ProMusica Arizona appoints assistant orchestra conductor
NORTH VALLEY – After a regional search, ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra has named Arash Ertefai as assistant orchestra conductor. Ertefai earned both a Master of Music in Violin Performance and Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Northern Arizona University and was mentored by some of the field’s leading experts, including Neil Varon, Mark Gibson, Sasha Mäkilä, and Daniel O’Bryant.
“We are excited to have Arash join PMAZ’s artistic staff as assistant orchestra conductor,” said PMAZ Artistic Director Dr. Adam Stich. “Arash is an accomplished conductor, violinist and violist. He will be a wonderful addition to our ProMusica Arizona organization.”
Prior to joining ProMusica Arizona, Ertefai served as assistant conductor of the NAU orchestras and the NAU Academy orchestra. At NAU, he conducted full performances of four operas, including Le Nozze di Figaro and Trial by Jury, as well as many symphonic concerts. He has also conducted orchestras across the country and internationally including the Yakima (Washington) Symphony Orchestra, St. Michel Strings (Finland), Pärnu City Orchestra (Estonia) and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, among others.
Ertefai has performed with many of the orchestras throughout Arizona. He studied violin with Dr. Louise Scott and Shelley Rich at NAU, and has played in master classes for many leading musicians such as Elena Urioste, the Harlem Quarter, Fritz Gearhart, and Steven Moekel. He currently performs with the Zenith Quartet, which he founded in 2015 upon returning to the Phoenix area.