Hailed by the Washington Post as “a seasoned phenomenon”, Narek Hakhnazaryan is firmly established and recognised world-wide as one of the finest cellists of his generation. Having won the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22 he has already forged strong relationships across the globe with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Filarmonica de la Scala and the London Philharmonic. In 2014 he was invited to join the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme and as such his performances are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3.
Hakhnazaryan has played with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the London Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, New Zealand Symphony orchestras, and with conductors such as Gergiev, Guerrero, Hrusa, Koopman, Neemi Järvi, Slatkin, Robertson, Bělohlávek. A few weeks after stepping in at the eleventh hour to join the WDR Symphony/Saraste on tour across Spain, he made his hugely successful debut with the LA Philharmonic/ Bringuier at the Hollywood Bowl.
An eager chamber and recital performer he has played in halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel Paris, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Essen, Vienna Konzerthaus, Oji Hall Tokyo, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall (Boston) and at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ravinia, Aspen, Mikkeli, City of London, Lucerne and Verbier Festivals amongst many others.
Highlights of Hakhnazaryan’s 2015/16 season include many debuts with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Sydney Symphony, NHK Symphony, Milwaukee and Seattle Symphony, at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with the Frankfurt Museumgesellschaft and at Budapest’s Palace of the Arts with the Pannon Philharmonic. In recital he will make his debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Pau Casals Festival, Spain, in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing and will return to Lucerne and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Narek Hakhnazaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians: his father is a violinist and his mother a pianist. Mentored by the late Rostropovich, Hakhnazaryan received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2011 where he studied with Lawrence Lesser. Prior to this he studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexey Seleznyov and at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan with Zareh Sarkisyan.
Hakhnazaryan has received scholarships from the Rostropovich Foundation and the Russian Performing Arts Fund, and his prizes include First Prize in the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia and First Place in the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players. As First Prize winner in the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Hakhnazaryan made his debut at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and in Washington, DC.
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