Founded in 1925 by Arshak Adamian and Alexander Spendiaryan, and resident at Yerevan’s Aram Khachaturian Hall, the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (ANPO) is one of Eastern Europe’s leading orchestras. Under Topchjan’s leadership, the orchestra has undertaken extensive international touring, serving as an ambassador for Armenian arts and culture worldwide.
Since its foundation, ANPO has been committed to promoting cultural and musical awareness in Armenia. With diverse programming that celebrates both symphonic and operatic traditions, ANPO is also recognised for its commitment to contemporary music – with commissions from Dmitry Kabalevsky, Aram Khachaturian, and Krzysztof Penderecki, amongst others.
Throughout its history, ANPO has worked with leading artists. Amongst these are such names as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, and Mstislav Rostropovich, and past Artistic Directors include Valery Gergiev (1981-1985).
The orchestra has a discography of over 40 recordings, released to critical acclaim on labels such as OEHMS Classics and BIS. ANPO also hosts the annual Yerevan International Music Festival, directed by Alexander Chaushian and Eduard Topchjan. The festival boasts a dynamic and multifaceted programme, with visits from artists of international renown, under the patronage of Armenia’s First Lady, Mrs Rita Sargsyan.