Edward Ananian-Cooper is an Australian conductor with a double Masters from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in Orchestra and Choral conducting. He studied with Leif Segerstam, Atso Almila, Markus Lehtinen and Matti Hyökki, and spent a semester at the Zürich University of the Arts with professor Johannes Schlaefli. He has recently worked with Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Wegelius Strings, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra STORIA, and the NYKY contemporary music ensemble and has also performed with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), Jyväskylä Sinfonia (Finland), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Plzen Opera (Czech Republic) and the Ruse Philharmonic (Bulgaria). Further masterclasses have been with Sir Roger Norrington, Herbert Blomstedt, Oliver Knussen, Hannu Lintu, Osmo Vänskä and Christopher Seaman with various orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Pori Sinfonietta (Finland), Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand) and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Australia). Ananian-Cooper is in demand as an opera and oratorio conductor and recent performances include Kalevi Aho’s Frida y Diego (premiere), Paolo Rosato’s Lars Cleen (premiere), Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Monteverdi’s Ulisses, Händel’s Theodora, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and he recently debuted in Berlin with a performance of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Edward has also directed Händel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Faltin’s rarely performed Conferment Cantata. Edward sings with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in Vienna, the Helsinki Chamber Choir and the English Vocal Consort of Helsinki. He is currently the artistic director and conductor of Jubilate chamber choir.