Honored Artist of Armenia
Sergey Smbatyan was born in 1987 in Yerevan. At the age of four he started to learn the violin and was initially taught by his grandmother before later studying with Bagrat Vardanyan and Zakhar Bron. At the age of thirteen he won international violin competitions in Japan, Romania and Italy. As a soloist, Sergey Smbatyan has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moscow Academic State Symphony Orchestra among other ensembles. He began his conducting studies at the Yerevan Conservatoire (class of Yuri Davtyan) and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow. He graduated from both conservatoires in 2009. In 2012 he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2005 Smbatyan founded the Youth Orchestra of Armenia. In 2008 the orchestra was granted the prestigious status of a “State Orchestra”. In 2009 he founded the UNICEF Children’s Orchestra which has presented numerous performances in Armenia and throughout Europe.
Smbatyan made his London conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2010 as part of a charity concert organized by HRH Prince Charles which was held at Windsor Castle.
Engagements for the 2018–2019 season include performances with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Strathmore Music Center, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia and the Moscow State Conservatory among others.
Sergey Smbatyan is the co-founder of ACAF, the Armenian Composing Arts Festival and a commander of the Order of Arts and Literature (France).
Information for December 2018