Maestro Sergey Smbatyan, the Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia, founded the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO) in 2005. The Orchestra has now gained global renown and performs at the best concert venues both in Armenia and abroad: in Germany, France, Russia, Belgium, China, the Netherlands, Italy, Lebanon and many other countries. It has performed at Opera Garnier (Paris), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Dr. Anton Philipszaal (Hague), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Tchaikovsky Philharmonic Concert Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, etc.
The Orchestra has participated in many international festivals, including Moscow Easter Festival (Moscow, Russia), YOUNG.EURO.CLASSIC (Berlin, Germany), Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (Warsaw, Poland), and many others. In addition, the ASSO has been the resident orchestra at the Aram Khachaturian International Competition (since 2007); it was the resident Orchestra of 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, 2015, 2016, Beirut, Lebanon), Malta International Music Festival (2018), etc.
The Orchestra’s extensive repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary music. In 2011, the ASSO, led by its artistic director and principal conductor Sergey Smbatyan, released its first CD “Music is the Answer” featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Eduard Airapetian recorded at a SONY studio.
In early October, the Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Sergey Smbatyan, will perform at Sicily’s best concert halls. Pianist and conductor Frederic Kempf, winner of the prestigious Classical BRIT Awards, Honorary Doctor of Music at Kent University (Great Britain), winner and award recipient of many international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition, and Boris Allakhverdyan (Russia), winner of many international competitions, the principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be the soloists. The concert programmes will feature popular works by contemporary European and Armenian composers.