On March 19, Days of Maltese Music in Armenia started, with the opening concert featuring one
of the most famous Maltese musicians, Carmine Lauri and the Armenian State Symphony
Carmine Lauri performed with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra for the first time a year
ago. He assured that it is wonderful to cooperate with such talented and hard-working
musicians. Lauri performed Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto. The violinist is hopeful
that the cooperation with the Symphony Orchestra will continue. Carmine Lauri stressed the
importance of the cultural dialogue between the Maltese and the Armenian people and
emphasized that Maltese musicians should visit Armenia, because it is a great opportunity for
intercultural communication both for musicians and music lovers.
At the concert, symphonic poem Rebbieha; by Joseph Wella, which was performed in Armenia
for the first time, as well as Camille Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3 were presented.
The concert was held under the baton of two prominent conductors, Sergey Smbatyan and Ilya
Stupel. Famous conductor, Grammy Award winner Ilya Stupel performed with the Armenian
State Symphony Orchestra for the first time. He was impressed with his visit to Armenia and the
cooperation with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. He was astonished at the colossal
work Maestro Smbatyan does for the orchestra and stressed the importance of assisting such
talented people in their initiatives. Ilya Stupel stated that he had an intense desire to partake in
the development of the orchestra.
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey
Smbatyan commented on the days of Maltese music held in Armenia stressing that it gives
Armenian musicians a unique opportunity to get acquainted with Malta's rich musical heritage.
The Armenian audience will enjoy the performances of other Maltese musicians at the two
upcoming concerts. On March 21, Tchaikovsky Music School will host Maltese young talented
pianist Bernice Sammut Attard. On March 22, Maltese talented musician, Professor Reggie
Clews will perform with the Harmony Chamber Orchestra and conductor Aram Talalyan.
The project "Days of Maltese Music in Armenia" was initiated by the European Foundation for
Support of Culture, headed by President Konstantin Ishkhanov and the Armenian State
Within the framework of the DasA project, Yerevan's Calouste Gyulbenkian No. 190 High
School students also attended the first concert Days of Maltese Music in Armenia. The students
participated beforehand in an interactive lesson on classical music, introducing them to the life,
work, musical heritage of a number of composers and the rules for attending classical music