Symphonic Middle East · 2021

2:51 pm


Armenian State Symphony Orchestra


soprano (Russia)
piano (Russia)


A. Shor

Crystal palace

1. Aria of the White Lady
2. Ode To Empress Anna
3. Vocalise
4. Angels Song

L. Delibes

Les filles de Cadix

G. Verdi

“Bolero di Elena” from “I Vespri Siciliani”

G. Rossini

Cavatina di Rosina

From opera ”Il Barbiere di Siviglia”

L. Arditi

“Il bacio” Song

G. Puccini

“O mio babbino caro”

Aria of Lauretta from “Gianni Schicchi”

Anna Aglatova


Anna Aglatova is a leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre, one of the most popular Russian singers in the world, where she currently performs the leading roles in almost all the opera calendar of the Bolshoi Theatre’s repertoire.

Becoming the youngest soloist of the Bolshoi Opera Company at the time, Aglatova’s talent has also seen her win one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of young singers - the “Neue Stimmen”. She has performed at some of the most famous concert venues around the world, including the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Megaron Moussikis in Athens, Musikverein in Vienna, Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Lincoln Center in New York, and National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

Anna is equally suited to both lyrical and comedic parts, with her varied repertoire including the roles of Mikaela (“Carmen”), Suzanne (“Wedding of Figaro”), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni Mozart), Rosina (“The Barber of Seville” Rossini), Manon in the opera Manon Massena, and Cleopatra (Julius Caesar Handel), among many others.

Throughout her career, Aglatova has performed with a number of seminal conductors, including Vladimir Spivakov, Evelino Pido, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Enrique Mazzola, to name a few. She has also shared the stage with many distinguished singers, such as Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jose Carreras, René Pape, Carlo Lepore, David Hansen, and many others.

Aglatova’s acting talent has been highly appreciated by Russian critics, who have twice nominated her for the national “Golden Mask” award in the “Best female role in an opera” category. In 2014, she was also awarded the title of Laureate of the State Prize of the President of Russia for her contribution to the development of Culture.

Yury Rozum


Yury Rozum is a Russian-born world-renowned international concert pianist and philanthropist, the recipient of numerous international awards and a very influential figure in the music world.

When Rozum was just aged seven, his mother discovered that he had perfect pitch, leading to his immediate enrolment in the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, where he would later study under Lev Naumov and Yevgeny Malinin, themselves students of Heinrich Neuhaus.

Rozum developed an interest in philosophy by age fourteen, becoming especially interested in the works of the exiled Nikolai Berdyayev. From there, Rozum became extremely spiritual, leading life as an ascetic and, at the risk of his own freedom, immersing himself in the works of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

In 2001, Yury Rozum was awarded the title People’s Artist of Russia by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Polls taken by Russian media place Rozum within the country’s list of “Top Ten Classical Musicians in Russia.”

In 2003, Rozum became the first pianist to perform a recital in the Main Hall of the Russian Federation Government House.

Rozum founded the ‘Yury Rozum International Charitable Foundation’ in April 2005, as a means of providing scholarships to promising young musicians as well as the promotion of major annual music festivals.

In 2004, the Children’s School of Arts in the Shchelkovo Municipal District of the Moscow Region was named after the People’s Artist of Russia Yury Rozum. Since 2011, Yuri Rozum has been an honorary professor at the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts and an honorary academician of the International Academy of Arts.

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

Emerging from a group of lovers and devotees to classical music, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra was created in 2005 by Sergey Smbatyan, the present Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra. From the very onset of its existence, the orchestra has been home to 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 15-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.

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has been hosted by many reputable concert halls around the world, including Opera Garnier (Paris), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Dr. Anton Philipszaal (Hague), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Great Hall of Conservatory (Moscow), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Royal Theatre (Madrid), Dubai Opera House and others. It has been profiled a multitude of times with such world-class composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Karl Jenkins, Giya Kanchelli and Tigran Mansuryan as well as a number of highly distinguished performing artists. A remarkable chapter in the history of the orchestra was the 2020 European Tour with the renowned violin virtuoso and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra artist-in-residence Maxim Vengerov with whom brilliant performances were hosted on famous stages around Europe- Berliner Philharmonie, Vienna's Musikverein, London's Barbican Center, Prague's Dvorak Hall, Salzburg's Grosses Festspielhaus, Moscow's Zaryadye Concert Hall and elsewhere.

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has a history of close relationships with world-scale artists, such as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Maxim Vengerov, Denis Matsuev, Vadim Repin, Vag Papian, Boris Berezovsky, Zakhar Bron, stemming from the orchestra’s lifelong endeavor to bridge Eastern and Western musical traditions through its performances and networking with prominent figures of classical music.

Led by Sergey Smbatyan, the orchestra released its first CD under the title "Music is the Answer” in 2011. Recorded with the Sony records label, the CD includes works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Eduard Hayrapetyan.

Aside from the extensive concert activity in Armenia and overseas, the orchestra also enjoys recognition and is highly esteemed for its increasing role in educating young people in Armenia. Since 2018, in the framework of DasA educational-cultural project the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has been sparking interest and liking for classical music in high-school students across Armenia, with an attempt to galvanize a larger movement for cultivating noble insights and taste for classical music among the young generation. True to its commitment to foster access to classical music among all parts of the society and taking ownership of its social responsibilities, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra frequently organizes charitable events and special projects in an attempt to engage people from different communities in the cultural life that largely unfolds away from them.

A number of orchestra’s concerts have been broadcast by, Euronews, and In 2019, a documentary was released by Mezzo TV, featuring Sergey Smbatyan and the history of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra.

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is represented worldwide by Only Stage.

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