Yerevan Armenia
JULY 2–6 2018

Anna Aglatova Soprano

Anna Aglatova (soprano, laureate of the Russian President's Prize for Contribution to the Development of Culture) graduated from the Gnessin Academy of Music (class of Ruzanna Lisitsian). At the beginning of her career she became a scholarship recipient of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation and a laureate of the contest of young opera singers "Neue Stimmen" (Germany). As a student, she performed the Nanetta party (Falstaff Verdi) at the Bolshoi Theater and took part in Mozart's Magic Flute performance, performing the Pamina party. A talented, gifted singer was invited to the troupe of the Bolshoi Theater, where she sang the roles of Liu (Turandot Puccini), Musette (Boheme Puccini), Micaela (Carmen Bizet), Adele (Bat of the Fray of I. Strauss), Martha (Rimsky-Korsakov's Tsar's Bride) , Lisa (Somnambula Bellini), Suzanne (The Wedding of Figaro Mozart), Morgana (Alcina Handel) In 2017, she debuted on stage Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna) in the party of Norina (Don Pasquale Donizetti) She performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Megaron Moussikis in Athens, Musikverein in Vienna Constantly collaborates with such outstanding musicians, conductors and directors as: Evelino Pido, Enrique Mazzola, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Pletnev, Jivan Gasparyan, Graham Vic, Valery Fokin, Pierre-Luigi Pizzi

Denis Kozhukhin Piano

Winner of the First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23, Denis Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Kozhukhin’s performances have been praised by critics as “spellbinding”, “imperious”, and “mesmerizing”. Technically flawless, Kozhukhin combines wisely the brilliance and power of his playing with a masterful sense of form, maturity, and a very unique sensitivity.

Polina Osetinskaya Piano

The life of pianist Polina Osetinskaya can be divided into two stages. The first – that of “wunderkind” (a word that Polina herself cannot abide) – was when Polina performed as a girl in huge halls filled with excited sensationalists. The second, which has continued to the present day, is essentially her victory over the first. It is both a reference to serious performing and to exacting audiences. Polina Osetinskaya began to perform at the age of five. At the age of seven she entered the Central School of Music of the Moscow Conservatoire. Polina gave her first concert at the age of six at the Great Hall of the Vilnius Conservatoire in Lithuania. Together with her father who accepted the role of manager, the young Polina began to undertake frequent tours throughout the former USSR to packed halls and ovations. In her own country Polina was possibly the most famous child of her time and her relationship with her father was portrayed by the mass media as some kind of soap opera after the thirteen-year-old Polina decided to leave her father and study music seriously at the school of the Leningrad Conservatoire under the acclaimed teacher Marina Wolf.

Karen Shahgaldyan Violin

Karen Shahgaldyan is one of the most brilliant musicians of modern Russia. Laureat of Pablo Sarasate International Competition. He finished the Moscow State Conservatory at the class of Professor Victor Tretiakov and the Graduate School of the Moscow State Conservatory into the class of Professor M. Glezarova. Karen attended master-classes of Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Spivakov, Grigorii Zhislin, Evgeniia Chugaeva. Several years Karen performed in the orchestra "Virtuosos of Moscow" under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov. He performed at such halls as Carnegie Hall, New York, Bolshoy Hall, Moscow, Royal Festival Hall, London, Musikverein, Wien, Laeizhalle, Hamburg, Purcell Room, London, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Opera City Hall, Tokyo and others. He visited with concerts more than 200 cities in such countries, as USA, China, South Korea, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Austria, Australia, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lietuva, Czech Republic, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Armenia.

Anna Ulaieva Piano

The Ukrainian pianist Anna Ulaieva was born in Russia and lives in Austria now. She received her first violin and piano lessons at the age of five. At the age of eleven, Anna decided to focus on the piano as her primary instrument and was instructed by Prof. Nina Naiditch at the M. V. Lysenko Music School for talented children in Kiev in the Ukraine. Afterwards, she studied piano at the “Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music” in Kiev under the guidance of Yuri Kot. Her extraordinary talents were honored with her reception in the program “New Names of Ukraine”. From 2009, she has been studying at the University of Music and Arts in Graz, Austria under Prof. Milana Chernyavska and graduated with honor in 2017.

Nikolaj Znaider Conductor/Violin

Nikolaj Znaider performs at the highest level as both conductor and virtuoso violin soloist with the world’s most distinguished orchestras. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra Saint Petersburg since 2010, and was previously Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Following a triumphant return to the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony and Juanjo Mena, the 2017/18 season sees Znaider continue his Mozart recording project with the London Symphony Orchestra with the second and third concertos directed from the violin. He has a particularly strong relationship with the LSO; an orchestra he conducts and performs as soloist with every season. Their recording of Mozart’s Violin Concertos 4 and 5 will be released on the LSO Live label in March 2018. Working at the highest level as both as conductor and as soloist, Znaider appears regularly with orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony.

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

The famous Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan founded the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO) in 2005. He and a group of gifted young musicians who share similar love and dedication toward music and art, in general, decided to come together to make their dream of an orchestra come true. At that time the Orchestra was still known as the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Now, it is known as the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO). Note that Sergey Smbatyan is not only the Founder but also the Artistic Director and the Principal Conductor of the ASSO.