The All Armenian Orchestra, headed by Sergey Smbatyan, will perform a piece from Orca Symphony No.1 by Serj Tankian during its concert on April 24 at A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre. This piece has never been performed in Armenia before. The Orchestra will present Act 4, entitled ”Lamentation of the Beached”. In a video world known musician says, ”It’s an honor for me to have my symphony Orca played and recorded by the Pan Armenian Orchestra on April 24 in Yerevan. This is “Lamentation of the Beached”. Enjoy!”. You can watch the video via this link https://www.facebook.com/SergeySmbatyanOfficial/videos/1425528840824327/
On April 23 the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan will conduct the Münchner Symphoniker in Germany. The first cooperation-concert of the conductor and the orchestra is entitled “Friendship”. The concert program will include compositions by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. The soloists Mari Samuelsen (violin) and Håkon Samuelsen (cello) will perform with the orchestra. Sergey Smbatyan will also conduct the Münchner Symphoniker on April 28.
On April 11 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed within the framework of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland. Headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan the Youth Orchestra presented compositions by Aram Khachaturian, Ghazaros Sarian, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. The president of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association Elżbieta Penderecka noted that the concert proved that there is a great orchestra in Armenia headed by wonderful conductor Sergey Smbatyan. “Not only Polish, but also international music lovers enjoyed the concert”,- she said. The Ambassador of Armenia to Poland Egdar Kazaryan noted that he felt pride, joy, excitement, as the the Polish audience was presented an Armenian classical music by the talented young musicians, and the concert was accompanied by the storm of applause. The concert of the orchestra was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Poland and the 650th anniversary of Armenian community in Poland. The concert was held under the high patronage of the First Lady of the Republic оf Armenia Rita Sargsyan and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA. The soloists Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello) and Jarosław Nadrzycki (violin) performed with the orchestra.
On April 11 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will perform within the framework of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland. Headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan the Youth Orchestra will present Symphonic Images by Ghazaros Sarian, Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra by Aram Khachaturian (soloist – Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello), Symphony suite “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (soloist: Jarosław Nadrzycki (violin). The concert devoted to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Poland and the 650th anniversary of Armenian community in Poland will take place at Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. The concert is held under the high patronage of the First Lady of the Republic оf Armenia Rita Sargsyan and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA. The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival is one of the leading festivals of the classical world. This year it will be held from April 2 to April 14. The Youth orchestra will present the same concert program also on April 12 at Centrum Spotkania Kultur in Lublin.
On April 6 ahead of the concerts within the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed with a concert for the Armenian audience. Headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan SYOA presented Symphonic Images by Ghazaros Saryan, Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra by Aram Khachaturian (soloist: Bartosz Koziak, cello/Poland), symphony suite “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (soloist: Elena Korjenevich, violin/Russia). The concert was dedicated to the Day of Motherhood and Beauty. Cellist Bartosz Koziak mentioned that this concert marked his second collaboration with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. 3 years ago while performing within the framework of the “Days of Penderecki” in Yerevan, Bartosz first met the orchestra. This time the soloist performed the Concert-Rhapsody by Khachaturyan. “I highly appreciate the cooperation with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, the musicians perform harmoniously with the soloist”,- shared Mr. Bartosz. Erik Manukyan, the violinist of SYOA noted that the orchestra musicians are preparing enthusiastically for the Beethoven Easter Festival. Though they had already toured to Poland before, the performance at Easter Festival will be a premiere. “This is rather responsible mission to represent the Armenian culture abroad, within the framework of the world’s leading musical event” – noted Mr. Manukyan. The concert of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia was broadcast online on LiveList.
On March 24 the music hall of the Russian scientific and educational center hosted “Otri” Trio – the ensemble of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. The trio is comprised of the laureates of international and republican competitions Ruzanna Tovmasyan (flute), Anzhela Hovhannisyan (violin) and Arevik Kosyan (viola). Classical music lovers enjoyed pieces by Bach, Dvorak, Reger, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Bagdasaryan and Komitas, both written for this musical staff and arranged by the trio musicians. The format of the trio is exceptional for Armenia: in contrast to the classical piano trio, this collective includes wind and string instruments. Violinist Anzhela Hovhannisyan notes that the trio is performing at the Russian scientific and educational center for the first time. “The concert became a kind of dialogue with the audience, as along with the musical performances we presented some information on the ensemble, its creative path, development, also we shared our plans for the future”,- Anzhela noted.
