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Now a celebrated symphony orchestra at home and overseas, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra emerged from a group of devout enthusiasts of classical music with the shared vision of championing spiritual excellence through music and upholding the musical traditions of their native Armenia.

Over 50 concerts annually

The orchestra performs over 50 concerts in Armenia and across the world annually. The rich and diverse repertoire of the orchestra covers multiple genres and performance formats, ranging from symphonies to ballet and opera music to symphonic arrangements of popular and cinematic music or jazz interpretations of classical music.

Along with recurrent debut performances of great masterpieces from the world heritage of classical music, the orchestra places a considerable importance in exposing contemporary and young composers as well, featuring new works in its mainstream programming.

about

Reputed to have finely distinct quality of sound and emotionally charged performance style, the orchestra has long become an awaited guest in leading 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

Dubai Opera House

Dubai

Dubai Opera House image

Together with its Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Sergey Smbatyan, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has established four annual classical music festivals, hosting in Armenia a multitude of internationally renowned virtuoso performers and conductors over years.

Maxim Vengerov

Maxim Vengerov image

Andreas Ottensamer

Andreas Ottensamer image

Gautier Capucon

Gautier Capucon image

Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham image

Hannu Lintu

Hannu Lintu image

John Malkovich

John Malkovich image

Joseph Calleja

Joseph Calleja image

Mikhail Pletnev

Mikhail Pletnev image

Mischa Mayski

Mischa Mayski image

Sergey Khachatryan

Sergey Khachatryan 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

The orchestra treasures years of friendship and cooperation with remarkable contemporary composers․

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 with the orchestra, including performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall.

Armed with the experience of building a symphony orchestra from scratch, Sergey Smbatyan has created four other orchestras in recent years. In 2015 he founded the 24/04 Orchestra to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide and the “Generation of Independence” All-Armenian Choir and Orchestra to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. He also founded the UNICEF Children’s Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Pan‑Armenian Symphony Orchestra, an initiative intended to unite Armenians around the world. The remit of his work as educator and innovator extends to "DasA", a high school project offering a close-up experience with classical music.

Sergey 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, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and, among others, the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. He returned to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2021/2022 season for a European tour comprising concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie and the Vienna Musikverein and is set to direct the օrchestra’s first UK tour in the 2022/2023 season.

about
Composer in Residence

Alexey Shor was born in Ukraine 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 and Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Shor’s works have been performed by many internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles, for example (in alphabetical order), Behzod Abduraimov, Salvatore Accardo, Anna Aglatova, Boris Allakhverdyan, Boris Andrianov, Nareh Arghamanyan, Alena Baeva, Andrey Baranov, Marc Bouchkov, Guy Braunstein, Shirley Brill, Gautier Capuçon, David Aaron Carpenter, Ray Chen, Stella Chen, Jasmine Choi, Francesca Dego, Sergei Dogadin, Veronika Dzhioeva, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Remi Geniet, Alexander Ghindin, Andrey Gugnin, Andrei Ioniță, Steven Isserlis, Anna Kasyan, Haik Kazazyan, Freddy Kempf, Khachaturian Trio,Vadym Kholodenko, Alexander Kniazev, Evgeny Kissin, Philipp Kopachevsky, Denis Kozukhin, Sergey Krylov, Victor Julien Laferrière, Ji Young Lim, Jan Lisitski, Daniel Lozakovich, Paul Meyer, Shlomo Mintz, Fumiaki Miura, Nikita Mndoyants, Andreas Ottensamer, Duo Paratore, Mikhail Pletnev, Costanza Principe, Alexander Ramm, Vadim Repin, Alexander Romanovsky, Jonathan Roozeman, Gil Shaham, Karen Shahgaldyan, Zia Hyunsu Shin, Yeol Eum Son, Alessandro Taverna, Maxim Vengerov, Trio Wanderer, Ingolf Wunder, Nikolaj Znaider and many others.

about
Composer in Residence

Valentin Silvestrov was born in Kiev in 1937. He started studies of music at the age of fifteen first as self-learner, and then, between 1955-58, went to an evening music school. From 1958 to 1964 he studied composition and counterpoint with Boris Lyatoshinsky and Lev Revutsky respectively at Kiev Conservatory. He has been a freelance composer in Kiev from 1970 to 2022, fled from Ukraine in 2022 to Germany and currently lives in Berlin.

