The Jubilee Sound of the 10-Year-Old Orchestra

The Jubilee Sound of the 10-Year-Old Orchestra

The celebration of the tenth anniversary of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia began in Yerevan’s "Moscow" cinema with displaying the documentary “The Voice of the Orchestra”.


The 30 minutes film made by French company ''+7Art Film Media'', was dedicated to the history of creation and professional activity of this Youth Orchestra. In that evening the concert hall named after A.Khachaturian was crowded more than ever.

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and First Lady Rita Sargsyan attended the magnificent recital on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. The concert was accompanied by congratulatory video messages and best wishes of well-known artists and cultural figures with high recognition of activities and role of the orchestra in musical life of Armenia.

The concert program included works by A.Harutyunyan, W.A.Mozart, A. Khachaturian, K.Penderecki, S. Rachmaninov, P.Tchaikovsky, R.Shchedrin, A. Piazzolla and N.Piovani.

The soloists of the concert were Yuka Tsuboy (violin), Hayk Gazazyan (violin), Astghik Siranossian (cello), Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello), Alexander Romanovsky (piano) and Mario Stefano Pietrodarki (accordion/bandoneon). The concert was conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki and Sergey Smbatian. Penderecki congratulated Sergey Smbatyan with foundation and conducting a wonderful orchestra. "I’ve performed with the Youth Orchestra several times and at every concert it surprised me with its high-performing standard. It is very important that this orchestra exists and grows up”, said Maestro Penderecki.

Despite his busy schedule, cellist Narek Hakhnazarian arrived in Yerevan for one day to congratulate the Youth Orchestra with the anniversary. He emphasized that the Youth Orchestra is one of those unique combinations of high performance level and warm ambience in team. "Each collaboration with this orchestra brings me great pleasure, especially when I see the bright eyes of my peers."

Pianist Alexander Romanovski is his turn, noted that Armenia means Sergey Smbatyan- the man who remains faithful to national traditions. "Talent, industry, honesty - all this qualities are concentrated in his nature"- says Romanovski, adding that the constant striving of the Youth Orchestra to do something great and outstanding and at the same time retain the spiritual values of the country is very important for him. "This is the secret of the incredible success of the orchestra." Italian accordionist Mario Stefano Petrodarki shared with his impressions from the visit to Armenia. "I can’t forget my first visit to Armenia with Tonino Guerra. Each time I rejoice at perspectives of a joint project with the orchestra. This is not a youth orchestra and a mature team with a fantastic conductor.

"National Academic Choir of Armenia, led by Hovhannes Chekijian, presented his improvised gift - the birthday song «Happy Birthday». Choir began to sing during the concert directly from the hall. The Anniversary was also full of pleasant surprises. By Presidential Decree Artistic Director and main conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan was awarded by the title of Honored Artist of Republic of Armenia and some members of orchestra were awarded by the Gold Medal of Ministry of Culture of Armenia.

"All what we have today is the result of our joint efforts. We have very good history, achievements and this concert proves what has been said above. We are grateful to our country, which has always supported and believed in the ideas that guide us.

This is the most important thing. There are many legendary figures in the music world and it is very important for us that Maestro Penderecki is now in this hall. Music helped us to create an atmosphere that is valuable to me. I am grateful to all of you and every musician of the orchestra. It's a hard work. I love you, as we are one family. The idea, which once united us, made us stronger over the years. We have changed people's attitude to reality. Our dream brought us here and we will not stop dreaming. After all, we are a creation of independent Armenia, which fought and won”, said Sergey Smbatyan in the conclusion.