The next symphonic concert of the 4th Khachaturian International Festival took place on October 11. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed a symphonic poem “Isle of the Dead” and the Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist Evgeny Starodubtsev (piano/Russia)) by Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 7. The last performance was devoted to the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev.
The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia Sergey Smbatyan noted that the Armenian audience still remembers Evgeny Starodubtsev - the laureate of the Aram Khachaturian International Competition.
“Evgeny Starodubtsev is a very famous pianist; he has performed with various orchestras and received numerous high awards. He is going to present Rachmaninoff's Concerto which is rarely performed. Not every pianist is courageous enough to deal with its complexity", - mentioned Sergey Smbatyan.
Speaking of his participation in the Khachaturian Festival Evgeny Starodubtsev noted that he is glad to cooperate with the Youth Orchestra and Sergey Smbatyan, as well as he is pleased to perform at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall.
Starodubtsev is the laureate of numerous international competitions. He performed (also with recitals) in Spain, Germany, France, Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Serbia and other countries. Evgeny has released two CDs, comprised of the music of the 20th century.
Khachaturian Festival is held under the patronage of the President of RA Serzh Sargsyan. The Festival is held thanks to the joint efforts of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (General Partner of the Orchestra - VivaCell-MTS) and the "Classical Music Support" NGO, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of RA, the "Khachaturian" Foundation and the European Foundation for Support of Culture. The sponsors of the 4th Khachaturian Festival are "Jermuk Group" Company, "Ani Plaza" Hotel, the Yerevan Brandy Factory and the ArmSwissBank.
Follow the link to watch the full recording of Evgeny Starodubtsev's concert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LlMLaCxgH8