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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. A former BBC New Generation Artist, Hakhnazaryan is currently one of the Vienna Konzerthaus’s Great Talents appearing regularly at the Konzerthaus in recital, chamber music and with orchestra. 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 18/19 season include return engagements with NHK Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Royal Stockholm, Helsinki Philharmonic and Munich Chamber orchestras and debuts with Vienna Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Western Australian Symphony, Oxford Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan amongst others. In recital he performs several times at London’s Wigmore Hall, in Rome and Aix and in chamber music, highlights include performances in Brussels and Milan with Sergey and Lucine Khachatryan, in London, Geneva and Schloss Elmau with Benjamin Beilman and Louis Schwizgebel, with whom he also returns to the Concertgebouw. Hakhnazaryan makes his debut at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale and joins Trifonov at his Musikverein residency in Vienna for a trio concert with Sergey Dogadin.

    In past seasons, Hakhnazaryan has performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Berlin Konzerthaus, Chicago Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic orchestras, and with conductors such as Gergiev, Hrůša, 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 Salle Pleyel Paris, Berlin Konzerthaus, Shanghai Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall (Boston). In summer 2017 he toured SE Asia with concerts in Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo and Kyoto, where he performed the complete Bach cello solo suites and in 17/18 he performed in many major cities across North America, including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto. Hakhnazaryan has performed at most major festivals world-wide including Verbier, Lucerne, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Kissinger Sommer, Moritzburg, White Nights, Ravinia, Aspen, Piatigorsky and Pau Casals amongst others. Together with Zuo Zhang and Esther Yoo, Hakhanzaryan is part of the Z.E.N. Trio, who have performed across the UK, SE Asia, and North America and have released their first recording on Deutsche Grammophon.

    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.

    2018/19 season / 604 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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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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