Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Mr. Domenico Boyagian began his music studies at the age of 7. At the age of 15, he won first prize in his class in piano performance at the Conservatorio ”G. B. Martini” in Bologna, where he earned his first music degree.

After completing his studies at the Conservatorio, he left Italy to pursue musical opportunities in the United States.  Upon his arrival, he enjoyed continued success in the fields of piano performance and composition.  As a composer, he received numerous awards and scholarships, which helped fund his college education. As a pianist, he toured extensively, accompanying singers in concerts throughout Italy and in the Los Angeles area.  Mr. Boyagian’s conducting aspirations were realized when he was offered the position of assistant conductor in a production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in Assisi, Italy. This engagement led to work on productions of Puccini’s Tosca, Bizet’s Carmen and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.

Mr. Boyagian’s most recent engagements include conducting the Sofia National Orchestra in concerts featuring the music of Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel, Martucci and Petrassi.  He recently assisted Maestro Harry Davidson in a production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Haydn’s Lo Speziale at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also collaborated on a unique project involving students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Accademia Nazionale of Santa Cecilia in Rome: a memorial concert honoring the victims of 9/11. The concert aired on RAI 1, Italy’s national TV channel.

In the Summer of 2009 Mr. Boyagian will conduct the Sofia National Orchestra in concerts at the Teatro de’ Rozzi in Siena, Italy. He will also assist Maestro Paolo Olmi in a special concert dedicated to the Pope at the Vatican.

He holds Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from California State University, Northridge and the Conservatorio "G. B. Martini” in Bologna, Italy. He has studied with Carl Topilow and Louis Lane. He has also worked with several distinguished mentors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Larry Rachleff, Alexander Mickelthwate, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Donald Portnoy.