Sergey Smbatyan: “I am proud that Armenia has people who are ready to fulfil complicated tasks”
Within the framework of the annual Malta International Music Festival and the Armenian Cultural Days in Malta, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Serg Smbatyan pleased the Maltese audiences and guests with unforgettable musical compositions of world famous composers for 15 days in a row. The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, which was the orchestra-resident of the festival, performed the symphonic cycle “Images from the Great Siege” by the composer-resident of the Malta International Music Festival Alexey Shor together with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Sergey Smbatyan shared his impressions.
The VI Malta International Music Festival and the Armenian Cultural Days in Malta are assessed immensely positively, as the understanding of cultural ties seems to me a proof that we are able to represent our rich culture to the world.
Valletta, which is a cultural capital of Europe, is a very important platform for Armenia’s self-expression in cultural terms. The culture of Armenia with such people as Peleshyan, Mansurian, Khachaturian Trio, Narek Hakhnazaryan has the right to be ambitious. It is very important that the Armenian Cultural Days were held in conjunction with the Malta International Music Festival, which is the largest in Europe in terms of the participation of super talented people.
The performances of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra in Malta were a success, which was highly appreciated by the listener, and most importantly, I know a few orchestras who could work at such a pace, not because they are not capable of it, but because there is no willingness to do so. I am proud that we have people in Armenia who are ready for such complicated tasks. This is not an end in itself, or a desire to prove something to someone, it is just about our interest. Each concert was held together with a talented musician who is insanely talented and communicating with him is a real pleasure.
Two orchestras on one stage during the performance of the symphonic cycle “Images from the Great Siege” sounds synthetically scary, but in reality, it is one big orchestra where musicians of two orchestras play. It is not easy to work with the two orchestras, and something done with enormous efforts is perceived with absolutely different emotions.