National  Chamber  Orchestra of  Armenia

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia

Concert season 2012-2013 has been marked by celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. Founded in 1962, the status of State Collective was conferred on the Orchestra only in 1966.

The first director of the Orchestra and an Honoured Art Worker, Zareh Sahakiants played an inestimable part in foundation, establishment and fleet advancement of the Orchestra. His character and name are inseparably linked to the formation of the distinctive and exquisite artistic style of the orchestra, definite repertoire stance, enthusiastic welcome of the audience in Armenia and likewise in other USSR republics and in foreign concert halls. The established traditions were further developed and enriched by the subsequent directors or the orchestra - Kostandin Baghdasaryan (since 1975), Ruben Aharonyan (since 1982) and Aram Gharbekian (since 1997). The unique character of the orchestra has been greatly featured by the dedication of these brilliant figures of acute artistic temper.

Today the path covered by the orchestra presents itself as a substantial investment of a talented team in spreading and establishment of chamber music culture in Armenia. Guest conductors as well as most outstanding soloists from Armenia and abroad have performed with this orchestra.

Along with the diversity of the works by European and Russian composers, Armenian music has always occupied a significant place in the repertoire of the orchestra. Premieres of numerous works by Armenian composers have been made aside from valuable arrangements for chamber orchestra. NCOA Collection recordings and CD releases were made prolifically over years as well.

In 2011 Vahan Mardirossian has been appointed the Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of NCOA.

Within the framework of Aram Khachaturian's 110th anniversary celebrations in summer 2013, the National Chamber Orchestra participated in several international festivals held in France, Switzerland and the USA.

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Vahan Mardirossian

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Later to continue his education at the Paris Conservatoire, studying piano under Jacques Rouvier. He also took chamber music lessons in Jean Mouillère's class, later creating the Mardirossian Trio together with Nicolas Baldeyrou (clarinet) and Renaud Dejardin (cello).

Vahan Mardirossian has given recitals in a many outstanding concert halls in Germany, Israel, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Tunisia, Croatia, the Ukraine, France, Switzerland, Japan and elsewhere, performing with most celebrated orchestras (The Paris orchestra, Orchestre National de France, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Portugal Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Paris International Orchestra, the Bienne Symphonic Orchestra and the like) under the baton of such a distinguished conductors as K.Masur, P. Jarvi, Y.Ahronovitch, Y.Sado, J.Valcuha, S.Sanderling, P.Bender, A. Vakulsky and many others. He also had a successful participation in international festivals, performing with such prominent masters as Mstislav Rostropovich and Ivry Gitlis.

Among Vahan Mardirossian’s solo recordings, you will find music by Bach, Händel, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Tanguy, Lenot, Zavaro.  The recordings have been highly acclaimed by the critics, while one of his latest CDs, titled “Armenia” received the “CD of the year” award in 2007 by the “Le Monde de la Musique” Magazine. Along with his activity as a pianist, Vahan Mardirossian is simultaneously leading a promising career as a conductor.

Vahan Mardirossian is also regularly invited to conduct the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the“Amalgames” orchestra (composed of the finest musicians from the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra), the Cannes - Province Côte d’Azur Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Opera of Toulon and the Novosibirsk Chamber orchestra.  He has conducted renowned soloist such as A.Markov, X.Phillips, G. Hoffman,
J-M.Phillips-Varjabedian, N.Dautricourt, M.Coppey,E.Rozanova, R.Daugareil and others.

His rich repertoire covers a large time span ranging from the baroque period to our times.

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                                    NORAYR  NAZARYAN


After graduation from Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography Norayr Nazaryan entered Armenian State University of Economics and received a master`s degree. During 2006-2008 he was the director`s assistant of “National year” SNCO of Republic of  Armenia.  

 2008-2011 he served as a deputy director of Komitas Chamber Music Hall. From 2011 N. Nazaryan is the executive director of National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. 

In 2007 he received a Virtue of Gratitude from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.In 2011 N. Nazaryan awarded with the Gold Medal by Ministry of Culture of republic of Armenia.



Vahan Mardirossian and Federico Mondelci.

Vahan Mardirossian and Federico Mondelci.

with Richard Galliano.

with Richard Galliano.

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia  05/03/2017

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia 05/03/2017

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia  09/03/2017

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia 09/03/2017

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia  18.03.2017

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia 18.03.2017

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia

National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia

NCOA – GYUMRI -  ITALIA  21.04.2017

NCOA – GYUMRI - ITALIA 21.04.2017

"ITALY - ARMENIA Cutting Edges"  Concert dedicated to Italian Republic Day/June 2/

Jubilee concert dedicated to 75th Anniversary of Amayak Dourgarian

Jubilee concert dedicated to 75th Anniversary of Amayak Dourgarian