Aram Khachaturian International Violin Competition
June 6-16, 2015

Under the High Patronage of the First Lady of the Republic of Armenia Mrs. Rita Sargsyan
Evgeny Starodubtsev
2nd Prize
Anastasiia Nesterova
2nd Prize
Stepan Simonyan
3rd Prize
Ran Gia
4th Prize
First Prize
Cash Award of USD 15.000 Worldwide tour, CD Recording, Laureate Diploma
Second Prize
Cash Award of USD 10.000 International Concerts, Laureate Diploma
Third Prize
Cash Award of USD 5.000 International Concerts, Laureate Diploma
Fourth Prize
Cash Award of USD 2.000 Laureate Diploma
Rita Sargsyan
Spouse of the President of the Republic of Armenia
Honorary President
Krzysztof Penderecki
Famous polish composer and conductor
Professor Rezo Kiknadze
Rector of Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory
Nune Sarkissian
Chairman of London “Eurasia House” Cultural Centre

The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia was founded in 2005 by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, who is also its artistic director and principal conductor. Young and talented musicians’ maturity to follow the right path of life, diligence and devotion to the art had a significant contribution to the establishment of the Orchestra. Musicians are full of energy and purposefulness thus smoothing way for great stages and rapidly increasing international awards. The orchestra performed with numerous concerts both in Armenia and beyond its borders.

Artistic Director
and Principal Conductor

Sergey Smbatyan was born in 1987 in Yerevan in a family of musicians. At the age of four he started studying the violin and was first taught by his grandmother T.Hayrapetyan. Later on he continued studying with Bagrat Vardanyan and Zakhar Bron. While becoming an accomplished concert violinist, Mr. Smbatyan showed great interest in conducting and started his studies at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, where he attended conducting lessons of Yuri Davtyan, and the legendary Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow simultaneously.