Samvel Chilingarian is a performing violinist, educator and conductor. After his studies at the California State University Northridge and the University of Missouri Kansas City, Mr. Chilingarian moved to Vienna to continue his studies in authentic performance and conducting. In 1994 Mr. Chilingarian was invited to conduct the Linz Summer Festival Youth Orchestra. Since his return to L.A., Mr. Chilingarian’s focus has been to bring spirited and passionate music to young musicians. Mr. Chilingarian is the Artistic Director and conductor of the Verdugo Youth Orchestra (VYO) and the VYMA Music Project at Longfellow, an El Sistema inspired program in Pasadena. The project was launched after his visit to Venezuela in December 2008 for a 15-day study of the famed El Sistema. In 2007, the VYO was invited by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the International Youth Orchestra Festival. Mr. Chilingarian has actively participated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic YOLA initiative since 2007 as a stakeholder and recently was featured as a guest speaker. Mr. Chilingarian currently serves on the faculty of East LA College and continues to perform with the award winning Elixir Piano Trio.