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The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra was created in 2005 by Sergey Smbatyan, the present Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra.

From the very onset of its existence, the orchestra has been home to bright and energetic musicians, assembled around the shared vision of amplifying the cultural awareness in Armenia and elevating the spiritual excellence of human nature by the power of classical music.

about
Over 50 concerts annually
about

The orchestra performs over 50 concerts annually, with a rich and multifarious repertoire covering multiple music genres and performance formats.

Today, the 15-year-old orchestra has accrued both local and international reputation for its orchestral virtuosity and performing precision and has been spotlighted with many uplifting reviews by renowned critics and art reviewers.

about

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has been hosted by many reputable concert halls around the world

Musikverein

Vienna

Musikverein image

Berliner Philharmonie

Berlin

Berliner Philharmonie image

Philharmonie Gasteig

Munich

Philharmonie Gasteig image

Grosses Festspielhaus

Salzburg

Grosses Festspielhaus image

Zaryadye Concert Hall

Moscow

Zaryadye Concert Hall image

Liederhalle

Stuttgart

Liederhalle image

Barbican Center

London

Barbican Center image

Dvorak Hall

Prague

Dvorak Hall image

The Great Hall of Conservatory

Moscow

The Great Hall of Conservatory image

Konzerthaus

Berlin

Konzerthaus image

Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie image

Brucknerhaus

Linz

Brucknerhaus image
Arvo Pärt Arvo Pärt
Tigran Mansuryan Tigran Mansuryan
Krzysztof Penderecki Krzysztof Penderecki
Giya Kanchelli Giya Kanchelli
Sir Karl Jenkins Sir Karl Jenkins
Qigang Chen Qigang Chen

It has been profiled a multitude of times with such world-class composers as Arvo Pärt, Tigran Mansuryan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Giya Kanchelli, Sir Karl Jenkins and Qigang Chen as well as a number of highly distinguished performing artists.

about
Artistic Director

Acclaimed as a cultural leader in his native Armenia and increasingly in demand on the international stage, Sergey Smbatyan is founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. In September 2019 he became Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra following highly successful tours of Germany, Austria and the United States, including performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall.

Music’s power to unite, heal and inspire has driven and sustained Smbatyan since childhood. His mature artistic vision combines lessons learned from the best traditions of Russian music-making and a profound personal commitment to transforming lives through the shared experience of performing and listening. The charismatic conductor’s reputation with fellow musicians and critics alike flows from his technical command, the intensity with which he shapes and communicates musical ideas, the intelligence of his programming, and the spiritual richness and depth of his interpretations.

Sergey Smbatyan was eighteen when he founded the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra in 2006. He has overseen its transformation since from youth ensemble into one of Armenia’s finest professional orchestras. They began 2020 with a landmark European tour, complete with debut appearances at Vienna’s Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus, the Barbican Hall in London, Moscow’s Zaryadye Concert Hall, the Gasteig Munich, Stuttgart’s Beethoven Hall and Prague’s Rudolfinum.

Smbatyan’s guest conducting career has flourished in recent seasons, leading to concerts with Sinfonia Varsovia, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and, among others, the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. He returns to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2021-22 season for a European tour comprising concerts at Wiesbaden’s Kurhaus and the Vienna Musikverein. His schedule also includes dates with the Malta Philharmonic, Russian National, Jerusalem Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras as part of the 2021 InClassica International Music Festival. Smbatyan will conduct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on its first UK tour in 2022/2023 season, presenting eleven concerts at leading venues in company with Maxim Vengerov as soloist.

Known for his imaginative programming, Smbatyan is a determined champion of new music and supporter of emerging talent. He is founder and artistic director of four music festivals in Armenia, Artistic Director of the Aram Khachaturian International Competition and, in October 2019, conducted the WTIC World Orchestra in the first ever concert of music composed by artificial intelligence (AI). His repertoire embraces everything from masterworks of the western symphonic literature to compelling scores by Armenian and other Eastern European composers, many of them commissioned by or specially written for him.

Born in Yerevan in 1987, Sergey Smbatyan showed exceptional musical promise as a child. He received his first violin lessons from his grandmother, Tatiana Hayrapetyan, and continued his training at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and with Zakhar Bron. He refined his conducting skills while studying for a PhD in fine arts at the Institute of Arts of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences and as a postgraduate student at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he gained invaluable insights into the conductor’s art from Sir Colin Davis.

