Narek Hakhnazaryan debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, performing Khachaturian's Concerto Rhapsody
In a few days Narek Hakhnazaryan will make his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck.
Hakhnazaryan will play the Concerto Rhapsody by his compatriot, the Armenian composer Khachaturian as part of the Orchestra's Thanksgiving weekend concerts on 29 November and 1 December.
Written in 1963, the Concerto Rhapsody was one of many great cello works dedicated to Rostropovich, who gave the first performance in 1964 in Gorky. It forms part of a trio of Concerto-Rhapsodies by Khachaturian – one each for violin, cello and piano.
The work is recognised for its technical demands on the soloist, including a substantial amount of improvisatory-style writing. Perhaps this is one of the reasons it is not performed as much as other works for solo cello; Khachaturian being a cellist himself was well-placed to push the boundaries of the solo part!
Hakhnazaryan feels a particular connection with this work which he finds deeply Armenian in its nature and musical language.
His last performance of the work was in Moscow at the Viva Cello Festival earlier this month, and his next scheduled performance (at the time of writing) is May 2021 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of his Artist Residency there.
In between concerto performances, Hakhnazaryan gives a recital as part of the Orchestra's 'PSO360' series, unique performances which see an intimate audience of 200 surround the soloist in circular seating, just inches away from the action.
Watch Hakhnazaryan performing Concerto Rhapsody below:
Intermusica at the 2019 Verbier Festival: 18 concerts over 16 days
The Verbier Festival opens on 18 July 2019, beginning two weeks of concerts from some of classical music’s biggest stars. As ever there is a strong Intermusica presence, with nine artists performing throughout the festival. Several concerts will be streamed live on Medici.tv – click here for more details.
Kristóf Baráti made his debut at Verbier in 2016, giving two sensational back-to-back recitals of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. He has since become a festival favourite and this year joins Valery Gergiev and the Verbier Festival Orchestra to perform Bartók at the festival’s opening concert at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 18 July. On 23 July, Baráti unites with Lahav Shani and Sergei Babayan for an all-star chamber concert at the Église at 11am. Shani and Babayan begin the concert with Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, after which Baráti leads a performance of Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 with Shani, Lawrence Power and Jian Wang.
On 19 July, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Daniil Trifonov unite for a recital at the Église at 4pm. Together they perform sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, a repeat of their recital programme during Trifonov’s recent residency at the Rheingau Festival. Hakhnazaryan also performs at the Église at 11am on 22 July, joining Marc Bouchkov and Behzod Abduraimov to play piano trios by Rachmaninov, Dvořák and the Armenian composer Arno Babajanian.
Daniil Trifonov gives two further performances at the festival this year. On 20 July he gives a sold-out solo recital at the Église at 8pm, performing a wide-ranging programme of 20th century music. The following day, he joins Sergei Babayan to perform works for two pianos by Robert Schumann, Bach and Mozart with Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm. Babayan also gives a solo recital of Chopin at the Église at 8pm on 29 July.
George Li returns to Verbier for three performances. On 21 July at 8pm he joins Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power and his fellow rising star Sheku Kanneh-Mason to perform music by Bridge, Elgar and Rebecca Clarke. Li and Kanneh-Mason then reunite on 24 July in recital at the Église at 11am, performing music by Beethoven, Debussy, Lutosławski, Fauré and Mendelssohn. Li brings his stay at the festival to a close with a solo recital of linked pieces by Beethoven and Schumann at the Église at 11am on 27 July.
This year sees the return of Louis Schwizgebel to Verbier for a solo recital at the Église at 4pm on 26 July. Schwizgebel performs three works by Debussy: the evocative Estampes, with its movements evoking Indonesia, Moorish Spain and a violent rainstorm, Images oubliées and L’isle joyeuse. His recital culminates in Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.
Lahav Shani is joined by violinist Vadim Repin and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 27 July. Shani opens the concert with Weber Overture to Oberon and then conducts Repin in Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2. The concert culminates in Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’. He also conducts the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins in a concert of Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky at 7pm on 31 July.
Renaud Capuçon’s return to Verbier comes alongside pianist András Schiff in a sold-out recital at the Église at 11am on 28 July. Their programme features three different composers embodying three different ways of exploring the sonata form: Debussy, Schumann and Franck.
