Artistic Director of the European Foundation for Support of Culture
Maltese conductor Alan Chircop directed many international orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Macedonia National Philharmonic, National Chamber Orchestra Armenia, L’Orchestre d’Avignon-Provence; Karlovy Vary Symphony; Mihail Jora Philharmonic; Pleven Philharmonic, Kislovodsk-Mineralnye Vody Orchestra, Sochi Symphony Orchestra; L’Orchestra Citta’ di Ravenna, Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, Leopoli State Symphony; Westsächsische Philharmonie, Leipzig Academy Symphony Orchestra, Camerata con Cor(d)e Belgium and Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied in Lyon, graduated with two Masters Degrees in Pianoforte and Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig, specialized studies with Prof. Uros Lajovic at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He was Artistic Director of several international Festivals and Principal of the Visual & Performing Arts Schools – Malta. He is president of New Names Malta National Music Competition and serves as judge at international music competitions. He is the Artistic Director of the European Foundation for the Support of Culture, organizer of Malta International Music Festival.
Principal conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO)
Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan is the artistic director and principal conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO), previously being the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. He founded the orchestra when he was only 18 years old. Under his leadership, ASSO received invitations to internationally renowned festivals and major venues.
Highlights of his career include performances with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the DSO Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic at the 19th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, the Korean Chamber Orchestra with the world renowned actor John Malkovich at the Seoul Arts Center. The collaboration with the Korean Chamber Orchestra continued later in Moscow with soloist Pinchas Zukerman, in Boston and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Recent highlights also included his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and the “LSO Discovery” concert. He conducted the joint gala concert with the renowned artist Maxim Vengerov at Windsor Castle for HRH Prince Charles “Princes Trust” event. After the great success the concert was repeated at Buckingham Palace in 2011 where he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra again.
In April 2017, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, performed within the framework of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland. The same month Smbatyan also made his Munich debut with Munich Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015, Sergey Smbatyan received the “Order of Arts and Letters of France” granted by the Minister of Culture and Communication of France.
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