The Youth Symphony orchestra of Saint-Petersburg started its artistic life in February 2012. Young orchestra was recognized by the audience who was impressed by the various concert repertoire. Artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra is Migran Agadzhanyan. The best young musicians of our city are involved in this project. The orchestra leader and the players are united by the professionalism, enthusiasm and the same views on the development of music art in 21 century.
Since its foundation the orchestra has given over 200 concerts together with such musicians as Joshua Bell, Michel Legrand, Alexander Titov, Alexander Polyanichko, Colin Metters, Alexander Maslov, Maria Safarians, Andrey Dubov, Dmitry Eremin, Eugeny Izotov, Valeriy Sokolov, Hugo Ticciati, Eugeny Akimov, Anastasia Kalagina, Olesya Petrova, Karina Flores, Karen Durgayan.
The orchestra repertoire includes not only widely performed pieces (from Baroque music to contemporary) but also music premiered by the orchestra in St-Petersburg and in the world. In February 2013 the orchestra released its first CD with 1st and 5th symphonies by L. van Beethoven. The renowned violinist Joshua Bell gave his good assessment to the orchestra performing level and wished to perform with it at the opening of the orchestra’s 2nd concert season on the stage of the Big hall of the St-Petersburg Philharmony in October 2013.
Players of the orchestra are the laureates of the Russian and the International competitions – they have regular opportunity to give solo recitals and to perform with the orchestra on the best concert venues of St.Petersburg. The orchestra policy of cooperation is that the orchestra should involve as many young specialists of the city (singers, instrument players, composers, conductors, sound men and etc) as possible.
The Youth Symphony orchestra performs at the best halls of St.Petersburg, takes part in international, Russian and municipal events and goes on tours.
In 2017 the orchestra started educational projects. In December 2017 our team organized the first international opera conducting masterclass in St. Petersburg – “La Boheme” by Puccini, master: maestro of the Mariinsky Theater and the honored artist of Russia Alexander Polyanichko. 8 participants from seven countries attended masterclass and successfully perfomed “La Boheme” in the final public concerts.The orchestra continues to organize conducting masterclasses and looks forward to participating in international cultural projects.
Between 2017 and 2019, the orchestra have made 3 opera conducting Masterclasses and 20 practice concerts with conductors from all over the world. In August 2018 the orchestra performed with great success at the Young Euro Classic International Music Festival of Classical Music in Berlin and now continues its development.