Leonidas Kavakos is a firm favourite of the Verbier audience and this year gives two performances at the Salle des Combins. On 29 July he performs Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 with Evgeny Kissin at 7pm, and he then returns on 2 August (also at 7pm) to perform Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Antoine Tamestit and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Antoine Tamestit gives two further performances at this year’s festival. He is first joined by harpsichordist Masato Suzuki for a recital of music by Bach at the Église at 11am on 1 August. As well as collaborating on Bach’s Sonatas for Viola da gamba and harpsichord, the two musicians separately perform his Cello Suite No.2 and French Suite No.5. Tamestit also joins his regular collaborators in the Quatuor Ébène at 11am the Église on 29 July to perform Mozart String Quintet No.4.
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman perform at the Wigmore Hall
The trio will perform two classics of the piano trio repertoire, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.1 and Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No.1, as well as Rachmaninov’s Vocalise arranged for trio by Hakhnazaryan’s pianist mother, Gayane.
The lunchtime concert, their London Trio debut, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
The trio next perform together on 17 April at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes debut with the Wiener Symphoniker
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Vienna on 8 March 2019 to make his debut with the Wiener Symphoniker. Performing under the baton of Jakub Hrůša, Hakhnazaryan is the soloist for Elgar Cello Concerto at the Wiener Konzerthaus. The concert will be recorded by Radio Ö1 for broadcast at a later date, and Hakhnazaryan gives a repeat performance on 10 March.
Hakhnazaryan gives two further concerts this month. He returns to the Munich Chamber Orchestra to play Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 on 23 March, and then joins the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra on 30 March to perform Tommie Haglund's concerto for cello and orchestra, Flaminis Aura.
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan & Benjamin Beilman reunite in recital at Schloss Elmau & Geneva
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman reunite this month for trio performances in Germany’s Schloss Elmau on 2 February and Geneva’s Salle Centrale Madeleine on the 5 February. The concerts are the first time Schwizgebel, Haknazaryan and Beilman have played together as a trio since their debut performance at the Concertgebouw in 2017.
Together Schwizgebel, Hakhnazaryan and Beilman perform Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1, Ravel Piano Trio in A minor and Shostakovich Piano Trio.
The trio next perform together on 1 April at London's Wigmore Hall, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Narek Hakhnazaryan performs with Daniil Trifonov at the Vienna Musikverein
Narek Hakhnazaryan and Daniil Trifonov join violinist Sergei Dogadin for a recital at the Wiener Musikeverein on 14 January 2019. Together the trio perform a Russian programme of Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2 and Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No.2. The concert is part of Trifonov's residency and follows soon after he gave four performances of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Alain Altinoglu.
Following the concert in Vienna, Hakhnazaryan joins pianist Oxana Shevchenko in Rome for a recital at the Aula Magna dell'Università la Sapienza, performing a programme of Debussy, Fauré, Massenet, Saint-Saëns and Chopin.
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to the NHK Symphony Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Japan this month to play four concerts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Hakhnazaryan is the soloist for Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 and performs twice in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall on 14 and 15 November and also in two further concerts in Ashikaga and Iwaki on 17 and 18 November.
Hakhnazaryan then travels to Taipei to make his debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. He plays Tchaikovsky Nocturne and Variations on a Rococo Theme in two concerts at the Taipei National Concert Hall on 23 and 24 November, with fellow Intermusica artist Vasiliy Sinaisky.
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Wigmore Hall with Pavel Kolesnikov
Narek Hakhnazaryan appears in recital at Wigmore Hall on 2 October 2018, performing with pianist Pavel Kolesnikov. The recital is the first of three at the Hall for Hakhnazaryan this season. Two major Russian sonatas by Myakovksy and Shostakovich form the centrepiece of a programme that otherwise features smaller, lighter works including Hakhnazaryan’s own arrangement of Tchaikovsky Mélodie in E flat.
