9-17 July 2018


Mikhail Kirchhoff

Mikhail Kirchhoff is the Conductor of the Samsun State Opera and Ballet Theater (Turkey), the main guest conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra "Academy of soloists" (Kazakhstan) the artistic director and principal conductor of the "Eurasian Music Games", the principal conductor of the festival "Ak Ertis". Mikhail Kirchhoff was born in 1982 in Moscow. He begun his education in the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Art. In 2009 he graduated with honours from the Moscow State P.İ. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Alexander Sladkovsky

The National artist of the Russian Federation, he graduated from the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Conservatory. The laureate of the III International competition of conductors named after S. S. Prokofiev. He made his conducting debut at the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Saint Petersburg Conservatory with the W. A. Mozart's opera "Cosi fan tutte". In 2001, Alexander Sladkovsky conducted a concert at the Hermitage Theatre in honor of Her Royal Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He was chief conductor of the Symphony orchestra of the St. Petersburg’s State Academic Capella. Assisted Maris Jansons and Mstislav Rostropovich. From 2006 to 2010, he was the conductor of "New Russia" State Symphony orchestra under Yury Bashmet. Since 2010 – Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. Over the seven years of his work in the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, he radically changed the situation, significantly raising the status of the orchestra in the musical life of the Republic of Tatarstan and the whole country, expanding its palette of creative possibilities, effectively implementing in practice the latest formats of professional work at the international level. Concerts under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky in Tatarstan earned well-deserved recognition and they are sold out for every performance.

Sergey Smbatyan

Sergey Smbatyan is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO) - previously, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. For his numerous achievements in culture, the conductor was awarded the title “Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia” by the RA President Serzh Sargsyan in 2016 and was presented with a Gold Medal by Yerevan Mayor in 2017. Earlier, in 2015, Sergey Smbatyan received the “Order of Arts and Letters of France” granted by the Minister of Culture and Communication of France. Sergey Smbatyan has got a firm belief that music unites people. With this in mind, he founded the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia (SYOA), current Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, when he was only 18 years old. Under his leadership, SYOA received invitations to internationally renowned festivals and major venues. In 2015, the orchestra performed at MIDEM in Cannes and in 2017 during the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland. In addition, SYOA has had the chance to tour in cities like Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Abu Dhabi and others.