Sergey Smbatyan’s list of awards and prizes includes the title of Honoured Artist of the Republic of Armenia, presented by the President of the Republic of Armenia in recognition for his promotion of Armenian music and culture. In 2014 he became the youngest ever worker in the field of the arts and the first Armenian to be appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

about
Composer in Residence

Alexey Shor was born in Kiev in 1970, immigrated to Israel in 1991, and now lives primarily in the USA. His compositions have been performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Wiener Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg), Kremlin Palace (Moscow), The Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Gasteig (Munich), Wigmore Hall (London), Teatro Argentina (Rome) and many others.

Concerts with his music have been broadcast on MediciTV, Mezzo and Euronews. The Overture to his ballet “Crystal Palace” was performed at the 40th Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony in London. In 2018 he has been awarded an honorary professorship at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. Mr. Shor’s scores are published by Breitkopf & Hartel and P.Jurgenson. CDs with his compositions have been issued by Warner Classics, DECCA, SONY Classics, Delos, Berlin Classics and Melodiya. Mr. Shor is the Composer-In-Residence for the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Academie, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Salomé Chamber Orchestra.

In 2017-2021 he is also a Composer-in-Residence of the Malta International Music Festival and PianoCompetition, as well as the preliminary competitions leading up to the final competitions in Malta (in 2018 and 2021).

Mr. Shor’s works have been performed by many internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles, for example (in alphabetical order), Salvatore Accardo, Anna Aglatova, Boris Allakhverdyan, Boris Andrianov, Nareh Arghamanyan, Guy Braunstein, Shirley Brill, David Aaron Carpenter, Ray Chen, Veronika Dzhioeva, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Alexander Ghindin, Andrei Ioniță, Anna Kasyan, Haik Kazazyan, Freddy Kempf, Khachaturian Trio, Alexander Kniazev, Philipp Kopachevsky, Denis Kozukhin, Victor Julien Laferrière, Ji Young Lim, Jan Lisitski, Daniel Lozakovich, Paul Meyer, Shlomo Mintz, Nikita Mndoyants, Andreas Ottensamer, Duo Paratore, Alexander Ramm, Vadim Repin, Alexander Romanovsky, Jonathan Roozeman, Karen Shahgaldyan, Alessandro Taverna, Maxim Vengerov, Trio Wanderer, Ingolf Wunder, Nikolaj Znaider and many others. He also holds a Ph.D. in mathematics.

about
Principal guest Conductor

An Italian conductor, Gianluca Marcianò, has been increasingly in demand since his opera debut with Croatian National Opera in 2007. Praised in The Sunday Times for his “unfailingly theatrical and idiomatic conducting”, Marcianò works with opera houses in Oviedo, Minsk, Ljubljana and Yerevan, as well as in the UK (English National Opera, Grange Park Opera and Longborough Opera).

He has conducted many operas all over the world, among others: La Traviata, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, La Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Alzira, Nabucco, Don Carlo, Eugene Onegin, Samson et Dalila and Madama Butterfly.

Marcianò is the Artistic Director of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut. He is also the founder and the Artistic Director of the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici and the Principal Guest Conductor of the National Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.

From 2011 to 2014 he held the position of Musical Director/Principal Conductor of the Tibilisi State Opera, where his opera performances included La Forza del Destino, Cavalleria Rusticana, Nabucco, Attila, Il Trovatore, Mitridate, Re di Ponto, and Aida. During his time in Zagreb as the main conductor, he conducted Nabucco, La Traviata, Turandot, Carmen, La Cenerentola and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In 2011 he conducted La Traviata at the Prague State Opera. From 2017 till 2019 Gianluca Marcianò was the Principal Conductor of Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.