Hakhnazaryan’s appearance at Wigmore Hall last season was well received by audience and critics alike:
"The Wigmore audience...were completely under his spell...Hakhnazaryan and his beautiful 1707 'filius Andreae' cello were giving everything to this concert"
Bachtrack, five stars, April 2018
This comes after a busy month for Hakhnazaryan whose recent appearances include stepping in for Giovanni Sollima to perform with Modestas Pitrėnas and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (14 and 15 September), with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Dalia Stasevska (21 September), and at Amsterdam Concertgebouw (26 September) with Jamie Phillips and the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
Narek Hakhnazaryan tours US summer festivals
Narek Hakhnazaryan appears in concert throughout North America this summer, playing at a number of music festivals across the country. Hakhnazaryan plays Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme at the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine) on 6 July, Bellingham Festival of Music (Washington) on 11 July and Music in the Mountains (Colorado) on 15 July. The conductors are Angel Gil-Ordoñez, Michael Palmer and Guillermo Figueroa respectively. Hankhnazaryan recently performed the Variations with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu:
"in his memorable SLSO debut. Hakhnazaryan took on Tchaikovsky’s...Variations on a Rococo Theme, in a revelatory performance that combined an exquisitely rich singing tone with lyrical grace and a spectacular technical prowess that made even the most elaborate of the variations seem effortless."
St Louis Post-Dispatch, April 2018
Hakhnazaryan also plays with the Z.E.N Trio for two concerts at the Aspen Music Festival on 25 July and Ottawa Chamberfest on 28 July. Both programmes feature Dvořák Piano Trio No.4 ‘Dumky’, a piece that features on the trio’s debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon:
"The ZEN Trio play this …with the technical assurance, musical conviction and stylistic unanimity of an ensemble that's been together for many years."
Gramophone, April 2018
Elsewhere on the tour are performances at the Brevard Music Festival on 21 July and Colorado Music Festival on 2 August. Sergey Khatchatryan joins Hakhazaryan with conductor Rune Bergmann to play Brahms Double Concerto at Brevard; Peter Oundjian is the conductor in Colorado where Hakhnazaryan plays Dvořák Cello Concerto.
Narek Hakhnazaryan tours Austria with the Great Talents Project
Narek Hakhnazaryan, as part of the Great Talent project, appears in a series of concerts across Austria this June. The Chamber Concerts begin at the Musikverein, Graz on 13 June, and he subsequently performs at the Wiener Konzerthaus on 14 June and at the Kremsmünster Abbey on 16 June. The programme consists of Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello, Fauré La Bonne Chanson, and Schubert Piano Quintet ‘Trout’.
The Great Talents project, organised by Wiener Konzerthaus, is dedicated to the promotion of young talented musicians. Hakhnazaryan appears throughout the season in a number of concerts that promise "fresh interpretations, tangible suspense and the energy of five young people who are already phenomenal."
Narek Hakhnazaryan performs in Cellomania at Dresden Music Festival
Narek Hakhnazaryan performs in two concerts at the Dresden Music Festival as part of the celebration Cellomania. On 19 May, Hakhnazaryan plays Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in a concert titled “Junge Wilde”. The second concert, “Long Night of the Cello”, is the finale of Cellomania and consists of seventeen of the world’s most celebrated cellists, featuring Hakhnazaryan as well as Intermusica’s Kian Soltani and Mischa Maisky.
Hakhnazaryan also returns to Ireland this month to perform with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. The two concerts take place on 11 May at National Concert Hall, Dublin and 12 May at the Waterford Institute of Technology. Hakhnazaryan plays Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 and the conductor is Christian Vasquez.
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Wigmore Hall with Oxana Shevchenko
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Wigmore Hall on 2 April 2018 with pianist Oxana Shevchenko. Their mixed programme includes some lesser-performed works by Tsintsadze, Albéniz, Shchedrin and Cassado as well as Schumann Adagio and Allegro and Brahms’ Cello Sonata No.2.
This concert follows a recital tour across America in February 2018 during which Hakhnazaryan received glowing praise from critics:
“The cellist carved out his melodic lines in meticulous detail…Hakhnazaryan achieved an anguished edge and then dazzled with fastidious finger work."
Washington Post, February 2018
Hakhnazaryan then performs Elgar Cello Concerto with Ben Gernon and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 5 April.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes debut with the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali at the Teatro dal Verme in Milan on 1 and 3 March 2018, performing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 under the baton of Andris Poga.
