salaheddine” which was a historic event since it was for the first time a Lebanese musical play was performed live. In 2012, at the Beiteddine Festival, the same feat was repeated with the internationally renowned Caracalla Dance Theatre in the dance performance of “Once Upon a Time”.
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.