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Narek Hakhnazaryan

Cello

  • Since winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22, Narek Hakhnazaryan has performed with most major orchestras and in recital across the globe and has established himself internationally as one of the finest cellists of his generation. From 2014-2016 he joined the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme during which time he made a hugely successful BBC Proms debut, with the Guardian commenting on his “technically impeccable and distinctively personal account” of Haydn’s First Concerto. Of his LAPO debut in 2012, the LA Times said “His command of the instrument is extraordinary”, The Strad has described him as “dazzlingly brilliant” and the San Francisco Chronicle “nothing short of magnificent."

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  • Hakhnazaryan has performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Berlin Konzerthaus, Chicago Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, NHK Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic orchestras, and with conductors such as Gergiev, Hrusa, Koopman, Metzmacher, Pletnev, Slatkin, Sokhiev, Robertson, Bringuier. He has toured Spain with the WDR Symphony/Saraste, the US with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Neemi Järvi and Japan with the Czech Philharmonic/Bělohlávek.


    An eager chamber and recital performer Hakhnazaryan has played in halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel Paris, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus, Shanghai Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall (Boston) and in summer 2017 toured SE Asia with concerts in Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo and Kyoto, where he performed the complete Bach cello solo suites. Hakhnazaryan has also performed at the Verbier, Lucerne, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Kissinger Sommer, Ravinia, Aspen, Piatigorsky, Mikkeli and Pau Casals Festivals amongst many others.


    In 17/18, highlights of Hakhnazaryan’s season include his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, St Louis Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali (Milan) and Belgrade Philharmonic orchestras, returns to the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and a tour of the US with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. He will be Artist-in-Residence of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and will perform at the Vienna Konzerthaus several times throughout the season as one of their Great Talents, both in chamber concerts and in recital. Joining forces with Zuo Zhang and Esther Yoo to form the Z.E.N. Trio, Hakhnazaryan will tour the UK and SE Asia, performing across China and Hong Kong, and in recital he returns to London’s Wigmore Hall and will perform in most of the major cities across North America, including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto.


    Narek Hakhnazaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians: his father is a violinist, his mother a pianist, and he performs regularly with his brother, the conductor Tigran Akhnazarian. 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 New Names Foundation, 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 in Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall. Hakhnazaryan plays the 1707 Joseph Guarneri cello and F.X. Tourte and Benoit Rolland bows.

    2017/18 season / 570 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

Auerbach
Symphony No.2, Requiem for a Poet


Beethoven
Triple Concerto


Boccherini
Cello Concerto in B-flat Major


Brahms
Double Concerto


Dutilleux
Tout un monde lointain…


Dvořák
Concerto in B minor, Op.104


Elgar
Concerto in E minor, Op.85


Haydn
Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Concerto No. 2 in D Major


Lalo
Cello Concerto in D minor


Lutosławski
Cello Concerto 


Khachaturian
Concerto-Rhapsody in D minor for Cello and Orchestra


Prokofiev
Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra, Op.125


Saint-Saëns
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op.33


Schumann
Concerto in A minor, Op.129


Shostakovich
Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op.107


Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33
Notturno for Cello and Strings


Vivaldi
Double Concerto for 2 Celli

Conductors

Yves Abel
Nikolai Alexeev
Marc Albrecht
Darrel Ang
Jiří Bělohlávek
Rune Bergmann
Lionel Bringuier
Baldur Brönnimann
Michalis Economou
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Thierry Fischer
Valery Gergiev
Ben Gernon
Daniel Giglberger
Andrew Gourlay
Giancarlo Guerrero
Joji Hattori
Jakub Hrůša
Neeme Järvi
Paavo Järvi
Michail Jurowski
Vladimir Jurowski
Pavel Kogan
Hannu Lintu
Jun Märkl
Ryan McAdams
Ingo Metzmacher
Daniel Meyer
Tito Muñoz
Michal Nesterowicz
Tomas Netopil
Rafael Payare
Mikhail Pletnev
Andris Poga
Vladimir Spivakov
David Robertson
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Aziz Shokhakimov
Alexander Sidnev
Vassily Sinaisky
Tugan Sokhiev
Ken Takaseki
Mikhail Tatarnikov
Juraj Valčuha
Gilbert Varga
Christian Vasquez
Stefan Vladar
Petr Vronský 
Joshua Weilerstein
Hugh Wolff
Xian Zhang

His playing was like a perfectly honed signature, every flourish and curl executed with elegant ease.

Times

Narek Hakhnazaryan displayed his outstanding musicianship with a technically impeccable and distinctive account of Haydn’s First Cello Concerto

Guardian

Hakhnazaryan had what few other cellists can boast: the power to stand up to such a wall of dark, overpowering Estonian sound… Even his grandly shaped lyrical phrases had the quality of mowing down anything in his way. His tone is as gorgeously sure as it is huge. Hakhnazaryan is clearly on his way to a big career.

Los Angeles Times

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Artist Manager (Germany)
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Assistant Artist Manager
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Tim Mead

Rupert Enticknap

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles