Sergey Smbatyan ARMENIA
Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan is the Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
Guest conducting includes Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, and many others. He has performed at many of the world’s leading venues including Vienna’s Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus, London’s Barbican Centre, the Gasteig Munich, Rudolfinum in Prague, Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory and New York’s Carnegie Hall where he made his debut at the age of 28.
A great innovator, Smbatyan has founded and led many orchestras and festivals including Armenian Composing Art Festival; the “Contemporary Classics” Composers’ Festival; the “Armenia” International Music Festival; the Khachaturian International Festival, 24/04 World Orchestra, the “Generation of Independence” All-Armenian Choir and Orchestra, the Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra, and UNICEF Children’s Chamber Orchestra. Sergey Smbatyan is also the Artistic Director of the Khachaturian International Competition.
A recognised pioneer in the uses of AI and other technologies in classical music, as part of the 2019 World Congress of Information Technology Smbatyan conducted WCIT World Orchestra that performed the first-ever concert of music written live by AI.
In 2015, Sergey Smbatyan became the youngest recipient of the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.