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Summing up the 5th Khachaturian International Festival: Armenian composing and performing art were presented to the world via MEDICI.TV

12.12.2017

On December 11 the 5th Khachaturian International Festival summed up. The closing ceremony of the festival was just as impressive, as the start. The Gala concert was live streamed on the world’s leading classical music channel MEDICI.TV. MEDICI.TV’s permanent followers are over 500,000. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, presented compositions by two great representatives of the Armenian Composers’ School: the Symphony No. 3 by Avet Terterian and the Symphony No.2 “The Bell Symphony” by Aram Khachaturian. Summing up the 5th festival the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan noted that one of the peculiarities of the festival was the introduction of musical formats that were new to the world. ”We presented concert programs with contrasts (Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Schnittke, Mirzoyan, Terteryan, Khachaturian), and we have chosen everything carefully. We also demonstrated the high performing art of the orchestra. These two months of music and packed halls state the fact that the society has a desire to listen to good music”,-maestro Smbatyan noted. Sergey Smbatyan added that the live stream of the concert by MEDICI.TV is one of the major achievements of their big team. ”MEDICI.TV is the largest platform of classical music dictating high standards, musical principles, and it is a great victory to present on this channel Armenian program”,-maestro added. The Director of the HD Studio Karen Khachatryan was responsible for the live streaming. He noted that MEDICI.TV has specific requirements for content, shots, as well as artistic requirements. Karen Khachatryan […]

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The closing gala concert of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be live streamed on MEDICI.TV

05.12.2017

On December 11 the world’s leading classical music channel MEDICI.TV will live stream the closing gala concert of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. This is an exceptional event both in the musical life of Armenia and for the Khachaturian International Festival and the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Since 2008 MEDICI.TV provides the connoisseurs of the music with the opportunity to be part of the best classic performances. The concerts of the world’s best collectives, such as Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and other orchestras, the concerts of the most prestigious concert halls, festivals and competitions are broadcasted on this platform. MEDICI.TV has the largest library of classical music in the world. There are about 18000 programs (3000 original works), including concerts, ballets, operas and more. On December 11 the most demanding audience in the world will be able to communicate with the Armenian performing and composing art. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, will present the Symphony No. 3 by Avet Terterian and the Symphony No.2 “The Bell Symphony” by Aram Khachaturian. The live broadcast of the concert by MEDICI.TV implies great preparatory work. The TV Company has its clear criteria and the Khachaturian Festival organizational staff has been able to satisfy all of the requirements. Moreover, Armenia and Khachaturian Festival will be the first in the region to be presented to such a large audience. MEDICI.TV’s permanent followers are over 500,000.

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From medieval music to classic, jazz and rock: The Naghash Ensemble performed within the framework of the Khachaturian Festival

04.12.2017

On December 2 a unique project was held within the framework of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. Generally, the Khachaturian Festival is a platform where not only famous classical compositions are presented with classical traditional formats, but it also offers interesting projects, new concert repertoire. The next guest of the festival was the Naghash Ensemble with its unique concert program. In 2012, the Naghash Ensemble, created by composer, conductor, pianist John Hodian, expresses its unique style: the ensemble is open to different art interactions. The ensemble consists of three brilliant female vocalists and some of Armenia’s finest instrumentalists on duduk, oud, dhol and piano. Years ago John Hodian heard Hasmik Baghdasaryan singing at Garni Temple, and he decided to find some ways to combine this beautiful voice and modern musical expressions. And that path led him to the 15th century, when the medieval Armenian singer, artist Mkrtich Naghash lived and created his poems. John Hodian composed “Songs of Exile” series inspired by Mkrtich Naghash’s theme of alienation. The Armenian folk song, classical music, rock and jazz elements are combined in the series. The premiere of the orchestral version of the “Songs of Exile” was held within the framework of the Khachaturian Festival, with the participation of the the String Section of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. John Hodian composes in different styles and genres of music. Hodian finds it difficult to say what genre is preferable to him. “The compositions Naghash present are the most preferable to me,”-John Hodian noted. The Naghash Ensemble performs […]

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Premiere of “Babi Yar” by Shostakovich in Armenia

