State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (SYOA)


"...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!...  "

Krzysztof Penderecki


…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..."

Lorin Maazel 

"…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

"…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

"…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

"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

…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!..

Vadim Repin

"…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..."

Maties Netter, Der Tagesspiegel

".. 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..."

Denis Matsuev





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We are starting the new 2015 year with the concert series of the Armenian Composers' Art Festival! 15. Jan 2015

he State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will start the new 2015 year with the concert series held within the framework of the Armenian Composers' Art Festival!
Saryan-Fest (2010), Babajanian-Fest (2011), Tchouhadjian-Fest (2012), Romanos Melikyan-Fest (2013) and Terterian-Fest (2014) - the brightest con...

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