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Narek Hakhnazaryan


  • 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 and chamber music across the globe at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals. Hakhnazaryan is a compelling artist, a true virtuoso with an innate musicality and an exceptional talent for connecting with his audience.  He has been described as “dazzlingly brilliant” (The Strad) and “nothing short of magnificent" (San Francisco Chronicle) and of his LAPO debut, the LA Times said “His command of the instrument is extraordinary”.

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  • Highlights of Hakhnazaryan’s 21/22 season include performances in Madrid with the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia and Pappano, at the Dvorak Prague festival with Netopil, Pisa festival, with the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Residentie Orchestra with Collon in both The Hague and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.  He will also tour Australia and New Zealand.  In 20/21 he made his debut with the Vienna Radio Orchestra and Alsop in the opening concert of their season at the Musikverein, with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra receiving an immediate re-invitation and was invited for a residency with Finnish Radio Symphony and Lintu, performing two televised concerti and a solo recital.  He performed a piano quartet programme with Lugansky, Boriso-Glebsky and Rysanov in Madrid, Vienna and Moscow (other major venues were cancelled) and he was due to perform in recital with Trifonov across the US including at Carnegie Hall.

    Hakhnazaryan has enjoyed a truly global career since his rise to fame in 2011 and has played with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, NHK Symphony orchestras, and with conductors such as Gergiev, Koopman, Sokhiev, Robertson, Honeck, Noseda and Netopil. 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.  A former BBC New Generation Artist, he has performed with all the BBC orchestras and made a sensational debut at the BBC Proms.  In 2017 the Vienna Konzerthaus invited Hakhnazaryan to be a “Great Talent” and during the two seasons that followed he performed there regularly in recital, chamber music and with orchestra, most notably with the Vienna Symphony and Hrůša.

    In Summer 2019 he performed in recital at the Verbier and Rheingau Festivals with Daniil Trifonov, and in the 18/19 season was enjoyed a 4-concert residency at London’s Wigmore Hall.  In North America he performs regularly in recital, most recently in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto and in past seasons has performed at Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall (Boston).  In 2017 he toured SE Asia, performing the complete Bach cello solo suites in Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo and Kyoto.   An eager chamber musician, Hakhnazaryan has performed at most major festivals world-wide and in major halls across Europe with various chamber partners.  With the ZEN Trio, he has toured the US and China, has released a recording on Deutsche Grammophon and upcoming plans include concerts in London and Barcelona.

    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.  

    2021/22 season / 701 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Livestreams & Broadcasts

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra | May 2021
Piotr Tchaikovsky: The Variations on a Rococo Theme (00:22:40)

Late Night Chamber Music: (01:27:00)
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 1 BWV 1007
György Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello

Click to watch on YLE Arena
Available until 14 May 2022

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra | May 2021
R. Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129 (00:02:35)
Click to watch on YLE Arena
Available until 19 May 2022

Concerto repertoire

Symphony No.2, Requiem for a Poet

Triple Concerto

Cello Concerto in B-flat Major

Double Concerto

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

Cello Concerto 

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


Yves Abel
Tigran Akhnazaryan
Nikolai Alexeev
Marc Albrecht
Marin Alsop
Darrell Ang
Rune Bergmann
Lionel Bringuier
Baldur Brönnimann
Michalis Economou
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Thierry Fischer
Valery Gergiev
Ben Gernon
Daniel Giglberger
Andrew Gourlay
Giancarlo Guerrero
Joji Hattori
Tomáš Hanus
Nicholas Hersh 
Johannes Hiemetsberger
Jakub Hrůša
Neeme Järvi
Paavo Järvi
Michail Jurowski
Pavel Kogan
Hannu Lintu
Jun Märkl
Wayne Marshall
Ryan McAdams
Ingo Metzmacher
Daniel Meyer
Tito Muñoz
Michal Nesterowicz
Tomas Netopil
Gianandrea Noseda 
Rafael Payare
Mikhail Pletnev
Andris Poga
Vladimir Spivakov
David Robertson
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Aziz Shokhakimov
Alexander Sidnev
Vassily Sinaisky
Sergey Smbatyan
Tugan Sokhiev
Dalia Stasevska
Francis Steiner 
John Storgårds
Ken Takaseki
Mikhail Tatarnikov
Juraj Valčuha
Gilbert Varga
Christian Vasquez
Stefan Vladar
Petr Vronský 
Duncan Ward 
Joshua Weilerstein
Hugh Wolff
Xian Zhang

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


Armenian-born Hakhnazaryan is the real deal. His articulation was clear even in the score’s wildest dashing and darting … he maintained tonal purity in the many soft, high notes that give so much character to the work.

Baltimore Sun

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