Malta Philharmonic Reinstates Principal Conductor

By Francisco Salazar

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that it will reinstate its principal conductor Maestro Sergey Smbatyan to his former position after he was cleared in Armenia of alleged fraud.

Smbatyan was suspended from his role in the orchestra in July after he and his father were arrested. However, he was acquitted in October and the charges were dropped.

In a statement, the Malta Philharmonic noted, “The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra took note of the outcome of the criminal prosecution against its Principal Conductor Maestro Sergey Smbatyan by the Armenian prosecutor-general, which acquitted Mro Smbatyan of all charges.”

It added that, “MPO has withdrawn the suspension and would be reinstating the Maestro to his former position”