State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (SYOA)

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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 the 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 with 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 and other countries, such 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.


The Orchestra always make 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), 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, 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", "Tours to...", "SYOA Meets" and others. Another peculiar project is the regular serie "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 for 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.


 


 


 


 


 


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Reviews
 2014, Yerevan
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...When I first heard the Youth Orchestra in January 2014 I was immediately struck by its remarkable energy and sheer ability to radiate the joy of music-making for the audience. It was amazing!...

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(Krzysztof Penderecki)
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 2012, Yerevan
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…Youth Orchestra of Armenia was playing with fabulous alertness and tight ensemble; if there's a better youth orchestra in the world today, I haven't heard it...

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(Lorin Maazel)
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 2011, Yerevan
"…I am very pleased to be here in Yerevan and cooperate with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. They are wonderful young musicians; it is a great pleasure to work with them. I am grateful to my new friend, brilliant person and musician Sergey Smbatyan for giving me an opportunity to perform in Armenia…"
(Maxim Vengerov)
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 2010,
"…During Nordhessen Kultursommer, we truly enjoyed the unique high quality performance of the orchestra at the Kassel Congress Centre. The audience was astonished by a brilliant performance of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia headed by Sergey Smbatyan. The string staff consisting of 40 musicians impressed the listeners by perfect sound. Musicians were inspired by the clear gestures of conductor Sergey Smbatyan. He is, indeed, an exceptional talent…"
(Hessisch Niedersächsische Allgemeine)
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 2009, Moscow Easter Festival
"…Good job! Great! I'm greatly impressed and really enjoyed the performance. You have one more fan and a big friend in me…"
(Valery Gergiev)
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 2009, Yerevan
"Perfect! These guys are young, full of energy, extremely emotional. They are playing with great pleasure, not killing the time simply doing their job! I think headed by its conductor this orchestra will have a bright future"
(Michel Legrand)
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 2008, Yerevan
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…From the very first beats I realized that we wouldn't face any problems, it was a real


surprise to me. Wonderful musicians and a professional orchestra!...
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(Vadim Repin)
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 2007, Berlin
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…The young talented Armenian musicians charmed the audience with the famous Symphony for Strings and Percussion by Edward Mirzoyan (1962). It was a brilliant performance of young musicians...

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(Maties Netter, Der Tagesspiegel)
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 2006, Yerevan
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.. It was a great pleasure to have a joint concert with the unique orchestra. I am grateful to them for their purposeful work, great aspiration towards the music and magnificent performance...

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(Denis Matsuev)
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