01.12.2017

On November 30 the Armenian premiere of the Symphony No.13 “Babi Yar” by Dmitri Shostakovich took place within the framework of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, presented this composition. The orchestra was joined by the soloist of the Hamburg State Opera Vladimir Baykov (bass) and Choir of Khachaturian International Festival (choirmaster: Radik Melikyan). The bases of the text of the “Babi Yar” were the five works by the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko: “Babi Yar”, “Humour”, “In the store”, “Fears”, “Career”. This symphony written for soloist, bass choir and orchestra in 1962 was a real reflection of the era: the composition was concentrated on the sad pages of those times, humorous and everyday chores, and all this is conveyed with a unique and high quality musical expression. The composer was inspired by Yevtushenko’s poem written on Babi Yar’s tragedy. In 1941 fascist troops captured Kiev, gathering all the Jews in the ravine of Baby Yar, under the pretext of evacuation, and about 30,000 people were shot dead in just one day. The great artists Yevtushenko and Shostakovich responded to this tragedy, and “Babi Yar” Symphony was written to commemorate all victims. Vladimir Baykov noted that he had only presented excerpts from this symphony. In Armenia, he performed the whole composition for the first time. By the way, this was Baykov’s second performance in Yerevan, he performed here for the first time 15 years ago, presenting Symphony No.14 by Dmitri Shostakovich with Araks Davtyan. Baykov noted that […]

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Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at Valletta’s St George’s Square headed by Sergey Smbatyan

28.11.2017

On December 15 the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will perform headed by the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. The concert will take place at Valletta’s St George’s Square (Malta). The first half of the concert will feature two works by the great Romantic-era composer, Felix Mendelssohn, starting with the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream which he wrote when he was just 17 years old. This will be followed up by Mendelssohn’s only Violin Concerto. The solo violin role will be taken up by the highly-acclaimed violinist Esther Yoo on the 1704 Stradivarius violin, which has been generously lent to her by a private collector. The music from what is arguably the world’s most popular ballet – Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker – will be the highlight of the concert. Sergey Smbatyan and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra had cooperated before. This year the orchestra performs headed by maestro Smbatyan for the second time. A warm bond has been established between the musicians and the conductor. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1968, celebrates its 50th anniversary next year and is the leading musical collective of the country, the bearer and the developer of the traditions of the Maltese performing art. It has annually about 70 concerts in Malta, as well as tours in other countries.

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World’s exceptional ensemble Otri Trio performed within the framework of the Khachaturian Festival

25.11.2017

On November 24 National Gallery of Art hosted chamber music evening. The Ensemble of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Otri Trio performed within the framework of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. The hall was crowded with connoisseurs of classical music, some of them were even standing. The exceptional trio comprised of Ruzanna Tovmasyan (flute), Anzhela Hovhannisyan (violin), Arevik Kosyan (viola) presented a new concert program to the audience. The audience enjoyed compositions by Joseph Haydn, Émile Waldteufel, Jan van Gilse, Jean Sibelius, Camile Saint-Saens, Maurice Ravel in the hall full of frescoes of Armenian medieval churches. The concert program included both premieres written for flute, violin, viola and arrangements. The arrangements were made by Anzhela Hovhannisyan (violin). The musicians noted that they updated the concert program, as they didn’t like to perform with the same compositions and they are for experiments and innovations. By the way their trio is also an innovation, as such ensemble with such instruments is unique in the world. Otri Trio promised to come up with more interesting projects. The musicians confessed that they wanted to perform George Gershwin’s compositions and to present the combination of improvised jazz and classical elements of European music by this well-known symphojazz composer. The musicians of the Otri Trio noted that they will have concerts of different formats in the future. They have some offers to perform abroad. By the way, the Facebook page entitled “Ludwig van Beethoven” asked them to share trio’s video, and it was well received, as it scored 200 000 views […]

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The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will have a concert in Moscow