Later in the month, Hakhnazaryan returns to Germany for a recital with Oxana Shevchecko in Ludwigshafen on 18 March. The duo perform a mixed programme that features lesser-known repertoire from Hakhnazaryan's native Armenia alongside works by composers including Brahms and Schumann.
The following week Hakhnazaryan joins the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie on 28 March to give the world premiere of Eduard Hayrapetyan Cello Concerto. He also returns to the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland for a performance of Khachaturian’s Concerto Rhapsody, conducted by his brother Tigran Hakhnazaryan.
Narek Hakhnazaryan debuts with the Erie Philharmonic
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his Erie Philharmonic debut this month with conductor Daniel Meyer, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 on 4 November 2017 at the Warner Theatre. The programme also feature Arvo Pärt’s Fratres and R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra.
Hakhnazaryan’s performance of the concerto earlier this year with the Utah Symphony and conductor Thierry Fischer was met with great critical acclaim:
Narek Hakhnazaryan steps in to make debut with the Baltimore Symphony & Marin Alsop
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra this month, joining the orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to perform Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme on 27 October 2017. Conducted by fellow Intermusica artist Marin Alsop, Hakhnazaryn gives a second performance at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on 28 October and a third at the Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda on 29 October.
Hakhnazaryan performed the Rococo Variations for his acclaimed debut with the Sydney Symphony in 2016:
"Hakhnazaryan proved a sensitive partner, revelling in the long, lyrical lines, his coppery tone coming through Stanhope’s delicate supporting textures with ease."
Narek Hakhnazaryan tours the United Kingdom and China with the ZEN Trio
Narek Hakhnazaryan embarks on a tour of the United Kingdom and China with the ZEN trio this month, beginning at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 2 October 2017. The trio then continue to St George’s Hall, Liverpool on 3 October and then in the Hong Kong City Hall on 10 October. While in China they also tackle the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra on 6 October and the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra on 8 October.
The ZEN Trio is made up of Hakhnazaryan and his fellow former BBC New Generation Artists Zhang Zuo (piano) and Esther Yoo (violin). This is the trio’s inaugural tour and marks the release of their debut album, released on Deutsche Grammophon on 29 September. The album features recordings Brahms Piano Trio No.1 and Dvořák ‘Dumky’ Piano Trio.
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan & Benjamin Beilman make trio debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman give their debut concert as a piano trio at the Robeco SummerNights Festival in Amsterdam on 14 July 2017. Performing at the city's Concertgebouw, the trio perform a programme of Beethoven Piano Trio No.7 in B-flat major, Shostakovich Piano Trio No.1 in C minor and Ravel Piano Trio in A minor.
Schwizgebel, Hakhnazaryan and Beilman give a preview of the concert the day before on the Dutch classical radio station Opium (NPO Radio 4). The artists will each be interviewed, and give a short performance.
Narek Hakhnazaryan performs Dvorák on tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to New Zealand this month for four concerts around the country with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra from 20 May 2017. The concerts are Hakhnazaryan's first return to the orchestra since his successful debut in 2014.
Hakhnazaryan performs Dvorák Cello Concerto on the tour, which begins at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on 20 May and visits Napier Municipal Theatre, Tauranga Baycourt Addison Theatre, and the Auckland Town Hall. Conducted by Darrell Ang, the full programme features David Grahame Taylor Embiosis and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6.
Hakhnazaryan follows his New Zealand trip with recitals in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, performing a programme of Bach, Khudoyan, Ligeti, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to London for BBC Radio 3 recital at LSO St Luke's
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to London on 6 April 2017 to give a recital at LSO St Luke's, recorded for broadcast as part of the BBC’s Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts series. Joined by accompanist Pavel Kolesnikov on piano, Hakhnazaryan performs Debussy Cello Sontata, Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 and a selection of short solo pieces by Fauré; Élégie, Après un rêve, and Papillon.
