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State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Sergey Smbatyan, conductor

Sunday, 13 March at 20:30

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Tom and Jerry – Introduction
Madagascar
Mulan
Beauty and the Beast
Toy Story
Pocahontas – Piano Solo
Aladdin
Kung Fu Panda
The Pink Panther
Cinderella
Tom and Jerry – Piano Solo
How to Train the Dragon
Anastasia
Monsters
The Prince of Egypt
Happy Feet 2
Lion King
The Emperor’s New Groove

State Youth Orchestra of Armenia
The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia was founded in 2005 by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, who is also its artistic director and principal conductor. Young and talented musicians’ maturity to follow the right path of life, diligence and devotion to art have smoothed their way for great stages and rapidly increasing international awards. In 2008 on the special decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia the Orchestra was granted the title of “State Orchestra” for their high professionalism and expansion of contemporary music.
The Orchestra has performed numerous concerts both in Armenia and beyond its borders. It has performed in the most famous concert halls in Germany, France, Russia, Belgium, China, Netherlands, Italy, Lebanon, Austria, Spain and other countries, such as Opera Garnier (Paris), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Dr. Anton Philipszaal (Hague), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), P.Tchaikovsky Philharmonic Concert Hall, Conservatory Great Concert Hall (Moscow), Musikverein (Austria), Royal Theatre of Madrid, etc.
The Orchestra always makes an indivisible part of prestigious international festivals, to name a few, “Moscow Easter Festival” (Moscow/Russia), “Young Euro Classic’’ (Berlin/Germany), “Kultursommer Nordhessen” (Kassel/Germany), “Young.Classic.Wratislavia” (Wroclaw/Poland), “Brucknerfest” (Linz/Austria)  and many others. SYOA has appeared as the official orchestra of such prestigious international musical events as the Aram Khachaturian International Competition (since 2007), the Musica Riva International Festival (2013, Riva del Garda/Italy), the 9th Frederic Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists (2014, Foshan/China), the Al Bustan International Festival (2014, 2015, Beirut/Lebanon) and many others.
With close-creative relations with the masters of the world stage, Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Spivakov, Maxim Vengerov, Denis Matsuev, Vadim Repin, Vahagn Papyan, Boris Berezovsky and many others, the Orchestra has reached new heights in the music industry.
Young musicians are persistent initiators of new musical projects and series of charitable activities both in Armenia and overseas. Thus, since 2010 under the high patronage of the RA President Serzh Sargsyan the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia has been holding the annual Armenian Composers’ Art Festival, and since 2013 with the support of the RA Ministry of Culture the Orchestra has been realizing the annual Aram Khachaturian International Festival. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia constantly presents new interesting projects, such as concert series entitled “Hollywood Non-Stop”, “Cartoon Non-Stop”, “Tour to…”, “SYOA Meets” and others. Another peculiar project is the regular series “Master Creates Masters”. Within the framework of the above mentioned project the world famous masters such as Valery Gergiev, Zakhar Bron and many others have already presented master-classes to young generation.
The Youth Orchestra is a member of a number of authoritative international organizations, such as the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO, 2009) and the International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA, 2013).
The wide repertoire of the Orchestra ranges from classical to contemporary genre. In 2011 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by the artistic director and principal conductor Sergey Smbatyan, released its first CD entitled “Music is the answer”. Recorded at Sony recording studio, the CD includes works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Eduard Hayrapetyan.

* 3rd appearance at the Al Bustan Festival

Sergey Smbatyan, conductor
Born 1987 in Yerevan – Armenia

Education
At the age of four he started to learn the violin and was first taught by his grandmother, later studying with Bagrat Vardanyan and Zakhar Bron.
Serguey Smbatyan showed great interest in conducting and started his studies at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, where he attended conducting lessons of Yuri Davtyan, and the legendary Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He graduated from both schools in 2009.

Orchestras

Sergey Smbatyan made his London conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in spring 2010 as part of HRH Prince Charles’ charity concert at Windsor Castle.
He conducted the orchestra again in 2011. The same year, he was selected to take part in the London Symphony Orchestra’s public master classes as part of the “LSO Discovery” program for young conducting talents. Within this program, Mr. Smbatyan worked with the LSO under the direction of Valery Gergiev and Sir Colin Davis. In addition, he has taken conducting lessons with Riccardo Muti, with the Dresdner Philharmonie in the Frauenkirche Dresden and at the Dvořák Prague Festival with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Venues and Orchestras
the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Opera Garnier in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the Tchaikovsky concert Hall in Moscow.
Collaboration
with Vladimir Spivakov, Vadim Repin, Krysztof Penderecki, Maxim Vengerov, Boris Berezovsky, Mikhail Simonyan and Denis Matsuev among others.

Awards
He has received a number of awards at international violin competitions in Japan, Romania and Italy.
Sergey Smbatyan is the co-founder of ACAF, the Armenian Composing Arts Festival. He also seeks active participation in charity projects, conducting at nursing houses, orphanages and universities throughout Armenia. In 2009 he founded the UNICEF Children Orchestra which gave numerous performances in Armenia and in Europe.

Activities
In 2005, when only 18 years old, Sergey Smbatyan founded the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, which consists of young talented students and post graduate students of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory,

  • 3rd appearance at the Al Bustan Festival