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Armenian National Anthem - performed by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Eduard Topchjan. September 2011 (click to download)

Armenian National Anthem - performed by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Armenian State Academic Capella. Conductor Eduard Topchjan. September 2011 (click to download)



The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) is an orchestra based in Yerevan, Armenia. It has always been considered as one of the leading orchestras of the former Soviet Union. 

Established 89 years ago by Arshak Adamian and Alexander Spendiaryan it is the national center of professional orchestral music in Armenia. Over the years, conductors A. Adamyan, A. Spendiaryan, S. Charekyan, G. Budaghyan, K. Saradjian, M. Maluntsyan, O. Durian, M.Teryan, R. Vartanyan, A. Katanyan, D. Khandjian, V. Gergiev, V. Papyan, M. Avetisyan and L. Tjeknavorian directed the orchestra.  In October 2000 Eduard Topchjan was appointed the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the APO.

The APO performs concerts at its residence – Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall – one of the architectural pearls of Yerevan designed by Alexander Tamanian and hosts audience of 1300 seats. The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra holds the status of non-commercial state organization (NCSO).

Being led into the new millennium by Maestro Eduard Topchjan the APO is committed to promoting cultural, musical awareness in local audience regularly performing classical and operatic music in addition to national and contemporary music.

Since its foundation, the orchestra has performed most of the classical repertoire. Many of the world’s leading artists, such as David Oistrach, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emil Gilels, Renato Bruson, Steven Isserlis, Misha Mayski, Sergei Nakariakov, Boris Berezovski, Natalia Gutman, Giuseppe Giacomini, Isabelle Faust, Julia Fischer, Pinchas Zukerman, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Placido Domingo and many others, as well as already established and emerging Armenian musicians have appeared with this orchestra.

The APO features the works of Armenian and international composers and is committed to supporting the performance of new orchestral works in the programs interesting and for regular visitors, connoisseurs, tourists and young people. Alexander Melik-Pashayev, Willy Ferrero, Carlo Zecchi, Franz Konvichny, Kurt Masur and Valeri Gergiev conducted the APO the latter being five years in charge as its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.  Gia Kancheli, Sofya Gubaidullina and Rodion Shchedrin closely cooperated with the APO. Aram Khachaturian, Dmitry Kabalevsky, Krzysztof Penderecki and other composers conducted their works with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

The APO serves as Ambassador of Armenian music worldwide and tours regularly. Famous Armenian soloists appear with the APO, such as Sergei Babayan, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Sergei Khachatryan, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kim Kashkashian and many others. Since 1989 the APO has toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Greece, Iran, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia, and UAE. The most recent tours occurred to Japan in 2009 with 15 concerts, Germany and Slovakia in 2010.

 The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra hosts annual Yerevan International Music

Festival, held in autumn. The 8th edition is due in 2014. Internationally acclaimed soloists participate in the festival appearing in concerts and giving master-classes to young Armenian musicians. Eduard Topchjan and Alexander Chaushian are Artistic Directors of the festival held under patronage of First Armenian Lady Mrs. Rita Sargsyan. 

More than 30 CDs have been released with the orchestra’s recordings. The most recent “Armenian Rhapsody” was released in 2011 by BIS Records, Sweden. It was highly claimed by international reviewers.

Music by Aram Khachaturian, Arno Babadjanyan, Edvard Mirzoyan, Alexander Arutiunian, Avet Terteryan and many other prominent Armenian composers is best performed by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra featuring famous Armenian and international soloists.

Many prominent international specialists mention of constantly growing performing level of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra considering its nuanced sound, impressive string section and charismatic Artistic Director.

Principal players of the APO as of 2012:

  • Karmen Tosunyan, orchestra concertmaster
  • Aram Asatryan, principal first violin
  • Anahit Aslanyan, principal second violin
  • Aida Nalbandyan, principal viola
  • Armen Mesropyan, principal cello
  • Karen Khachatryan, principal bass
  • Tigran Gevorgyan, principal flute
  • Ashot Galstyan, principal oboe
  • Viacheslav Manucharyan, principal clarinet
  • Andranik Kocharyan, principal basson
  • Meruzhan Ter- Minasyan, principal horn
  • Shahen Gevorgyan, principal trumpet 
  • Aristakes Martirosyan, principal trombone 
  • Vagharshak Pepanyan, tuba
  • Harutyun Mkrtchyan, percussion
  • Zhanna Hovhannisyan, harp

Upcoming concerts

  • Concert in memory of the victims of 1915 Armenian Genocide Design by Alexander Davidyan

    The APO is presenting a concert with participation of Hover State Chamber Choir (Artistic Director & Conductor Sona Hovhannisyan) and Armenian State Chamber Choir (Artistic Director & Choirmaster Robert Mlkeyan). Proceeds from the concert will go to the Armenian Community of Kessab. Date: 


  • Review by V. Vasan raps

    Cellist Alexander Chaushian is wonderful artist with excellent technique and musicianship, conveying a wide range of emotions and styles of music. The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Eduard Topchjan is an excellent accompaniment to the cellist, equally capable of evoking man

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    Празднование 100-летия Арама Ильича Хачатуряна не только дань памяти и преклонение перед великим композитором. Это еще и дар всем поклонникам музыки, ибо программа юбилейного года насыщена сюрпризами, полными незабываемых арт-удовольствий. Одним из таких подарков для меломанов станет концерт, который состоится 18 апреля в концертном зале им. А.Хачатуряна. Вместе с Филармоническим оркестром Армении под управлением маэстро Эдуарда Топчяна на самую авторитетную концертную сцену страны выйдет пианис

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