Silvestrov is considered one of the leading representatives of the "Kiev avant-garde", which came to public attention around 1960 and was violently criticized by the proponents of the conservative Soviet musical aesthetic. In the 1960s and 1970s his music was hardly played in his homeland, while premieres, if given at all, were heard only primarily in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), or in the West.

In recent decades he has dispensed with the conventional compositional devices of the avant-garde and discovered a style comparable to western "post-modernism". The name he has given to this style is "metamusic", a shortened form of "metaphorical Music". In a certain sense, "metamusic" stands for a universal style and a universal language. Since 2001/02, Silvestrov has again been working with small forms and "pure" melodies, composing numerous cycles ("families", "colonies") for various small instrumentations (more than 260 cycles for piano solo): waltzes, lullabies, postludes, nocturnes, barcaroles, pastorals, serenades. Since 2005, Silvestrov has again increasingly devoted himself to choral music, particularly to sacred choral music which, however, is not intended for liturgical use.

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Principal guest Conductor

The Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò has been increasingly in demand since his opera debut with Croatian National Opera in 2007. Marcianò works with opera houses in Oviedo, Minsk, Ljubljana and Yerevan, as well as in the UK.

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 Tbilisi 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: Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Arabella Steinbacher, Anna Tifu, Francesca Dego, Steven Isserlis, Maria Joao Pires, David Geringas, Khatia Buniatishvili, Sergei Krylov, Sergei Nakariakov, Denis Kozhukhin and others.

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 Moscow City Russian Philharmonic, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and many others.

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

By virtue of its belief in the meaningful dialogue between classical music and modern technology, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is profiled as a highly tech-driven and innovative orchestra, with a perpetual pursuit of experimental diversity by leveraging AI and other high-tech solutions in its novel artistic endeavors.

The orchestra has a growing input in the education of young people in Armenia. Launched in 2018, the DasA project strives to incite curiosity, understanding and liking for classical music among high school students. The DasA project aims to popularize high quality art and provoke positive transformation in the young generation’s attitude towards music. Aside from the DasA project, master classes with prominent artists are held frequently for young musicians as well.

With a committed awareness of its social responsibility, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra ensures the cultural engagement of vulnerable social groups by regularly issuing invitations and making available complimentary attendances to the orchestra’s performances, along with holding charity concerts for fundraising purposes.

About ARMSYMPHONY

about

Now a celebrated symphony orchestra at home and overseas, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra emerged from a group of devout enthusiasts of classical music with the shared vision of championing spiritual excellence through music and upholding the musical traditions of their native Armenia.

Over 50 concerts annually

The orchestra performs over 50 concerts in Armenia and across the world annually. The rich and diverse repertoire of the orchestra covers multiple genres and performance formats, ranging from symphonies to ballet and opera music to symphonic arrangements of popular and cinematic music or jazz interpretations of classical music.

Along with recurrent debut performances of great masterpieces from the world heritage of classical music, the orchestra places a considerable importance in exposing contemporary and young composers as well, featuring new works in its mainstream programming.

about

Reputed to have finely distinct quality of sound and emotionally charged performance style, the orchestra has long become an awaited guest in leading 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

Dubai Opera House

Dubai

Dubai Opera House image

Together with its Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Sergey Smbatyan, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has established four annual classical music festivals, hosting in Armenia a multitude of internationally renowned virtuoso performers and conductors over years.

Maxim Vengerov

Maxim Vengerov image

Andreas Ottensamer

Andreas Ottensamer image

Gautier Capucon

Gautier Capucon image

Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham image

Hannu Lintu

Hannu Lintu image

John Malkovich

John Malkovich image

Joseph Calleja

Joseph Calleja image

Mikhail Pletnev

Mikhail Pletnev image

Mischa Mayski

Mischa Mayski image

Sergey Khachatryan

Sergey Khachatryan 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

The orchestra treasures years of friendship and cooperation with remarkable contemporary composers․

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 with the orchestra, including performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall.

Armed with the experience of building a symphony orchestra from scratch, Sergey Smbatyan has created four other orchestras in recent years. In 2015 he founded the 24/04 Orchestra to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide and the “Generation of Independence” All-Armenian Choir and Orchestra to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. He also founded the UNICEF Children’s Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Pan‑Armenian Symphony Orchestra, an initiative intended to unite Armenians around the world. The remit of his work as educator and innovator extends to "DasA", a high school project offering a close-up experience with classical music.

