Conservatory of Music
About Brian Torosian
Brian Torosian is an active soloist and chamber musician on guitar, lute, and mandolin. In addition to completing bachelor, masters, and doctoral studies at Northwestern University in guitar performance and composition, Brian studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy where he received Diplomas of Merit and an honorary scholarship. Besides performing on the standard six-string guitar, Brian also concertizes on replicas of a Baroque guitar, a Terz guitar, and a 10-string guitar, the latter two made for him by Richard Bruné after rare mid-19th-century Viennese instruments. Concert performances include appearances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, Ensemble Español, Concert Dance Inc., Waller and Maxwell Duo, His Majesties Clerkes, Ars Musica Chicago, North Suburban Symphony, and Classical Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Torosian serves on the faculty at DePaul University and directs the guitar program of Northeastern Illinois University, where he recently received Instructor Excellence Awards. Torosian's published editions include the first two of five volumes of J. K. Mertz's complete prodigious Opern-Revue, Mertz's chamber work for violin/flute, viola, and guitar Divertissement, Op. 32 (DGA Editions), an anthology of operatic concert works entitled Selected Operatic Fantasies of Mertz (Mel Bay Publications), as well as new editions of Mertz's selected works published by Chanterelle Verlag, Heidelberg.