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Narek Hakhnazaryan

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2014-16

  • 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 across the globe and has established himself internationally as one of the finest cellists of his generation. Hakhnazaryan has earned critical acclaim world-wide, with the Strad describing him as “dazzlingly brilliant” and the Washington Post hailing him “a seasoned phenomenon”. In 2014 he was invited to join the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme and in August 2016 he makes his BBC Proms debut.

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  • Hakhnazaryan has performed with orchestras such as the London Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, NHK Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic orchestras and Orchestre de Paris, and with conductors such as Gergiev, Guerrero, Hrusa, Koopman, Neemi Järvi, Pletnev, Slatkin, Sokhiev, Robertson, Bělohlávek. He made a hugely debut with the LA Philharmonic/ Bringuier at the Hollywood Bowl in 2015 and toured Spain with the WDR Symphony/Saraste in the same year.

    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, Oji Hall Tokyo, Shanghai Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall (Boston) and at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Ravinia, Aspen, Piatigorsky, Mikkeli, Pau Casals, Lucerne and Verbier Festivals amongst many others.

    Highlights of Hakhnazaryan’s 2016/17 season include debuts with orchestras such as Berlin Konzerthaus, Netherlands Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, Teatro Dell’Opera (Rome), Munich Chamber, Essen Philharmonic orchestras and returns to the BBC Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony orchestras, Orchestre della Toscana and to the Warsaw Easter Festival. In recital, Hakhnazaryan will perform in cities such as London, Lugano and Eindhoven and in Summer 2017 he tours SE Asia with concerts in Taipei, Seoul, Kyoto and Tokyo.

    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.

    2016/17 season / 433 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Recent & forthcoming highlights

Concerto highlights:

Los Angeles Philharmonic, cond. Lionel Bringuier

Czech Philharmonic, cond. Jiri Bělohlávek / Prague Dvořák Festival

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Aziz Shokhakimov

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, cond. Jukka-Pekka Saraste / Spanish tour

London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Giancarlo Guerrero

Orchestre de Paris, cond. Valery Gergiev

Mariinsky Orchestra, cond. Valery Gergiev

Seattle Symphony, cond. Mikhail Tatarnikov

Seoul Philharmonic, cond. Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, cond. Oleg Caetani

NHK Symphony, cond. Alondra de la Parra

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, cond. Benjamin Northey

Frankfurtmuseum Gesellschaft, cond. Gilbert Varga

Berlin Konzerhaus Orchester, cond. Michal Nesterowicz

BBC Philharmonic, cond. John Storgårds

Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, cond. Tugan Sokhiev

Filarmonica della Scala Milan, cond. Juraj Valčuha

Helsinki Philharmonic, cond. Baldur Brönnimann

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, cond. Leonard Slatkin

Aspen Festival Orchestra, cond. David Robertson

Recital & chamber music highlights:

Lucerne Festival
Beethovenfest Bonn
Philharmonie Essen (with Igor Levit)
Wigmore Hall, London
Festival Internacional de Música Pau Casals
Hong Kong City Hall
Shanghai Concert Hall
Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Guangdong Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall

Trio with Sergey & Lusine Khachatryan:
Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Vienna Konzerthaus
Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaa, Cologne
Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg

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

Sample recital programmes

Schumann Adagio & Allegro, Op 70
Beethoven Cello Sonata No.5 in D major, Op.102, No.2
Chopin Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major, Op.3
Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano
Stravinsky Suite italienne, for cello and piano (after Pulcinella, transc. Piatigorsky)

Beethoven Cello Sonata No.3 in A major, Op.69
Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40

JS Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV.1007
Ligeti Sonata for Solo Cello
Khudoyan Sonata No.1 for Cello Solo
Kodály Cello Sonata

Beethoven 7 Variations for cello & piano in E-flat major on Mozart's 'Bei Männern,' WoO.46 (1802)
Tchaikovsky Nocturne in D minor, Op.19, No.4 (arr. for cello & piano)
Tchaikovsky Pezzo capriccioso, Op.62
Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40
Ligeti Sonata for Solo Cello
Rachmaninov Vocalise, Op.34, No.14
Rostropovich Humoresque, op.5


Nikolai Alexeev
Jiří Bělohlávek
Lionel Bringuier
Baldur Brönnimann
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Thierry Fischer
Valery Gergiev
Andrew Gourlay
Giancarlo Guerrero
Joji Hattori
Jakub Hrůša
Neeme Järvi
Paavo Järvi
Vladimir Jurowski
Ryan McAdams
Tito Muñoz
Mikhail Pletnev
Vladimir Spivakov
David Robertson
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Aziz Shokhakimov
Tugan Sokhiev
Ken Takaseki
Mikhail Tatarnikov
Juraj Valčuha
Stefan Vladar
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


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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