As an orchestral conductor, Marcianò has worked with many great instrumentalists, such as: Elina Garanča, Sumi Jo, Simon Keenlyside, Sondra Radvanovsky, Olga Peretyatko, Danielle De Niese, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Arabella Steinbacher, Anna Tifu, Francesca Dego, Alexandra Soumm, Steven Isserlis, Boris Andrianov, Maria Joao Pires, David Geringas, Khatia Buniatishvili, Sergei Krylov, Nina Kotova, Giovanni Sollima, Sergei Nakariakov, Denis Kozhukin and Alexander Buzlov. His has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Georgian Philharmonic, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Oviedo Filarmonia, the Moscow City Russian Philharmonic, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Classica de Madeira, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, The World Orchestra, the Voivodina Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Marcianò recorded the CD “Momento Immobile” for Rubicon Classics with soprano Venera Gimadieva and the Hallé Orchestra.

Future engagements include: concerts with Kristine Opolais in Budapest and Gdansk, La Gioconda with Joseph Calleja for Grange Park Opera, La Traviata in Essen and Aida for Opera de Oviedo.

about
Artist in Residence

Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

Freddy has collaborated with conductors such as Järvi, Dutoit, Sawallisch, Sanderling, Chailly, Ashkenazy, Petrenko, Oramo, Davis, Belohlavek, Temirkanov, Altinoglu, and Dausgaard, and has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious musical institutions including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, the Tonhalle Orchester and the Dresden Philharmonic.

Most recent career highlights include Freddy’s debut at the BBC Proms, an extensive Asian tour including the Seoul Arts Centre and PyeongChang Music Festival in South Korea; the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore; and concerto appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic. A favourite touring artist, Freddy’s recent tours include a play/conducting tour across New Zealand with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and an extensive twelve-date tour with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra across the UK for which he received critical acclaim: Kempf is a pianist in a million… the incredible definition of Rachmaninov’s inner filigree which emerges all the clearer for a refusal to use the sustaining pedal to blur the sound… his colossal but perfect weight simply stuns. (The Arts Desk)

The 19/20 season began with a return to Japan where Freddy gave major recitals in Kanagawa, Tokyo and Osaka, and played Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 with Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. Later in the season, Freddy joined the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven Triple concerto. Freddy remained unusually active and managed to return to South Korea, the UK and Russia in spite of the covid 19 pandemic. The upcoming season’s highlights include Malta International Music Festival with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, International Pharos Chamber Music Festival, Philharmonisches Orchester Regensburg, Westdeutsche Sinfonia, Buxton International Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and a return to Armenian Philharmonic.

about

A remarkable chapter in the history of the orchestra was the 2020 European Tour with the renowned violin virtuoso and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra artist-in-residence Maxim Vengerov

His brilliant performances were hosted on famous stages around Europe-Berliner Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Barbican Center, Prague’s Dvorak Hall, Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus, Moscow’s Zaryadye Concert Hall and elsewhere.

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has a history of close relationships with world-scale artists, such as:

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev image

Vladimir Spivakov

Vladimir Spivakov image

Maxim Vengerov

Maxim Vengerov image

Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev image

Vadim Repin

Vadim Repin image

Vag Papian

Vag Papian image

Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky image

Zakhar Bron

Zakhar Bron image

Led by Sergey Smbatyan, the orchestra released its first CD under the title “Music is the Answer” in 2011. Recorded with the Sony records label, the CD includes works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Eduard Hayrapetyan.

disc
Music is the Answer
2011
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Dmitri Shostakovich
Eduard Hayrapetyan

Led by Sergey Smbatyan, the orchestra released its first CD under the title “Music is the Answer” in 2011. Recorded with the Sony records label, the CD includes works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Eduard Hayrapetyan.

about

Aside from the extensive concert activity in Armenia and overseas, the orchestra also enjoys recognition and is highly esteemed for its increasing role in educating young people in Armenia.

Since 2018, in the framework of DasA educational-cultural project the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has been sparking interest and liking for classical music in high-school students across Armenia, with an attempt to galvanize a larger movement for cultivating noble insights and taste for classical music among the young generation.

True to its commitment to foster access to classical music among all parts of the society and taking ownership of its social responsibilities, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra frequently organizes charitable events and special projects in an attempt to engage people from different communities in the cultural life that largely unfolds away from them.

A number of orchestra’s concerts have been broadcast by Medici.tv, Euronews, and Classic.fm. In 2019, a documentary was released by Mezzo TV, featuring Sergey Smbatyan and the history of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is represented worldwide by Only Stage.

about ARMSYMPHONY

about

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra was created in 2005 by Sergey Smbatyan, the present Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra.

