29 April —10 May 2019


Magic Violin

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Sergey Smbatyan conductor

Ji Young Lim violin
Winner of Queen Elisabeth Competition




Ji Young Lim


“.. an impressive arsenal of strengths – a range of colors that extended from a brilliant shimmer on top to an almost viola-like richness and graininess on the bottom, the ability to race from one end of the finger-board to the other with a tap dancer’s agility and precision, a dramatic flair and an inclination. ..”

By Joan Reinthaler by from The Washington Post


Violinist Ji Young Lim has become a star since she won the first prize of Queen Elisabeth Competition 2015. In 2014, she won the bronze medal in International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (2014) and received the Mozart Sonata special prize. Even before these, she has already acknowledged her brilliant talents and fruitful musicality by many domestic and international competitions and festivals.

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    Ms. Lim performed with great orchestras; Orchestra Philharmonique Royal de Liege, Brussels Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Munich Chamber Orchestra, Wuhan Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra , Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais, L’Orchestra National Du Capitole de Toulouse, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra amongst others.

    Also, she has been invited to many famous festivals and concert series, such as HongKong Arts Festival, Copenhagen Summer Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Great Mountains Music Festival, etc.

    With this outstanding achievement, she received Kumho Musician Award from the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation and New Artists Prize from Daewon Cultural Foundation as well.

    Ms. Lim started to play the violin when she was only 7 years old. She studied at Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and has continued her study with Nam Yun Kim at the Korea National University of Art; now she continues her further study at Kronberg Academy in Germany.

    She plays the 1708 Stradivarius Violin “Huggins” on loan from Nippon Music Foundation as part of the prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2015.


Alexey Shor

Overture to “Crystal Palace” Ballet

for violin and orchestra

1. Abandoned Lighthouse

2. Lonely Sail

3. Gathering Storm

4. Summer Hail

Flight of Falcon
for violin and orchestra


Antonín Dvořák


Symphony No. 9 in E minor,
"From the New World", Op. 95

Sergey Smbatyan


Sergey Smbatyan is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO). Mr. Smbatyan has also founded the unique UNICEF Children Orchestra which gave numerous performances throughout Armenia and in Europe. Other impressive initiatives are the foundation of  24/04 World Orchestra for Peace in 2015 and the Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

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    In September 2016, he conducted the launch concert of the All Armenian Choir and Orchestra "Generation of Independence”, where 1144 Armenian musicians from different regions of Armenia and Artsakh performed together on one stage.

    The year 2016 was also prominent in that Smbatyan joined the renowned actor John Malkovich in launching a new innovative project - the fusion of music and literature.

    Highlights of his career include performances with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the DSO Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Korean Chamber Orchestra.

    Maestro is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Armenian Composers’ Arts Festival (ACAF), Khachaturian Festival and the Artistic Director of “Armenia” International Music Festival and Competition.

    For his numerous achievements in culture, the conductor was awarded the title “Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia” by the RA President Serzh Sargsyan.

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