Biography

Schedule of Events

29

Sep

Day 1
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

  • Sergei Prokofiev –March from the Opera "The Love for Three Oranges"
  • Sergei Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op. 19 20’
    • I Andantino
    • II Scherzo: Vivacissimo
    • III Moderato – Allegro moderato
  • Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel - “Pictures at an Exhibition" 35’
    • Promenade
    • No.1. The Gnome
    • Promenade
    • No.2. The Old Castle
    • Promenade
    • No.3. Tuileries (Children's Quarrel after Games)
    • No.4. Cattle
    • Promenade
    • No.5. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
    • No.6. "Samuel" Goldenberg and "Schmuÿle"
    • No.7. The Market at Limoges (The Great News)
    • No.8. The Catacombs (Roman sepulcher)
    • No.9. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yagá)
    • No.10 The Bogatyr Gates (in the Capital in Kiev)

Soloist: Marc Bouchkov

Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

02

Oct

Day 2
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Tigran Mansurian - Serenade for String Orchestra
  • Alexander Borodin - Polovetsian Dances from the Opera “Prince Igor”
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35

Soloist: Sergei Dogadin

Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

09

Oct

Day 3
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasie 20
  • Camille Saint-Saëns - “Danse Macabre” (Dance of Death), Op.40 7’
  • Camille Saint-Saëns - Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op 61 27’
    • I Allegro non troppo
    • II Andantino quasi allegretto
    • III Molto moderato e maestoso – Allegro non troppo

Soloist: Daniel Lozakovich

Conductor: Gianluca Marciano

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

10

Oct

Day 4
19:30 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Komitas Chamber Music House

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ֊ “A Little Night Music” K 525
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ֊ Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K․ 414
    • I Allegro
    • II Andante
    • III Allegretto

Soloist: Pavel Gililov

Conductor: Lavard Skou Larsen

NATIONAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF ARMENIA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Vahan Mardirossian)

12

Oct

Day 5
19:30 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Komitas Chamber Music House

  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
    • I Allegro con brio
    • II Adagio
    • III Rondo Molto allegro
  • Antonín Dvořák - Serenade for Strings in E major, Op.22
    • I Moderato
    • II Menuetto: Allegro con Moto
    • III Scherzo: Vivace
    • IV Larghetto
    • V Finale: Allegro vivace

Soloist: Jingge Yan

Conductor: Mikhail Kirchhoff

NATIONAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF ARMENIA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Vahan Mardirossian)

13

Oct

Day 6
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Alexey Shor - Violin Concerto in B minor 26’
    • I Allegro agitato
    • II Andante
    • III Presto
  • Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No.4 in A major Op.90 “Italian” 40’
    • I Allegro vivace
    • II Andante con moto
    • III Con moto moderato
    • IV Saltarello. Presto

Soloist: Graf Mourja

Conductor: DMITRY YABLONSKY

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

14

Oct

Day 7
19:30 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Komitas Chamber Music House

  • Stepan Shakaryan - Pieces for Chamber Orchestra
  • Antonio Vivaldi - Flute Concerto in G minor, “La notte” (The Night), RV.439
  • François Borne - Fantasie Brillante on themes from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” Opera
  • Samuel Barber - “Adagio” for flute and strings Transcription by: Marina Loginova
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - “Flight of the Bumblebee”

Soloist: Maxim Rubtsov

Conductor: Ilya Norstein

NATIONAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF ARMENIA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Vahan Mardirossian)

15

Oct

Day 8
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Ghazaros Saryan - Symphonic Panel "Armenia" 15
    • I Garni
    • II Old Erevan
    • III Ararat Valley
    • IV Sunny Landscape
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Pezzo Capriccioso for cello and orchestra, Op.62 8
  • Alexey Shor - Cello Concerto in F major 28’
    • I Maestoso
    • II Andante
    • III Allegro

Soloist: Narek Hakhnazaryan

Conductor: MARIUS STRAVINSKY

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

16

Oct

Day 9
19:30 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Komitas Chamber Music House

  • Edvard Grieg - Holberg Suite, Op.40
    • I Preludio
    • II Sarabande
    • III Gavotta
    • IV Aria
    • V Rigaudon
  • Frédéric Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
    • I Maestoso
    • II Larghetto
    • III Allegro vivace

Soloist: Jean-Paul Gasparian

Conductor: Anton SHABUROV

NATIONAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF ARMENIA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Vahan Mardirossian)

17

Oct

Day 10
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op. 16 35
    • I Andantino - Allegretto
    • II Scherzo: Vivace
    • III Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
    • IV Finale: Allegro tempestoso
  • Alexey Shor - “Phoenix” Fantasy for Symphony Orchestra 12’
  • Alexey Shor - Piano Concerto “Travel Notebook” 33’
    • I Wayfarers Prayer
    • II La Rambla (inspired by visiting Barcelona)
    • III Addio (inspired by visiting Rome)
    • IV Luxembourg Garden (inspired by visiting Paris)
    • V Rubicon (inspired by visiting Ravenna)
    • VI Sorrow (inspired by visiting Venice)
    • VII Horseman (inspired by visiting Ascot)

Soloist: Yeol Eum Son

Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

19

Oct

Day 11
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Alexey Shor - “The Four Seasons of Manhattan” for Violin and Orchestra 23’
    • I Summer
    • II Autumn
    • III Winter
    • IV Spring
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky - “Swan Lake” Suite, Op.20a 39’
    • I Scene
    • II Dance of the Little Swans
    • III Hungarian Dance (Czardas)
    • IV Spanish Dance
    • V Neapolitan Dance
    • VI Finale

