“The conductor led the orchestra with an uncommon attention to detail, skillfully guiding the musicians through the whole performance.
His hands were clear and precise; this was a performance of great dignity and nobility. A highly successful and passionate performance!”
(Hessisch Niedersächsische Allgemeine)
Young Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan is the principal conductor and music director of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO), previously being the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. He founded the orchestra when he was only 18 years old. Under his leadership, SYOA received invitations to internationally renowned festivals and major venues.
Highlights of his career include performances with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the DSO Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic at the 19th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, the Korean Chamber Orchestra with the world renowned actor John Malkovich at the Seoul Arts Center. The collaboration with the Korean Chamber Orchestra continued later in Moscow with soloist Pinchas Zukerman, in Boston and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Recent highlights also included his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and the “LSO Discovery” concert. He conducted the joint gala concert with the renowned artist Maxim Vengerov at Windsor Castle for HRH Prince Charles “Princes Trust” event. After the great success the concert was repeated at Buckingham Palace in 2011 where he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra again.
In April 2017, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, performed within the framework of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland. The same month Smbatyan also made his Munich debut with Munich Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015, Sergey Smbatyan received the “Order of Arts and Letters of France” granted by the Minister of Culture and Communication of France.
Sergey Smbatyan is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.
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