From the very onset of its existence, the orchestra has been home to bright and energetic musicians, assembled around the shared vision of amplifying the cultural awareness in Armenia and elevating the spiritual excellence of human nature by the power of classical music.

about
Over 50 concerts annually
about

The orchestra performs over 50 concerts annually, with a rich and multifarious repertoire covering multiple music genres and performance formats.

Today, the 15-year-old orchestra has accrued both local and international reputation for its orchestral virtuosity and performing precision and has been spotlighted with many uplifting reviews by renowned critics and art reviewers.

about

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has been hosted by many reputable concert halls around the world

Musikverein

Vienna

Musikverein image

Berliner Philharmonie

Berlin

Berliner Philharmonie image

Philharmonie Gasteig

Munich

Philharmonie Gasteig image

Grosses Festspielhaus

Salzburg

Grosses Festspielhaus image

Zaryadye Concert Hall

Moscow

Zaryadye Concert Hall image

Liederhalle

Stuttgart

Liederhalle image

Barbican Center

London

Barbican Center image

Dvorak Hall

Prague

Dvorak Hall image

The Great Hall of Conservatory

Moscow

The Great Hall of Conservatory image

Konzerthaus

Berlin

Konzerthaus image

Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie image

Brucknerhaus

Linz

Brucknerhaus image
Arvo Pärt Arvo Pärt
Tigran Mansuryan Tigran Mansuryan
Krzysztof Penderecki Krzysztof Penderecki
Giya Kanchelli Giya Kanchelli
Sir Karl Jenkins Sir Karl Jenkins
Qigang Chen Qigang Chen

It has been profiled a multitude of times with such world-class composers as Arvo Pärt, Tigran Mansuryan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Giya Kanchelli, Sir Karl Jenkins and Qigang Chen as well as a number of highly distinguished performing artists.

about
Artistic Director

Acclaimed as a cultural leader in his native Armenia and increasingly in demand on the international stage, Sergey Smbatyan is founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. In September 2019 he became Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra following highly successful tours of Germany, Austria and the United States, including performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall.

Music’s power to unite, heal and inspire has driven and sustained Smbatyan since childhood. His mature artistic vision combines lessons learned from the best traditions of Russian music-making and a profound personal commitment to transforming lives through the shared experience of performing and listening. The charismatic conductor’s reputation with fellow musicians and critics alike flows from his technical command, the intensity with which he shapes and communicates musical ideas, the intelligence of his programming, and the spiritual richness and depth of his interpretations.

Sergey Smbatyan was eighteen when he founded the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra in 2006. He has overseen its transformation since from youth ensemble into one of Armenia’s finest professional orchestras. They began 2020 with a landmark European tour, complete with debut appearances at Vienna’s Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus, the Barbican Hall in London, Moscow’s Zaryadye Concert Hall, the Gasteig Munich, Stuttgart’s Beethoven Hall and Prague’s Rudolfinum.

Smbatyan’s guest conducting career has flourished in recent seasons, leading to concerts with Sinfonia Varsovia, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and, among others, the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. He returns to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2021-22 season for a European tour comprising concerts at Wiesbaden’s Kurhaus and the Vienna Musikverein. His schedule also includes dates with the Malta Philharmonic, Russian National, Jerusalem Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras as part of the 2021 InClassica International Music Festival. Smbatyan will conduct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on its first UK tour in 2022/2023 season, presenting eleven concerts at leading venues in company with Maxim Vengerov as soloist.

Known for his imaginative programming, Smbatyan is a determined champion of new music and supporter of emerging talent. He is founder and artistic director of four music festivals in Armenia, Artistic Director of the Aram Khachaturian International Competition and, in October 2019, conducted the WTIC World Orchestra in the first ever concert of music composed by artificial intelligence (AI). His repertoire embraces everything from masterworks of the western symphonic literature to compelling scores by Armenian and other Eastern European composers, many of them commissioned by or specially written for him.

Born in Yerevan in 1987, Sergey Smbatyan showed exceptional musical promise as a child. He received his first violin lessons from his grandmother, Tatiana Hayrapetyan, and continued his training at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and with Zakhar Bron. He refined his conducting skills while studying for a PhD in fine arts at the Institute of Arts of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences and as a postgraduate student at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he gained invaluable insights into the conductor’s art from Sir Colin Davis.