Soloist: Fumiaki Miura

Conductor: Conrad Van Alpen

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

20

Oct

Day 12
19:30 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Komitas Chamber Music House

  • Eduard Hayrapetyan - Postludium for String Orchestra
  • Eduard Hayrapetyan - “The Lost Balloon” for String Orchestra
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K. 488
    • I Allegro
    • II Adagio
    • III Allegro

Soloist: Vladimir Ovchinnikov

Conductor: ALAN CHIRCOP

NATIONAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF ARMENIA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Vahan Mardirossian)

21

Oct

Day 13
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Alexey Shor - Piano Concerto "Childhood Memories" 43’
    • I Chasing Fireflies
    • II Blooming May
    • III Sandbox
    • IV Hourglass
    • V Last Days of Summer
    • VI Naivete
    • VII Coming of Age
    • VIII Melancholy
    • IX First Love
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky - “The Sleeping Beauty” Suite Op.66a 21’
    • I Introduction
    • II Adagio
    • III Pas de caractère
    • IV Panorama
    • V Waltz

Soloist: Remi Geniet

Conductor: Felix Korobov

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

23

Oct

Day 14
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

  • Jean Sibelius - “Valse Triste” (Sad Waltz), Op.44 6’
  • Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 40’
    • I Allegro non troppo
    • II Adagio
    • III Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto
  • Alexey Shor - Seascapes for Violin and Symphony Orchestra, 18’
    • I Abandoned Lighthouse
    • II Lonely Sail
    • III Lonely Sail
    • IV Summer Hail

Soloist: Gil Shaham

Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

25

Oct

Day 15
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Joseph Haydn - Cello Concerto No.2 in D major, Hob. VIIb/2 23
    • I Allegro moderato
    • II Adagio
    • III Rondo (Allegro)
  • Soloist: Dmitry Yablonsky (cello)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Coriolan Overture , Op.62 8'
  • Alexey Shor - Carpe Diem for Bayan and Symphony Orchestra 20’
    • I Allegro
    • II Moderato
    • III Vivace

Soloist: Yuri Medianik

Conductor: DMITRY YABLONSKY

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

27

Oct

Day 16
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Sport and Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan

  • Arvo Pärt - Trisagion for string orchestra 13'
  • Alexey Shor - Cello Concerto Musical Pilgrimage 20’
    • I Allegro
    • II Adagio
    • III Ritmico
  • Camille Saint-Saëns - Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33 20'
    • I Allegro non troppo
    • II Allegretto con moto
    • III Tempo primo

Soloist: Steven Isserlis

Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

29

Oct

Closing Concert
20:00 Armenian Time (+4 GMT)

Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky Polonaise from the Opera “Eugene Onegin” 5’
  • Alexey Shor Piano Concerto 'From My Bookshelf' 42’ Concert version by Mikhail Pletnev
    • I Cinderella
    • II Don Quixote
    • III Tom Sawyer
    • IV Quasimodo
    • V Queen or Hearts
    • VI d’Artagnan
    • VII King Matt the First
    • VIII Romeo and Juliet
  • Aram Khachaturian Three Pieces from “Spartacus” Ballet 19’ Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia Adagio Spartacus and Phrygia Dance of Gaditanae and Spartacus's Victory

Soloist: Mikhail Pletnev

Conductor: Sergey Smbatyan

ARMENIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(artistic director and principal conductor: Sergey Smbatyan)

Artists

ALAN CHIRCOP

Conductor

Alexey Shor

Composer

Anton SHABUROV

Conductor

Conrad Van Alpen

Conductor

Daniel Lozakovich

Violin

DMITRY YABLONSKY

Conductor

Felix Korobov

Conductor

Fumiaki Miura

Violin

Gianluca Marciano

Conductor

Gil Shaham

Violin

Graf Mourja

Violin

Ilya Norstein

Conductor

Jean-Paul Gasparian

Piano

Jingge Yan

Piano

Lavard Skou Larsen

Conductor

Marc Bouchkov

Violin

MARIUS STRAVINSKY

Conductor

Maxim Rubtsov

Flute

Mikhail Kirchhoff

Conductor

Mikhail Pletnev

Piano

Narek Hakhnazaryan

Cello

NCOA

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia

Pavel Gililov

Piano

Remi Geniet

Piano

Sergei Dogadin

Violin

Sergey Smbatyan

Conductor

Steven Isserlis

Cello

Vladimir Ovchinnikov

Piano

Yeol Eum Son

Piano

Yuri Medianik

Soloist

About

The “ARMENIA” International Music Festival was established in 2017 at the initiative of Sergey Smbatyan, the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Konstantin Ishkhanov, the President of the European Foundation for Support of Culture.

The several years of the festival’s history have earned it a reputation of a celebrated and awaited annual music event, with the concerts featuring world-scale prominent artists, whose performances might otherwise be less affordable or available in famous music halls around the world to many music lovers.

In the framework of the “ARMENIA” International Music Festival, many new talents have the opportunity to perform before a larger audience along with distinguished soloists, opening for them new paths of excellence in the sphere of classical music.

The artistic director of the festival is Sergey Smbatyan.

Organizers

KONSTANTIN ISHKHANOV

President of European Foundation for Support of Culture


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 5th edition of the Armenia International Music Festival. From the m...

SERGEY SMBATYAN

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director of the “Armenia” International Music Festival


Dear friends,

The “Armenia” International Music Festival is a truly special occasion for me to greet you all and extend a warm welcome to our a...

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