On April 29 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (SYOA) headed by the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan presented a concert of classical music at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, SYOA Press Service informs.
The concert was dedicated to the memory of famous British conductor, president of the London Symphony Orchestra Sir Colin Davis. For Sergey Smbatyan Maestro was not just a musician: the artistic director of the Youth Orchestra studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the direction of Sir Colin Davis, where he received all the necessary knowledge for the development of professional skills.
Having learned about the concert in memory of Sir Davis, the Chief Director of the London Symphony Orchestra Kathryn McDowell sent a message, which reads, in part: “The musicianship and humanity of Sir Colin Davis have been cherished by musicians and audiences alike. In the years of teaching he was a mentor to many young performers and conductors at the Royal Academy of Music, including also Sergey Smbatyan.” She also thanked the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia for the concert dedicated to the memory of Maestro.
The concert program included: Dmitry Shostakovich (Symphony No 6), Camille Saint-Saens (Cello Concerto No 1), Maurice Ravel (Waltz, choreographic poem).
From now on the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia will donate 10% of the revenue of each bought ticket to the charity foundation “Gift of Life”, which is aimed to save the children suffering from cancer and blood diseases.