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About ARMSYMPHONY

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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

Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan is the Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is a symphony orchestra performing internationally to great acclaim. Under Smbatyan’s artistic direction, its players are energetic, enthusiastic musicians with the shared objective of raising cultural awareness in Armenia and pursuing spiritual excellence through classical music.

Smbatyan has presented the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the Malta Philharmonic throughout Europe, Russia and the United States. Performances include Vienna’s Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus, London’s Barbican Centre, the Gasteig Munich, Rudolfinum in Prague, Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory and New York’s Carnegie Hall where he made his debut at the age of 28.

Born in Yerevan, Smbatyan was first introduced to music by his grandmother, the violinist and teacher Tatyana Hayrapetyan, who gave him violin lessons from an early age. He later studied at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan and the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, receiving lessons from Bagrat Vardanyan and Zakhar Bron. Whilst studying for a PhD in Fine Arts in Yerevan with Yuri Davtyan, Smbatyan developed his passion and conducting skills working with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra which he founded aged 18. As a conductor, Smbatyan has been significantly influenced by his lessons with Riccardo Muti and Sir Colin Davis which he undertook during his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

A winner of multiple European conducting and violin competitions, Smbatyan has developed an international reputation that includes guest conducting engagements at the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, and many others.

In 2015, Smbatyan became the youngest recipient of the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He was presented with the award by the French Minister of Culture attended by Krzysztof Penderecki and Charles Aznavour, among other guests of honour. Two years later, as commendation for his promotion of Armenian music and culture, the President of the Republic of Armenia presented Smbatyan with the title of Honoured Artist of the Republic of Armenia.

Smbatyan’s championing and commissioning living composers, promoting cultural heritage and developing new audiences are central to his artistic life and are reflected in his work as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Armenian Composing Art Festival; the “Contemporary Classics” Composers’ Festival; the “Armenia” International Music Festival; the Khachaturian International Festival. The latter has its distinct positioning in Smbatyan’s cultural activities as a calling card for the Armenian performing arts. These values also define his work as Artistic Director of the Khachaturian International Competition.

Smbatyan deeply believes that only culture can shape our future and unite everyone by spreading harmony and peace. This is the main message conveyed in the orchestras he has founded: 24/04 World Orchestra, the “Generation of Independence” All-Armenian Choir and Orchestra and the Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra. Smbatyan’s passionate advocacy for increasing the level of cultural education and engagement, and social responsibility among young people was fulfilled by founding the UNICEF Children’s Chamber Orchestra and DasA, an innovative high school-based project that offers students hands-on experience of making classical music.

A recognised pioneer in the uses of AI and other technologies in classical music, Smbatyan has developed multiple collaborations with leading institutions. As part of the 2019 World Congress of Information Technology he conducted the first-ever concert of music written live by AI. An audience of over 75,000 people watched the open-air concert performed by the WCIT World Orchestra, a specially created orchestra of players from the fifteen countries that had ever hosted the Congress.

A creative concert programmer, Smbatyan has worked with the world’s leading soloists and actors including John Malkovich who performed and toured with him several projects in Latin America, Asia and Armenia including narrating excerpts from The Book of Lamentations by Armenian poet Grigor Narekatsi.

Smbatyan’s discography is rich and includes many recordings for ArmSymphony Records including Khachaturian’s Symphony No.2, The Bell, which was made to celebrate the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra’s 15th anniversary. A particular focus of Smbatyan’s recording activities is contemporary music which he primarily records with the Armenian State Symphony and Malta Philharmonic orchestras, alongside other orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra.

Future performances include concerts with both the Armenian State Symphony and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestras throughout the United Kingdom in the 2022-23 concert season.

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.

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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.

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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

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Vladimir Spivakov

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Maxim Vengerov

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Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev image

Vadim Repin

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Vag Papian

Vag Papian image

Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky image

Zakhar Bron

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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.

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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.

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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

Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan is the Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is a symphony orchestra performing internationally to great acclaim. Under Smbatyan’s artistic direction, its players are energetic, enthusiastic musicians with the shared objective of raising cultural awareness in Armenia and pursuing spiritual excellence through classical music.

Smbatyan has presented the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the Malta Philharmonic throughout Europe, Russia and the United States. Performances include Vienna’s Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus, London’s Barbican Centre, the Gasteig Munich, Rudolfinum in Prague, Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory and New York’s Carnegie Hall where he made his debut at the age of 28.

Born in Yerevan, Smbatyan was first introduced to music by his grandmother, the violinist and teacher Tatyana Hayrapetyan, who gave him violin lessons from an early age. He later studied at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan and the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, receiving lessons from Bagrat Vardanyan and Zakhar Bron. Whilst studying for a PhD in Fine Arts in Yerevan with Yuri Davtyan, Smbatyan developed his passion and conducting skills working with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra which he founded aged 18. As a conductor, Smbatyan has been significantly influenced by his lessons with Riccardo Muti and Sir Colin Davis which he undertook during his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

A winner of multiple European conducting and violin competitions, Smbatyan has developed an international reputation that includes guest conducting engagements at the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, and many others.

In 2015, Smbatyan became the youngest recipient of the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He was presented with the award by the French Minister of Culture attended by Krzysztof Penderecki and Charles Aznavour, among other guests of honour. Two years later, as commendation for his promotion of Armenian music and culture, the President of the Republic of Armenia presented Smbatyan with the title of Honoured Artist of the Republic of Armenia.

Smbatyan’s championing and commissioning living composers, promoting cultural heritage and developing new audiences are central to his artistic life and are reflected in his work as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Armenian Composing Art Festival; the “Contemporary Classics” Composers’ Festival; the “Armenia” International Music Festival; the Khachaturian International Festival. The latter has its distinct positioning in Smbatyan’s cultural activities as a calling card for the Armenian performing arts. These values also define his work as Artistic Director of the Khachaturian International Competition.

Smbatyan deeply believes that only culture can shape our future and unite everyone by spreading harmony and peace. This is the main message conveyed in the orchestras he has founded: 24/04 World Orchestra, the “Generation of Independence” All-Armenian Choir and Orchestra and the Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra. Smbatyan’s passionate advocacy for increasing the level of cultural education and engagement, and social responsibility among young people was fulfilled by founding the UNICEF Children’s Chamber Orchestra and DasA, an innovative high school-based project that offers students hands-on experience of making classical music.

A recognised pioneer in the uses of AI and other technologies in classical music, Smbatyan has developed multiple collaborations with leading institutions. As part of the 2019 World Congress of Information Technology he conducted the first-ever concert of music written live by AI. An audience of over 75,000 people watched the open-air concert performed by the WCIT World Orchestra, a specially created orchestra of players from the fifteen countries that had ever hosted the Congress.

A creative concert programmer, Smbatyan has worked with the world’s leading soloists and actors including John Malkovich who performed and toured with him several projects in Latin America, Asia and Armenia including narrating excerpts from The Book of Lamentations by Armenian poet Grigor Narekatsi.

Smbatyan’s discography is rich and includes many recordings for ArmSymphony Records including Khachaturian’s Symphony No.2, The Bell, which was made to celebrate the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra’s 15th anniversary. A particular focus of Smbatyan’s recording activities is contemporary music which he primarily records with the Armenian State Symphony and Malta Philharmonic orchestras, alongside other orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra.

Future performances include concerts with both the Armenian State Symphony and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestras throughout the United Kingdom in the 2022-23 concert season.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.