Sergey Smbatyan

Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Gramophone Classical Music Awards


LONDON — The newly-formed Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017, widely regarded as the Oscars of the classical music world.

Led by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, the orchestra will join some of the biggest names in classical music as Gramophone Award winners past and present take to the stage to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the awards, which celebrate the very best of classical music.

Several high-profile guests from Armenia are also expected to join the celebrations.

For the second year running, the ceremony will be live-streamed on

The Pan-Armenian Symphony Orchestra comprises Armenian musicians from all around the world, and players are drawn from other high-profile orchestras such as the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of France. Smbatyan, is not only the founder, Artistic director and principal conductor for the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, but is also an Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia.

The glittering event on September 13, which for the first time takes place at the 8 Northumberland Avenue venue, honors the most outstanding recordings of the previous year in 12 categories, with one of these named as Recording of the Year on the night.

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James Jolly, Gramophone’s editor-in-chief, said: “We’re delighted to be joined once again by an orchestra for the Awards. Drawing on some of the finest Armenian orchestral musicians from ensembles all around the world, the Pan-Armenian SO will add a truly international dimension to the event. And we also look forward to some Armenian orchestral music during the course of the evening played by people who clearly respond to its magic.”


Topics: Arts, Music
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