Yerevan Armenia
JULY 4–12 2017

The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (ANPO)

The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (ANPO) — ARMENIA • International Music Festival and Competition

The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (ANPO)  is an orchestra based in Yerevan, Armenia. It has always been considered as one of the leading orchestras of the former Soviet Union.  

Established 93 years ago by  Arshak   Adamian  and Alexander  Spendiaryan  it is the national center of professional orchestral music in Armenia. Over the years, conductors A.  Adamyan , A.  Spendiaryan , S.  Charekyan , G.  Budaghyan , K.  Saradjian , M.  Maluntsyan , O. Durian, M.  Terian , R.  Vartanian , A.  Katanyan , D .  Khandjian , V. Gergiev, V.  Papian, M.  Avetisyan , and L.  Tjeknavorian  directed the orchestra. In October 2000 Eduard  Topchjan  was appointed the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the ANPO.  

The ANPO performs concerts at its residence – the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, one of the architectural pearls of Yerevan designed by Alexander  Tamanian  – and hosts an audience of 1300 seats.  

Being led to the new millennium by Maestro Eduard  Topchjan  the ANPO is committed to promoting cultural, musical awareness in local audiences, regularly performing classical and operatic music in addition to national and contemporary music.  

Since its foundation, the orchestra has performed most of the classical repertoire. Many of the world’s leading artists, such as David  Oistrach ,  Sviatoslav  Richter,  Mstislav  Rostropovich, Emil  Gilels , Renato  Bruson , Steven  Isserlis , Misha  Mayski , Sergei  Nakariakov , Boris  Berezovski , Natalia  Gutman , Giuseppe Giacomini, Isabelle Faust, Julia Fischer,  Pinchas  Zukerman,  Gidon  Kremer, Yuri  Bashmet ,  Placido  Domingo and many others, as well as already established and emerging Armenian musicians have appeared with this orchestra.  

The ANPO features the works of Armenian and international composers and is committed to supporting the performance of new orchestral works in the programs interesting not only for regular visitors, connoisseurs, but also for tourists and young people. Alexander  Melik-Pashayev , Willy Ferrero and Valery Gergiev conducted the ANPO, the latter holding the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for five years.  Gia  Kancheli ,  Sofya   Gubaidullina  and  Rodion  Shchedrin closely cooperated with the ANPO. Aram Khachaturian, Dmitry  Kabalevsky , Krzysztof  Penderecki  and other composers conducted their works with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra.  

The ANPO serves as Ambassador of Armenian music worldwide and tours regularly. Famous Armenian soloists appear with the ANPO, such as Sergei Babayan, Narek  Hakhnazaryan , Sergey  Khachatryan , Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kim  Kashkashian  and many others. Since 1989 the ANPO has toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Greece, Iran, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia, and UAE. The recent tours were to Japan in 2008 with 15 concerts; Germany, Slovakia in 2010. The scheduled tours in 2014 and 2015 to Italy (4 prestigious festivals in Rimini,  Citta  di Castello,  Merano  and  Ravello ), Germany, Poland, USA, Mexico and Scandinavian countries were a great  success. On July 12, 2016 there was a very prestigious concert at the  Mariinsky  Theatre St. Petersburg, Russia.  

The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra hosts the annual Yerevan International Music   Festival, held in autumn. The   11 th   edition is due in 2017. Internationally acclaimed soloists participate in the festival, appearing in concerts and giving master-classes to young Armenian musicians. Eduard  Topchjan  and Alexander  Chaushian  are Artistic Directors of the festival held under the patronage of  the spouse of the President of RA  Mrs. Rita  Sargsyan .   

More than 40 CDs have been released with the orchestra’s recordings. The most recent ones  -  "Armenian Rhapsody"  was released in 2011  by BIS Records, Sweden and  Mozart Piano Concerti and Overtures by  Oehms  Classics, Germany in 2014. They were highly acclaimed by international reviewers. In 2017  a special edition CD “Mozart- Komitas -Khachaturian” was released in the United States through Armenia Fund USA (Eastern Region Affiliate), with 10.000 copies print-run.  

Music by Aram Khachaturian, Arno  Babadjanyan ,  Edvard   Mirzoyan , Alexander  Arutiunian ,  Avet   Terteryan  and many other prominent Armenian composers is best performed by the Armenian  National  Philharmonic Orchestra featuring famous Armenian and international soloists.  
Many prominent international specialists mention the constantly growing performing level of the Armenian  National  Philharmonic Orchestra considering its nuanced sound, impressive string section and charismatic Artistic Director.  

Principal players of the ANPO as of 2017: 

  • Karmen   Tosunyan , orchestra concertmaster 
  • Aram Asatryan , principal first violin  
  • Anahit  Aslanyan , principal second violin  
  • Aida  Nalbandyan , principal viola  
  • Armen  Mesropyan , principal cello  
  • Karen  Khachatryan , principal bass  
  • Tigran  Gevorgyan , principal flute  
  • Ashot   Galstyan , principal oboe  
  • Viacheslav   Manucharyan , principal clarinet  
  • Andranik   Kocharyan , principal  basson  
  • Meruzhan   Ter - Minasyan , principal horn  
  • Shahen   Gevorgyan , principal trumpet   
  • Aristakes   Martirosyan , principal trombone   
  • Vagharshak   Pepanyan , tuba  
  • Harutyun   Mkrtchyan , percussion  
  • Zhanna   Hovhannisyan , harp  

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