- Pinchas Zukerman
26 October, 2011
“Every orchestra is unique in its own way, but I am impatiently waiting for today’s concert, because I’ll be performing with a fantastic orchestra”.
- Katharina Treutler
26 April, 2010
Dear members of APO,
I’m still fulfilled with lots of wonderful impressions and memories, that’s why I would like to thank you all once more! It was a very touching experience for me to share the 2nd piano concerto of Rachmaninoff with your excellent orchestra, to share this passionate music with so incredibly sympathetic, open-minded and heart-touching people!
I’m also very thankful and lucky about meeting, working and spending time with Eduard Topchjan – such a great conductor and personality!Thanks so much! Hope to see you all again! Yours, Katharina Treutler.
- Ian Gillan
29 March, 2010
Ladies and Gentlemen,
May I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your skills and passion were beyond all my expectations. I will never forget these wonderful concerts. With love, respect and many thanks.
Renowned Ian Gillan, soloist of legendary Deep Purple gave a concert with Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan on March 26. “The Orchestra with no experience in playing rock music demonstrated professionalism and I was surprised that musicians knew all songs in the program,” Gillan told a news conference on Saturday. “Armenia is my spiritual homeland. It has nothing to do with religion… I just like you, Armenians.” The concert organizers (Mediamax director Ara Tadevosyan and Jon Dee, the Founder and Chairman of the Australian Do Something organization and Rock Aid Armenia project initiator) informed that the Smoke on the Water single recorded 20 years ago as the 1988 earthquake relief, as well as the Yerevan concert will be put on a DVD. VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian said, for his part, “It is an honor for us to be a part of such a project.” The concerts proceeds will be spent on reconstruction of a music school in Gyumri.
- Sofia Gubaidulina
22 March, 2010
It was an amazing experience to meet the artists of your orchestra! That was an unforgettable occasion! My deep acknowledgements for your musicianship and perfection!
С большим восторгом я встретилась с артистами вашего оркестра. Это было незабываемое событие в моей жизни. Громадная благодарность за вашу музыкальность и совершенство.
- Yuri Bashmet
22 March, 2010
It was my greatest pleasure to perform with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Eduard Topchjan – the APO Principal Conductor. It’s absolutely enjoyable to play with this kind of agile musicians of high professionalism. Bravo and see you soon!
Я получил огромное наслаждение, выступая с Ереванским филармоническим симфоническим оркестром и главным дирижером Эдуардом Топчяном! Приятно музицировать с высоко профессиональными и «живыми» музыкантами. Браво!!!До следющих встреч!
- Krzysztof Penderecki
10 April, 2008
I would like to express my gratitude for the great commitment of all the musicians of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra during the realization of the concert closing the festival of my music in Yerevan. Thank you for the high artistic level and for the excellent preparation of the orchestra by you, Maestro. The time that I spent in Armenia will remain forever in my memory – the great friendliness of the whole orchestra and the great audience which gave me such a warm welcome in a country in which I have my roots.
- Jonas Alber
05 November, 2007
It was a great honour to me to conduct the opening night of the first Yerevan International Music Festival. The Armenian Philaharmonic gave tremendous performance of Rachmaninov’s second symphony which I’ll never forget. Thank you all for this fantasic week I had in Yerevan!
- Julian Gallant Conductor, pianist Director, Pushkin House
08 June, 2007
I had the honour and pleasure of conducting the Armenian Philharmonic in June 2006. I’m bound to day to say that this was a joyous experience. The musicians of the orchestra are delightful to work with; at the same time they are disciplined and hard-working. I’d like to congratulate Maestro Topchjan on the level to which he has brought the ensemble.
The program included Shostakovich’s Festival Overture, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Third Symphony of Robert Schumann. The orchestra played with great virtuosity and clarity in the Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, yet produced a much more introverted (and entirely appropriate) sound for the Schumann – even though this symphony is rarely played in Yerevan.
The Armenian Philharmonic is run very efficiently and enjoys financial stability; as everybody knows, these aspects are of immense importance.
- Mischa Maisky, cello (Israel)
29 April, 2007
It was for me a great pleasure to make Music with wonderful Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra! I hope for many concerts in the future! With all my very best wishes!
- Ivan Monighetti, cello (Switzerland)
16 March, 2007
It was a great pleasure to play with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchesta. The ensemble has a great creative potential, as well as a great desire to work hard and develop. From the bottom of my heart I wish the orchestra and Eduard Topchjan – the APO Principal Conductor – health, energy and new great accomplishments!
С большим удовольствием музицировал с Государственным оркестром Армении. У коллектива огромный творческий потенциал, большое желание работать и совершенствоваться. От души желаю всем артистам оркестра и главному дирижеру Эсуарду Топчяну здоровья, сил и новых больших успехов.
- Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne, violinist (UK)
10 May, 2002
Thank you very much for a wonderful time!