6th Edition of Armenia International Music Festival

In October 2022, the European Foundation for Support of Culture will be joining forces with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO) once again to present the 6th edition of their celebrated Armenia International Music Festival. 


Following the previous five successful instalments of this event, the 2022 edition shall see the ASSO, who shall be serving as the festival’s Orchestra-in-Residence, delivering performances of some of the most seminal works from the classical music canon.


Joined by a number of world-renowned soloists, the ASSO will be performing in some of the most illustrious venues that Armenia has to offer, playing under the batons of an array of acclaimed conductors, including that of Founder, Principal Conductor, and Artistic Director, Sergey Smbatyan, who shall also be serving as the festival’s Artistic Director. 


Smbatyan’s reputation with fellow musicians and critics alike flows from the fluidity of his technical skills, the intensity with which he shapes and communicates musical ideas, the intelligence of his programming, and the spiritual richness and depth of his interpretations. Acclaimed for his achievements at home and increasingly in demand on the international stage, he continues to serve as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and has been Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra since September 2019.


Founded by Smbatyan in 2005, the ASSO is an ensemble of bright and energetic musicians, assembled around the shared vision of amplifying the cultural awareness in Armenia and elevating the spiritual excellence of human nature by the power of classical music. The orchestra performs over 50 concerts annually, with a rich and multifarious repertoire covering multiple music genres and performance formats. Today, the 17-year-old orchestra has accrued both local and international reputation for its orchestral virtuosity and performing precision and has been spotlighted with many uplifting reviews by renowned critics and art reviewers. They have been hosted by many reputable concert halls around the world, including the Opera Garnier in Paris, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Great Hall of Conservatory in Moscow, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the Royal Theatre in Madrid, amongst others.