Sergey Smbatyan’s list of awards and prizes includes the title of Honoured Artist of the Republic of Armenia, presented by the President of the Republic of Armenia in recognition for his promotion of Armenian music and culture. In 2014 he became the youngest ever worker in the field of the arts and the first Armenian to be appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

about
Composer in Residence

Alexey Shor was born in Kiev in 1970, immigrated to Israel in 1991, and now lives primarily in the USA. His compositions have been performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Wiener Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg), Kremlin Palace (Moscow), The Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Gasteig (Munich), Wigmore Hall (London), Teatro Argentina (Rome) and many others.

Concerts with his music have been broadcast on MediciTV, Mezzo and Euronews. The Overture to his ballet “Crystal Palace” was performed at the 40th Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony in London. In 2018 he has been awarded an honorary professorship at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. Mr. Shor’s scores are published by Breitkopf & Hartel and P.Jurgenson. CDs with his compositions have been issued by Warner Classics, DECCA, SONY Classics, Delos, Berlin Classics and Melodiya. Mr. Shor is the Composer-In-Residence for the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Academie, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Salomé Chamber Orchestra.

In 2017-2021 he is also a Composer-in-Residence of the Malta International Music Festival and PianoCompetition, as well as the preliminary competitions leading up to the final competitions in Malta (in 2018 and 2021).

Mr. Shor’s works have been performed by many internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles, for example (in alphabetical order), Salvatore Accardo, Anna Aglatova, Boris Allakhverdyan, Boris Andrianov, Nareh Arghamanyan, Guy Braunstein, Shirley Brill, David Aaron Carpenter, Ray Chen, Veronika Dzhioeva, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Alexander Ghindin, Andrei Ioniță, Anna Kasyan, Haik Kazazyan, Freddy Kempf, Khachaturian Trio, Alexander Kniazev, Philipp Kopachevsky, Denis Kozukhin, Victor Julien Laferrière, Ji Young Lim, Jan Lisitski, Daniel Lozakovich, Paul Meyer, Shlomo Mintz, Nikita Mndoyants, Andreas Ottensamer, Duo Paratore, Alexander Ramm, Vadim Repin, Alexander Romanovsky, Jonathan Roozeman, Karen Shahgaldyan, Alessandro Taverna, Maxim Vengerov, Trio Wanderer, Ingolf Wunder, Nikolaj Znaider and many others. He also holds a Ph.D. in mathematics.

about
Principal guest Conductor

An Italian conductor, Gianluca Marcianò, has been increasingly in demand since his opera debut with Croatian National Opera in 2007. Praised in The Sunday Times for his “unfailingly theatrical and idiomatic conducting”, Marcianò works with opera houses in Oviedo, Minsk, Ljubljana and Yerevan, as well as in the UK (English National Opera, Grange Park Opera and Longborough Opera).

He has conducted many operas all over the world, among others: La Traviata, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, La Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Alzira, Nabucco, Don Carlo, Eugene Onegin, Samson et Dalila and Madama Butterfly.

Marcianò is the Artistic Director of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut. He is also the founder and the Artistic Director of the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici and the Principal Guest Conductor of the National Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.

From 2011 to 2014 he held the position of Musical Director/Principal Conductor of the Tibilisi State Opera, where his opera performances included La Forza del Destino, Cavalleria Rusticana, Nabucco, Attila, Il Trovatore, Mitridate, Re di Ponto, and Aida. During his time in Zagreb as the main conductor, he conducted Nabucco, La Traviata, Turandot, Carmen, La Cenerentola and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In 2011 he conducted La Traviata at the Prague State Opera. From 2017 till 2019 Gianluca Marcianò was the Principal Conductor of Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.

