About orchestra

The Youth Symphony orchestra of Saint-Petersburg started its artistic life in February 2012. This happened at the initiative of Migran Agadzhanyan , a young conductor who managed to bring together up to 90 musicians and encourage them to rehearse much, work hard to achieve perfect sound quality and to gain wide-ranging and challenging repertoire. From the very beginning the orchestra was maintained by the foundation “Culture and the future” headed by Karen Mktrchyan. The best young musicians of our city including under and post graduate students and alumni of the St-Petersburg conservatory 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 50 concerts together with such musicians as Joshua Bell, Chingis Osmanov, Alexander Maslov, Maria Safarians, Nikolay Mokhov, Sofia Kiprskaya, Andrey Dubov, Dmitry Eremin, Eugeny Izotov, Hugo Ticciati, Eugeny Akimov, Anastasia Kalagina, Olesya Petrova, Felix Kudryavtsev, Karina Flores, Alexander Titov, 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. The age range of the musicians is from 16 to 30. The orchestra’s mission is to draw public attention to student performances and to make them an integral part of cultural life of our city. Without doubt, this aim can be achieved by high performing level of the orchestra players who spend a considerable amount of time on the rehearsals constantly refining and expanding technical skills. It allows them to set and accomplish great artistic goals. 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 our city. 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. During short period of time the orchestra managed to gain popularity not only in St-Petersburg. In February 2013 the orchestra released its first CD with 1st and 5th symphonies by L. van Beethoven. This CD was sent to numerous artistic agencies to receive professional assessment and, if possible, an offer of cooperation. In only 3 days a representative of the world leading agency IMG Artists ‏ informed the orchestra that 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.