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“A painful lesson”. John Malkovich laid flowers in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide

10.10.2017

World famous actor John Malkovich wrote “A painful lesson” brief note in the memorial book of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. On October 10 John Malkovich, the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan and the guests of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival visited Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial, got acquainted with the exhibits, with history, then laid flowers in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. “I’m not sure whether I can say more than it has been said. This is just a painful lesson about what people do, what terrible thing they are able to do for absolutely stupid reasons ”, -Malkovich told reporters, adding that he is shocked by what he has seen and heard in the museum. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be launched with the participation of John Malkovich on October 11, at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Accompanied by the orchestra the American actor will perform as a narrator. The audience will be suggested to taste “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke. Pianist Anastasya Terenkova will perform as a soloist. Inspired by attitude of the Armenian fans and our hospitable country, John Malkovich prepared surprise specially for the Armenian audience. He will present expert from the “Book of Lamentations” by Gregory of Narek.

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Famous Hollywood actor John Malkovich is already in Armenia

10.10.2017

Famous Hollywood actor John Malkovich is already in Armenia. Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia on October 11 at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall within the framework of the 5th Khachaturian International Festival. “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly will be presented with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke. The orchestra will perform headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. “We presented this composition in Seoul for the first time, with Korean Chamber Orchestra, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. We recently had a tour in Europe. Sergey, pianist Anastasya Terenkova and me had concerts in Argentine”,-John Malkovich noted during his press conference in Yerevan. Hollywood actor added that he had friends by Armenian origin in many countries; Sergey Smbatyan is also one of his friends. He noted that he was looking forward to visiting Armenia. Malkovich confessed that he isn’t familiar with Armenian history. “I know about Genocide. What can I say about it? People are capable of terrible actions”,-Malkovich noted.

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John Malkovich sent a video message to the Armenian public: “I am looking forward to see you” (video)

30.09.2017

Hollywood legend John Malkovich is looking forward to his Armenian concert. He has sent a video message to the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan and Armenian audience, and he is talking about the concert. “Hello, Sergey, it’s John Malkovich. I am here in quite rainy San Sebastian, in the best country – in Spain. I am going to see you soon. I look forward to that. We are coming into Yerevan I think throughout the 9th, and the show is on 11th. But anyway really looking forward to it! Hope to see you very soon. Chao”,-one of the greatest artists of our  generation noted in a video message. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be launched with the participation of John Malkovich on October 11, at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Accompanied by the orchestra the American actor will perform as a narrator. The audience will suggested to taste the fantastic fusion of literature and music: “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke. The official partner of John Malcovich’s exclusive concert is the legendary Ararat Armenian brandy. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Hovhannes Aivazovsky. The festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. It is implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the State […]

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Hollywood star legendary John Malkovich will perform at the opening ceremony of Khachaturian International Festival

25.09.2017

The 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be launched with the participation of Hollywood legend John Malkovich on October 11, at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. John Malkovich and conductor Sergey Smbatyan has collaborated before successfully performing on the same stage in Seoul (2015) and in Buenos Aires (2016). Armenians will have the opportunity to communicate with the art of the world-famous actor thanks to Sergey Smbatyan. The official partner of John Malcovich’s exclusive concert is the legendary Ararat Armenian cognac. American actor, producer, director, screenwriter John Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Accompanied by the orchestra John Malkovich will perform as a narrator. The audience will suggested to taste the fantastic fusion of literature and music: “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke, one of the most eminent musical figures of the second half of the XX century. Soloist pianist – Anastasya Terenkova. The multi-genre program of the Khachaturian International Festival featuring symphonic and chamber concerts and numerous premieres will accompany the connoisseurs of classical music up to December 11, the Closing Ceremony. The program will include such long awaited projects as the Orca Symphony No. 1 by Serj Tankian and “Khachaturian meets jazz” concert series, as well as famous artists: pianists Gloria Campaner, Hayk Melikyan, Levon Karapetyan, violinists Davit Nebel, Marc Bouchkov, bass Vladimir Baykov are to be hosted under the festivals umbrella. The 5th Khachaturian International Festival is […]

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Concert, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of “Armenians by origin” program

20.09.2017

On September 19 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by Sergey Smbatyan, performed at K. Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex within the framework of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference. The concert was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of “Armenians by origin” program. Famous musicians from Armenia and abroad Michel Legrand, Gor Sujyan, Sevak Khanagyan and others performed with the Orchestra. The evening was attended by politicians, priests, guests, participants of Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference.  

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5th Khachaturian International Festival will be dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Aivazovsky

20.09.2017

On October 11 the 5th Khachaturian International Festival will be launched. This year the festival is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Hovhannes Aivazovsky. The connoisseurs of classical music will enjoy numerous symphonic and chamber concerts within the framework of the Khachaturian International Festival for two months (until December 11). Premieres are expected too. Orca Symphony No. 1 by Serj Tankian, favorite “Khachaturian meets jazz” concert project and many other interesting programs will be presented. Famous artists, such as pianists Gloria Campaner, Hayk Melikyan, Levon Karapetyan, violinists Davit Nebel, Marc Bouchkov, soloist Vladimir Baykov (bass) will perform for the audience. Within the framework of the Khachaturian Festival concerts abroad will be organized. Kaunas Philharmonic Hall (Lithuania) will host a concert of the laureates of the 13th Khachaturian International Competition -Julietta Aleksanyan (soprano), Azamat Zheltyrguzov (baritone), Gagik Vardanyan (baritone). The festival will unite collectives from Armenia and abroad. Hover State Chamber Choir, Mediterranean Trio, Armenian Jazz Band, Ensembles of the State Youth Orchestra will perform for the audience. As always everyone can watch the concerts of the Khachaturian Festival via khachaturianfestival.com website. The festival is held under the high patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. It is implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (General Partner of the Orchestra – VivaCell-MTS), with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA, the “Khachaturian” Foundation and the European Foundation for Support of Culture. More information about the festival on our official website khachaturianfestival.com  