As an orchestral conductor, Marcianò has worked with many great instrumentalists, such as: Elina Garanča, Sumi Jo, Simon Keenlyside, Sondra Radvanovsky, Olga Peretyatko, Danielle De Niese, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Arabella Steinbacher, Anna Tifu, Francesca Dego, Alexandra Soumm, Steven Isserlis, Boris Andrianov, Maria Joao Pires, David Geringas, Khatia Buniatishvili, Sergei Krylov, Nina Kotova, Giovanni Sollima, Sergei Nakariakov, Denis Kozhukin and Alexander Buzlov. His has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Georgian Philharmonic, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Oviedo Filarmonia, the Moscow City Russian Philharmonic, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Classica de Madeira, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, The World Orchestra, the Voivodina Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Marcianò recorded the CD “Momento Immobile” for Rubicon Classics with soprano Venera Gimadieva and the Hallé Orchestra.

Future engagements include: concerts with Kristine Opolais in Budapest and Gdansk, La Gioconda with Joseph Calleja for Grange Park Opera, La Traviata in Essen and Aida for Opera de Oviedo.

about
Artist in Residence

Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

Freddy has collaborated with conductors such as Järvi, Dutoit, Sawallisch, Sanderling, Chailly, Ashkenazy, Petrenko, Oramo, Davis, Belohlavek, Temirkanov, Altinoglu, and Dausgaard, and has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious musical institutions including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, the Tonhalle Orchester and the Dresden Philharmonic.

Most recent career highlights include Freddy’s debut at the BBC Proms, an extensive Asian tour including the Seoul Arts Centre and PyeongChang Music Festival in South Korea; the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore; and concerto appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic. A favourite touring artist, Freddy’s recent tours include a play/conducting tour across New Zealand with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and an extensive twelve-date tour with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra across the UK for which he received critical acclaim: Kempf is a pianist in a million… the incredible definition of Rachmaninov’s inner filigree which emerges all the clearer for a refusal to use the sustaining pedal to blur the sound… his colossal but perfect weight simply stuns. (The Arts Desk)

The 19/20 season began with a return to Japan where Freddy gave major recitals in Kanagawa, Tokyo and Osaka, and played Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 with Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. Later in the season, Freddy joined the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven Triple concerto. Freddy remained unusually active and managed to return to South Korea, the UK and Russia in spite of the covid 19 pandemic. The upcoming season’s highlights include Malta International Music Festival with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, International Pharos Chamber Music Festival, Philharmonisches Orchester Regensburg, Westdeutsche Sinfonia, Buxton International Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and a return to Armenian Philharmonic.

about

A remarkable chapter in the history of the orchestra was the 2020 European Tour with the renowned violin virtuoso and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra artist-in-residence Maxim Vengerov

His brilliant performances were hosted on famous stages around Europe-Berliner Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Barbican Center, Prague’s Dvorak Hall, Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus, Moscow’s Zaryadye Concert Hall and elsewhere.

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has a history of close relationships with world-scale artists, such as:

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev image

Vladimir Spivakov

Vladimir Spivakov image

Maxim Vengerov

Maxim Vengerov image

Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev image

Vadim Repin

Vadim Repin image

Vag Papian

Vag Papian image

Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky image

Zakhar Bron

Zakhar Bron image

Led by Sergey Smbatyan, the orchestra released its first CD under the title “Music is the Answer” in 2011. Recorded with the Sony records label, the CD includes works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Eduard Hayrapetyan.

disc
Music is the Answer
2011
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Dmitri Shostakovich
Eduard Hayrapetyan

Led by Sergey Smbatyan, the orchestra released its first CD under the title “Music is the Answer” in 2011. Recorded with the Sony records label, the CD includes works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Eduard Hayrapetyan.

about

Aside from the extensive concert activity in Armenia and overseas, the orchestra also enjoys recognition and is highly esteemed for its increasing role in educating young people in Armenia.

Since 2018, in the framework of DasA educational-cultural project the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has been sparking interest and liking for classical music in high-school students across Armenia, with an attempt to galvanize a larger movement for cultivating noble insights and taste for classical music among the young generation.

True to its commitment to foster access to classical music among all parts of the society and taking ownership of its social responsibilities, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra frequently organizes charitable events and special projects in an attempt to engage people from different communities in the cultural life that largely unfolds away from them.

A number of orchestra’s concerts have been broadcast by Medici.tv, Euronews, and Classic.fm. In 2019, a documentary was released by Mezzo TV, featuring Sergey Smbatyan and the history of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is represented worldwide by Only Stage.