Sergey Smbatyan, Conductor
Sergey Smbatyan was born in 1987 in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians. At the age of four he started studying the violin and was first taught by his grandmother T.Hayrapetyan. Later on he continued studying with Bagrat Vardanyan and Zakhar Bron. He began his career as a violinist at the age of 13 and has received a number of awards at international violin competitions in Japan, Romania and Italy. As a soloist, Mr. Smbatyan has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moscow Academic State Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. While becoming an accomplished concert violinist, Mr. 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 simultaneously. He graduated from both schools in 2009.
2014/2015 season highlights included the performances with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra within the framework of the 19th Musical Olympus International Festival and with the German Symphony Orchestra in Berlin. Smbatyan is the co-founder of ACAF, the Armenian Composing Arts Festival and AKHIF, the Aram Khachaturian International Festival.
Highlights of his 2012/2013 season are performances with the Dresdner Philharmonie in the Frauenkirche Dresden, with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Dvořák Prague Festival and with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2005, when only 18 years old, Mr. Smbatyan founded the Youth Orchestra of Armenia and became the Orchestra's Artistic Director and Music Director. In 2008 the President of the Republic of Armenia granted the Orchestra the prestigious status of a "State Orchestra" for their high professionalism and deep understanding of contemporary music.
Mr. Smbatyan made his London conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in spring 2010 as part of HRH Prince Charles' charity concert at the Windsor Castle. The final chord of this project sounded in Armenia when Mr. Smbatyan conducted the concert of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia held in the frames of project "Yerevan, My Love" in honor of HRH Prince Charles. He conducted the Philharmonia 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.
In 2009 Mr. Smbatyan founded the unique UNICEF Children Orchestra which gave numerous performances in Armenia and in Europe. Sergey Smbatyan received his PhD in Fine Arts from the Institute of Arts of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia in 2009. In May 2012 he graduated from Royal Academy in London.
Sergey Smbatyan is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn/ IMG Artists.