The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (previously: the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia) has entered the year 2018 with great enthusiasm after being renamed. The orchestra continues its activities. With this new status the collective will be presenting new programs, will have tours and interesting initiatives, and all these projects will be dedicated to the preservation and development of the Armenian musical traditions. The first tour of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO), headed by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, will take place on March 28 in Germany, at the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie, the most prestigious cultural project of the century. The Elbphilharmonie is located in one of Europe’s largest cities, Hamburg, on the shore of Elba. Today it is one of Europe’s most popular tourist and cultural hubs. The Elbphilharmonie reminiscent of a floating vessel on the water is a unique structure with innovative architectural solutions.This multifunctional building with millions of visitors is distinguished by the concert halls built with best standards and with great acoustics. The world’s best orchestras, conductors and artists, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestras, Semyon Bychkov, Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Thomas Hengelbrock, Richard Galliano, John Malkovich, Vadim Repin, Gidon Kremer, Gautier Capuçon and more perform with concerts here. The Elbphilharmonie presents music of different genres and styles, from symphonic concerts and operas to jazz, modern improvisations, and electronic music. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra will present Armenian music at the Elbphilharmonie. During the first part of the […]
The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey Smbatyan’s first concert in 2018 will take place on January 1. He will participate in Crans-Montana Classics 6th New Year Gala Concert (Switzerland). The Orchestra of the Cameristi della Scala from Milan will play under the direction of Sergey Smbatyan. During the festive evening the orchestra will present a spectacular program. The orchestra and pianist Jan Lisiecki will perform compositions by Frederic Chopin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Georges Bizet, Sergei Prokofiev. And, of course, according to the tradition, Sergey Smbatyan will also present Armenian composing art during the concert. The orchestra will perform fragments from the compositions by Aram Khachaturian. Crans-Montana is a Swiss famous mountain resort, where Crans-Montana Classics is known for its classical music concerts with world-famous musicians and soloists. Master classes are also held during the festival. Those master classes aim to stimulate and help the musicians of the new generation.
On December 25 the last concert of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia in 2017 took place at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. It should be noted that on December 24 by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia has been renamed to the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. During the evening Argentine tango and Italian music was presented by Italian bandoneon and accordion player Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. The concert was organized by Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and VivaCell-MTS. Before the concert the briefing of the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey Smbatyan noted and VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian took place. Sergey Smbatyan noted that the collective is excited as they had got a new status. The conductor added that the orchestra had a vision what to do in 5, 10 years, “The classical music always needs support. Recognizing the importance of the valuable art in the life of the society and its educational role, VivaCell-MTS makes invaluable contribution to the preservation and development of the culture. VivaCell-MTS’s efforts are highly appreciated both by professionals, musicians and by the connoisseurs of the art”,-the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan noted. VivaCell-MTS General Manager congratulated Sergey Smbatyan and the orchestra for the new status and added that the collective is worth the change. “ “The audience expects to hear you not only in our country, but also abroad. You have been able to […]
Famous accordion and bandoneon player Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, who is the most anticipated musician among the Armenian connoisseurs of the music, has arrived in Yerevan. On December 25 the Italian musician will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia presenting new concert program. Pietrodarchi and SYOA will perform compositions by the king of the Argentine tango Astor Piazzolla. The audience will also enjoy compositions by Tommaso Ziliani, Roberto Di Marino, Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Carlos Gardel. Mezzo-soprano Sofia Tumanyan will also perform during the evening. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia has prepared this beautiful surprise for the music lovers jointly with its general partner VivaCell-MTS. In a briefing in the airport Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi noted that he comes to our country with great joy, he loves Armenia, the Armenian audience, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and Sergey Smbatyan. “I love this orchestra and what they do. They are young and work hard and are constantly improving. And it is a great pleasure for me to play with them!”,-the musician noted and added that the orchestra performs in a fantastic way! Composer Tommaso Ziliani has also arrived in Armenia with Pietrodarchi. His composition will be presented to the Armenian audience on December 25. Full concert halls, standing ovations and encores! Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi’s last concert with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia was an emotional one! It lasted for about an hour longer than planned. The audience enjoyed Pietrodarchi’s performances and wanted to hear his music more. The musician enjoyed an exceptional warm atmosphere of […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]