15.11.2017

The Russian Federation is hosting the Days of the Armenian culture from November 14 to November 24. The Days are organized within the framework of the cooperation program 2016-2018 between RA and RF. Many collectives from Armenia will perform in the different cities of the RF, the exhibitions will be organized. On November 18 the Great Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory will host a concert entitled “The language of communication: Music”. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will perform headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, conductors Eduard Topchjan and Constantine Orbelian. Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello), Gevorg Hakobyan (baritone), Hasmik Torosyan (soprano), Suranush Gasparyan (soprano), Mihran Aghajanyan (tenor) will perform as soloists. The orchestra will present compositions by Armenian and Russian composers: Alexander Arutiunian, Barsegh Kanachyan, Tigran Tchoukhajian, Avet Terteryan, Arno Babajanyan, Aram Khachaturian, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The People’s Artist of the USSR, conductor Vladimir Spivakov is the honorable guest of the concert. The hosts of the evening are Sati Spivakova and Garik Martirosyan.

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David Nebel touched the Armenian audience with the wonderful performance of Krunk by Komitas

10.11.2017

On November 9 the 5th Khachaturian International Festival hosted famous Swiss violinist David Nebel. The musician and the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed Violin Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the best compositions of European classical music. Nebel also surprised the Armenian audience presenting Krunk (The Craine) by Komitas. “When I realized that I will be visiting Armenia I was searching for something to present. I heard this composition by Komitas and wanted to perform it. This is a unique piece!”,-Nebel noted. David Nebel was impressed by the cooperation with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. “Amazing audience! I was very excited to perform. I had good time in Armenia with amazing musicians and fantastic conductor. Sergey Smbatyan is fantastic conductor. Nowadays it’s hard to find someone like him. He is unique; it was pleasure and honor to perform with him. And the orchestra was absolutely fantastic! I would like to perform with them again!”,-Nebel noted. The musician added that he had known about the Khachaturian Festival before coming here, as many of his friends performed within the framework of the festival. He also added that Khachaturian is very famous in Switzerland, Europe and he had performed Violin Concerto by Khachaturian. The SYOA, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan also presented Symphony No.6 “Pathetique” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky during the evening. This is Tchaikovsky’s last symphony. The symphony is entitled “Pathetique”, and it states that the deep and universal themes of life and death are controversial in this composition. The premiere of this symphony took […]

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“Khachaturian meets jazz” is a project of international standards and should be presented all over the world

08.11.2017

On November 7 “Khachaturian meets jazz” project was presented within the framework of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and Armenian State Jazz Band performed jazz arrangements of Aram Khachaturian’s compositions. The arrangements were made by Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Armen Hyusnunts, Martin Ulikhanyan and Andranik Berberyan. Vahagn Hayrapetyan (piano) and Armen Hyusnunts (saxophone) performed as soloists. The orchestras performed under the direction of conductors Sergey Smbatyan and Armen Hyusnunts. The author of the idea, the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the SYOA Sergey Smbatyan noted that when they started the project they were thinking about how the audience will perceive the fusion of the Khachaturian’s music and jazz. However, in cooperation with our best jazz musicians, the idea was realized and was loved by the audience. “This is an important project with international standards. Khachaturian’s music has inspired many popular jazz musicians and we reserve the right to perform his music in a jazz format. And we maintained the principles of the academic formality”,-Sergey Smbatyan noted. Conductor Armen Hyusnunc added that Khachaturian’s music has been created on national basis. And if there is clear national basis, there must be jazz. So the idea and the jazz approach are justified! The pianist Vahagn Hayrapetyan hoped that the project will continue, and new arrangements and other elements, for instance folk instruments, will be included. Vahagn Hayrapetyan also mentioned that Khachaturian had made a great contribution to the development of jazz. This is also gratitude from jazz musicians to the great Armenian composer! Hayrapetyan is […]

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The SYOA performed during the concert of the duduk player Kamo Seyranyan

05.11.2017

The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed during the concert of the duduk player Kamo Seyranyan. On November 5 Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex hosted the concert of the duduk player Kamo Seyranyan. Forbidden Saints group and many world famous musicians arrived in Armenia to participate in the concert. Hover State Chamber Choir, the ballet group of the A. Spendiaryan National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Berd Dance Ensemble and the best masters of folk instruments performed for the public. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, performed familiar and popular compositions, revealing new colors in the music. The evidence of this is the audience’s enthusiasm and high mood, as well as the reaction of world-famous artists!

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