State Armenian Youth Orchestra
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 the art had a significant contribution to the establishment of the Orchestra. Musicians are full of energy and purposefulness thus smoothing way for great stages and rapidly increasing international awards. The orchestra performed with numerous concerts both in Armenia and beyond its borders. It has managed to enjoy popularity and high appraisal of the audience in the most prestigious concert halls in Germany, France, Russia, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and other countries. Headed by Sergey Smbatyan the orchestra has performed in such famous concert halls as Opera Garnier (Paris), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Dr. Anton Philipszaal (Hague), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), P.Tchaikovsky Philharmonic Concert Hall and Conservatory Great Concert Hall (Moscow), etc. With close-creative relations with the masters of the world stage Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Spivakov, Grigori Zhislin, Maxim Vengerov, Denis Matsuev, Vadim Repin, Vahagn Papyan, Boris Berezovsky and many others the orchestra has reached new heights in the music industry.Since 2007 SYOA has been the official orchestra of Aram Khachaturian International Competition. 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. Since 2009 SYOA has been a member of European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO).The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia honourably justifies its existence. Young musicians are persistent initiators of series of charitable activities in Armenia and overseas. They always make an indivisible part of prestigious international festivals, to name a few, “Moscow Easter Festival” (Moscow), “YOUNG.EURO.CLASSIC’’ (Berlin), ''Odessa meets friends'' (Odessa), "Kultursommer Nordhessen" (Kassel), "Young.Classic.Wratislavia" (Wroclaw) and many others. On the 20th Anniversary of the RA Independence the Orchestra started a concert tour around Europe. Performing multi genre playlist by Armenian, Russian and west-European composers, the musicians once again inspired the audience by their professionalism. The wide repertoire of the orchestra ranges from classical to contemporary genre. Starting from 2010 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia has been holding the Armenian Composers’ Art Festival under the high patronage of the RA President. In 2011 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by the artistic director and principal conductor Sergey Smbatyan, released its first CD under the title "Music is the answer". Recorded at "Sony DADC" recording studio the CD includes works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Eduard Hayrapetyan. The CD is also available on iTunes.In 2012 personally by the RA President Serzh Sargsyan the Orchestra was awarded the prize “Haykyan” established by the Youth Foundation of Armenia and was recognized the best in the category “Organization, which best represented cultural values among young generation”.In 2013 during the Musica Riva International Festival State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed with the pianist Aldo Ciccolini.In March of 2014 the Orchestra was invited to be the official orchestra of the Al Bustan International Festival in Lebanon, where the SYOA musicians performed with world’s renowned artists, such as Antonio Meneses (cello), Gianluca Marciano (conductor), etc.