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."
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 Baltimore Symphony, 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 tours the UK and SE Asia, performing across China and Hong Kong to mark the release of their first recording on Deutsche Grammophon. 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.
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.
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. In September 2017 he was awarded the title of “Honored Artist of Armenia” by the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan. Hakhnazaryan plays the 1707 Joseph Guarneri cello and F.X. Tourte and Benoit Rolland bows.
Symphony No.2, Requiem for a Poet
Cello Concerto in B-flat Major
Tout un monde lointain…
Concerto in B minor, Op.104
Concerto in E minor, Op.85
Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Concerto No. 2 in D Major
Cello Concerto in D minor
Concerto-Rhapsody in D minor for Cello and Orchestra
Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra, Op.125
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op.33
Concerto in A minor, Op.129
Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op.107
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33
Notturno for Cello and Strings
Double Concerto for 2 Celli
His playing was like a perfectly honed signature, every flourish and curl executed with elegant ease.
Narek Hakhnazaryan displayed his outstanding musicianship with a technically impeccable and distinctive account of Haydn’s First Cello Concerto
Los Angeles Times
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.