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The Pan-Armenian Orchestra, headed by Sergey Smbatyan, will perform at the most prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Awards

11.09.2017

On September 13 the Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, will perform at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017, the most famous and prestigious event. Gramophone is the most significant classical music award, the same as the Oscar is in the field of cinema, the Nobel prize is in the field of science and the Booker prize in the field of literature. Gramophone Awards celebrate the very best of the last year of classical music. Performing out of the competition, the Pan-Armenian Orchestra will join some of the biggest names in classical music as Gramophone Award winners past and present take to the stage to celebrate the 40th anniversary of these prestigious awards. In previous years, Gramophone Awards ceremonies were conducted by famous conductors like Sir Colin Davis, Sir Antonio Pappano and others. This year’s honor is reserved for maestro Sergey Smbatyan, who studied with Sir Colin Davis in London. For the second year running, the ceremony will be live-streamed on medici.tv, so classical music lovers from all around the globe will have the opportunity to watch all of the performances, acceptance speeches. The glittering event will take place in the stunning venue of Northumberland Avenue, London. James Jolly, Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief, says that they are delighted to be joined by the Pan-Armenian Symphony orchestra, comprised of the Armenian musicians from the best orchestras all over the world. “The Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra will add a truly international dimension to the event. And we also look forward to some Armenian orchestral music during the course of the evening played by people […]

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I will play Bach Sarabande and we will pray together for the peace in this sunny region

13.07.2017

“It’s a great pleasure for me to be in this stage where the best artists always play. I’m thankful to my good friend Maestro Sergey Smbatyan for giving me this opportunity to be on this stage together with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia”,-said Maxim Vengerov, the world famous violinist to the audience and he received a standing ovation yesterday evening. The artist was in Yerevan to perform for the gala-concert of Armenia International Music Festival and Competition. “Take my congratulations for the conclusion of the first Armenia Festival-Competition which is famous hereinafter. This is not just a Competition-Festival, but a good platform for the artists. Today we met the winners of the competition and I hope we’ll hear those names which will shine in near future. As a bis I will play Bach Sarabande and we will pray together for peace in this sunny region”,-said Vengerov and gave an unforgettable sounds to the audience who didn’t want to leave the hall. Maxim Vengerov and the State Youth Orchestra together opened the concert with the, Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” Symphonic Poem. Under the audience’s countinous applaud Maxim Vengerov came to the stage.  The conductor of the concert was Sergey Smbatyan. The musicians played the “Violin Concerto” of Brams and the the “Lonely Sail” of Alexey Shor, the composer-in-residence of the festival Sergey Smbatyan, the artistic director of the festival says the concert is a great success for them. Armenia competition and festival is coming to the end, Maestro Vengerov is in Armenia. All […]

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The names of the winners of first Armenia International Music Competition are announced

12.07.2017

Today the winners of the first Armenia International Music Competition were announced. The first prize winner is Hripsime Ahgaqaryan (Armenia), the second prize winner is Khachik Andreasyan (Armenia), the third prize winner is Dominik Wizjan (Poland), as well as the special prize winner is Seolhwa Kim (South Korea). Besides the winners two more participants were granted vouchers of participation for Malta International Piano Competition in April, 2018. The chairman of jury Armen Babakhanyan mentioned, that their expectations were fulfilled. “I’m satisfied with the results. I was among the jurors of many competitions, but this group of jury was different: their work, their approach to every contestant was unique. Our opinions about performers coincided in 95% occasions. Our choice of the winner was consentaneous and that was a fantastic result. The jurors were the representatives of different schools. Despite this they were judging the performances according to their professionalism”,-said Babakhanyan. Kostantin Ishkhanov, the president of the European Foundation for Support of Culture, thinks that the competition was held on  very high level. “I’m very glad that such famous artists came to Armenia and performed here. The best 5 participants of the competition will have an opportunity to go to Malta and to take part in the Piano competition, in 2018. The prize fund is quite tangible -hundred thousand Euros for the First Prize and the total prize fund is two hundred thousand Euros. I hope that the participants of Armenian competition will do their best in Malta.” The First Prize winner Hripsime Aghaqaryan is a student […]

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Maxim Vengerov: ”The ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition is unique”

11.07.2017

A press conference dedicated to the 1st ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition took place on July 11, 2017. The Artistic Director of the ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition Sergey Smbatyan and famous violinist, Maxim Vengerov, who won the Grammy award twice summed up the festival and competition. On July 12 Vengerov will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. Maxim Vengerov noted that there have been lots of musical festivals, but ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition is unique. ”There are lots of festivals in the world, but a festival-competition format is special for the young performers. I am glad for my participation”. Vengerov added that he had heard about the ”Armenia” International Festival and Competition in different countries (France, Germany) and from various sources and it is a great pleasure for him to be part of this festival. Vengerov noted that it is always great honor to visit and perform in Armenia. ”I am glad to communicate with such a musician as my dear friend Sergey Smbatyan. He is full of new ideas. It’s a real  miracle what Sergey Smbatyan has done with the Youth Orchestra. I remember when I conducted the Youth Orchestra, I took with me their enthusiasm, sincerity which was in every note”. Answering to the question of the journalist Vengerov added that he was going to learn Violin concerto by Khachaturian. ”Some years ago I tried to learn it, but for some reason it was out of the program. Everything is ahead, as Violin Concerto […]

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