The last concert of the 8th Armenian Composer’s Art Festival, dedicated to Haro Stepanyan, one of the most famous Armenian composers, was held on February 28. Within two weeks of the festival the audience enjoyed chamber music and symphonic pieces by Haro Stepanian, as well as compositions by different generations of Armenian composers. During the closing concert of the festival the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed excerpts from the ballet “Second Moon” by Vache Sharafyan, Concerto for Piano by Edward Hayrapetyan (world premiere) – soloist Nareh Argamanyan (Austria) and Second Symphony, entitled “Human Destiny” by John Ter-Tadevosyan (dedicated to Edward Mirzoyan). Pianist Nara Argamanyan notes that it is a great honor for her to perform a concert of one of the best composers of our time – Edward Hayrapetyan. Argamanyan met the composer in June 2016. Her decision to perform the Concert was made at the very time. Such a chance was given by Festival of the Armenian composer’s art! The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan noted that the Armenian Composer’s Art Festival brings together our best composers and soloists. According to Maestro, the greatest achievement of this initiative is the creation of new musical values – new pieces by contemporary composers created especially for the festival. “The festival is held under the patronage of the President. This fact gives us a confidence that our activity is highly appreciated,”- Sergey Smbatyan says, adding that over the last 7 years the Armenian Composer’s Art Festival has […]
The Gala Concert of the 8th Armenian Composer’s Art Festival – Haro Stepanyan- Fest will be held on February 28, at 19:00 at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. Headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will present compositions by Vache Sharafyan, Eduard Hayrapetyan, John Ter-Tatevosyan. The soloist of the concert is the famous pianist Nareh Arghamanyan. Moreover, for the first time in Armenia the live broadcast of the concert can be followed on the famous LiveList.com, the #1 source for live streaming concerts worldwide! Our music can reach far beyond the stage where it’s being played. The website provides an exceptional chance to everybody to watch the anticipated concerts from every corner of the world. It presents only the best concerts to the audience from classical to pop (Berliner Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta, Serj Tankian, Adele, Celine Dion, Maroon 5 etc). Link to the online streaming https://www.livelist.com/shows/gala-concert-of-the-8th-armenian-composers-art-festival-haro-stepanyan-fest
In the framework of the 8th Armenian Composer’s Art Festival- Haro Stepanian-Fest another evening of chamber music was held on February 24 at the Aram Khachaturian House-Museum. In the program of the concert were included the following works written by Haro Stepanian: 4 Pieces for Flute and Piano Trio and Elegy for Violin, Cello and Piano, it is worthwhile to mention that the both compositions were performed for the first time. During the evening the works of Ashot Zohrabyan, Sergey Umroyan, Harutyun Dellalyan, Zhirayr Shahrimanyan also were performed. The ensemble of the SYOA Sarian String quartet- Erik Manoukyan (first violin), Ani Adikyan (second violin), Yelena Hayrapetyan (viola), David Pichikyan (cello), and pianists Shogher Hoveyan and Shoghakat Vardanyan performed for the audience. Speaking about Haro Stepanyan Honored Artist of Culture of RA, Professor of the Yerevan State Conservatory Nelly Avetisyan said that he had a significant contribution to the development of national culture, had created a variety of works, including 5 operas, three symphonies, oratorios, quartets, chamber music, vocal works, more than 120 songs and romances. In 1938-48 Haro Stepanyan was the president of the Union of composers of the Armenian Soviet Republic, also member of the Supreme Council of the Republic, associate professor of the conservatory. He was awarded the State Prize, the title of Honored Artist of Culture, People’s Artist of the USSR, etc. His music has been performed less and especially less in the recent years, so the festival, which is dedicated to the 120thanniversary of the composer, presents his works that became a phenomenon, the […]
On February 24, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by Sergey Smbatyan, performed during the “Haykyan 2016” Award Ceremony. The organizer of the event is the Youth Foundation of Armenia. The aim of the annual award is to activate student self-governing structures, to encourage student initiatives, to raise the degree of integration of the youth in the sphere of science, to deepen international cooperation and to develop activities in youth policy. Jointly with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia the Military Band of the Armenian Army performed at the Al Spendiaryan National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Well known artists Shushan Petrosyan, Hayko, Andre, Sona Rubenyan, Leyla Saribekyan, Vahagn Hayrapetyan and others performed as the soloists. The evening was attended by the President of the RA Serzh Sargsyan.