Sergey 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, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and, among others, the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. He returned to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2021/2022 season for a European tour comprising concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie and the Vienna Musikverein and is set to direct the օrchestra’s first UK tour in the 2022/2023 season.

about
Composer in Residence

Alexey Shor was born in Ukraine 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 and Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Shor’s works have been performed by many internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles, for example (in alphabetical order), Behzod Abduraimov, Salvatore Accardo, Anna Aglatova, Boris Allakhverdyan, Boris Andrianov, Nareh Arghamanyan, Alena Baeva, Andrey Baranov, Marc Bouchkov, Guy Braunstein, Shirley Brill, Gautier Capuçon, David Aaron Carpenter, Ray Chen, Stella Chen, Jasmine Choi, Francesca Dego, Sergei Dogadin, Veronika Dzhioeva, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Remi Geniet, Alexander Ghindin, Andrey Gugnin, Andrei Ioniță, Steven Isserlis, Anna Kasyan, Haik Kazazyan, Freddy Kempf, Khachaturian Trio,Vadym Kholodenko, Alexander Kniazev, Evgeny Kissin, Philipp Kopachevsky, Denis Kozukhin, Sergey Krylov, Victor Julien Laferrière, Ji Young Lim, Jan Lisitski, Daniel Lozakovich, Paul Meyer, Shlomo Mintz, Fumiaki Miura, Nikita Mndoyants, Andreas Ottensamer, Duo Paratore, Mikhail Pletnev, Costanza Principe, Alexander Ramm, Vadim Repin, Alexander Romanovsky, Jonathan Roozeman, Gil Shaham, Karen Shahgaldyan, Zia Hyunsu Shin, Yeol Eum Son, Alessandro Taverna, Maxim Vengerov, Trio Wanderer, Ingolf Wunder, Nikolaj Znaider and many others.

about
Composer in Residence

Valentin Silvestrov was born in Kiev in 1937. He started studies of music at the age of fifteen first as self-learner, and then, between 1955-58, went to an evening music school. From 1958 to 1964 he studied composition and counterpoint with Boris Lyatoshinsky and Lev Revutsky respectively at Kiev Conservatory. He has been a freelance composer in Kiev from 1970 to 2022, fled from Ukraine in 2022 to Germany and currently lives in Berlin.

Silvestrov is considered one of the leading representatives of the "Kiev avant-garde", which came to public attention around 1960 and was violently criticized by the proponents of the conservative Soviet musical aesthetic. In the 1960s and 1970s his music was hardly played in his homeland, while premieres, if given at all, were heard only primarily in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), or in the West.

In recent decades he has dispensed with the conventional compositional devices of the avant-garde and discovered a style comparable to western "post-modernism". The name he has given to this style is "metamusic", a shortened form of "metaphorical Music". In a certain sense, "metamusic" stands for a universal style and a universal language. Since 2001/02, Silvestrov has again been working with small forms and "pure" melodies, composing numerous cycles ("families", "colonies") for various small instrumentations (more than 260 cycles for piano solo): waltzes, lullabies, postludes, nocturnes, barcaroles, pastorals, serenades. Since 2005, Silvestrov has again increasingly devoted himself to choral music, particularly to sacred choral music which, however, is not intended for liturgical use.

about
Principal guest Conductor

The Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò has been increasingly in demand since his opera debut with Croatian National Opera in 2007. Marcianò works with opera houses in Oviedo, Minsk, Ljubljana and Yerevan, as well as in the UK.

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 Tbilisi 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: Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Arabella Steinbacher, Anna Tifu, Francesca Dego, Steven Isserlis, Maria Joao Pires, David Geringas, Khatia Buniatishvili, Sergei Krylov, Sergei Nakariakov, Denis Kozhukhin and others.

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 Moscow City Russian Philharmonic, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and many others.

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

By virtue of its belief in the meaningful dialogue between classical music and modern technology, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is profiled as a highly tech-driven and innovative orchestra, with a perpetual pursuit of experimental diversity by leveraging AI and other high-tech solutions in its novel artistic endeavors.

The orchestra has a growing input in the education of young people in Armenia. Launched in 2018, the DasA project strives to incite curiosity, understanding and liking for classical music among high school students. The DasA project aims to popularize high quality art and provoke positive transformation in the young generation’s attitude towards music. Aside from the DasA project, master classes with prominent artists are held frequently for young musicians as well.

With a committed awareness of its social responsibility, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra ensures the cultural engagement of vulnerable social groups by regularly issuing invitations and making available complimentary attendances to the orchestra’s performances, along with holding charity concerts for fundraising purposes.