The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1925 by Arshak Adamyan and Alexander Spendiaryan. With its own unique style and underlying cultural influences, for many years it has been considered one of the leading orchestras of the former Soviet Union.
Eduard Topchjan was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra in 2000, a title held previously by many eminent conductors, including Valery Gergiev for five successive seasons. Its rich musical history has attracted many distinguished guest conductors and artists such as Kurt Masur, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Steven Isserlis, Pinchas Zukerman, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Placido Domingo.
As the orchestra looks ahead to its forthcoming centenary, it continues with a busy concert schedule at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan and is expanding its catalogue of recordings. Importantly, the orchestra serves Armenia as an international cultural ambassador through international touring, commissioning of new work, and providing a platform for exceptional young Armenian artists including, recently, Sergey Khachatryan, Diana Adamyan and Narek Hakhnazaryan.
The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Artistic Director Eduard Topchjan, started their debut tour of China on 27th December 2019 beginning with a performance at Shanghai’s Grand Theatre. The tour includes 10 concerts across 9 cities, visiting the Shanzan Concert Hall, Wuxi Grand Theater, Qintai Concert Hall, and ending on 9th January 2020 at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Tour repertoire includes excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet Op.64 by Prokofiev. Serving as ambassadors for Armenian arts and culture, the orchestra will perform Masquerade Suite and Spartacus ballet suites by Armenian Composer Aram Khachaturian. The orchestra will also be collaborating with young Chinese clarinettist Shen Tianyi during the tour, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major.