The following week on 11 April, Hakhnazaryan performs at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall as part of the Warsaw Easter Festival. Hakhnazaryan performs Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, conducted by Sergey Smbatyan. The Concerto-Rhapsody is a key work in Hakhnazaryan’s performance repertoire, with The Herald Scotland praised a previous performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra:
"Nerek Hakhnazaryan’s performance was intense, most of it frantic and impulsive, requiring a depth and power that was outwardly physically demanding."
Narek Hakhnazaryan embarks on European recital tour
Narek Hakhnazaryan embarks upon a series of European recitals this month, beginning with a performance at Eindhoven's Musiekgebouw with Pavel Kolesnikov on 5 March 2017. At the Musiekgebouw the duo performs works by Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Massenet, Saint-Saens and Faure, and repeat the programme on 7 March at Lugano's LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura.
Following this, Hakhnazaryan performs in recital at London's King's Place with pianist Oxana Shevchenko on 11 March, where they perform music by Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Harutyunyan, Khudoyan, Sollima and Rachmaninov. He and Shevchenko repeat the programme on 18 March at Macerata's Teatro Laura Rossi.
Later in the month, Hakhnazaryan debuts with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and returns to the Orchestra della Toscana.
Ben Gernon & Narek Hakhnazaryan debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Ben Gernon steps in to make his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in two performances at the Konserthuset on 22 and 23 February 2017. Joining him for these concerts is Narek Hakhnazaryan, who is also performing with the orchestra for the first time.
The programme opens with Kaija Saariaho Ciel d'hiver and also features Mendelssohn Symphony No.1 and Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1, which Hakhnazaryan performed to "thrilling" (Salt Lake Tribune) effect in his debut with the Utah Symphony earlier in the month.
The concerts in Stockholm are just the first in a series of debuts for Gernon over the coming months: in March he conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony for the first time, and then in Stuttgart he makes debuts with the Staatstheater Stuttgart and Stuttgart Opera, where he conducts Mozart Il nozze di Figaro.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes debut with the Utah Symphony conducted by Thierry Fischer
Narek Hakhnazaryan travels to Salt Lake City this month to make his debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra under Thierry Fischer in three performances on 2, 3 and 4 February 2017. Hakhnazaryan joins the orchestra to perform Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1.
"Hakhnazaryan had eloquent control of his bow arm and shaded the tones with endless variety. The pitch was as pure as ice water no matter how daring the leaps... He gambolled through the music like a young colt, dazzling with his left-hand agility on the fingerboard as well as his dexterity with the bow."
South China Morning Post
Elsewhere in February, Hakhnazaryan’s performances include a return to the Kansas City Symphony forSaint-Saëns Cello Concert No.1 with Jun Maerkl, and his debut with the orchestra of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera also with Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 conducted by Ingo Metzmacher on 17 February.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes debuts with the Netherlands Philharmonic & Konzerthaus Berlin
Narek Hakhnazaryan starts the New Year with two back-to-back orchestral debuts in January 2017, performing first with the Netherlands Philharmonic on 14 and 15 January followed by the Konzerthausorchester Berlin the following week.
Hakhnazayran joins the Netherlands Philharmonic to perform Dvorák Cello Concerto in B minor at the Concertgebouw under the baton of Marc Albrecht. He then travels to Berlin to give his first performances with the Berlinkonzerthausorchester on 19, 20 and 21 January 2017. Hakhnazaryan performs Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 under the baton of Micha Nesterowicz.
Hakhnazaryan’s recent debut at the BBC Proms in August 2016 earned was hailed as “impressive” by the Times, who also commented that “his playing was like a perfectly honed signature, every flourish and curl executed with elegant ease."
The Guardian also praised his performance, calling it “the concert’s highlights” and describing his playing as “technically impeccable and distinctively personal.”
Following these two debuts, Hakhnazaryan embarks on a tour of the United States, which includes a recital in California as well as performances with the Utah Symphony and Kansas City Symphony Orchestras.
Narek Hakhnazaryan debuts at the BBC Proms with the Ulster Orchestra
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to London to make his BBC Proms debut at Royal Albert Hall on 21 August 2016. Hakhnazaryan joins the Ulster Orchestra and Rafael Payare to perform Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1.
Hakhnazaryan’s Proms appearance concludes a successful 2015/16 season which also included debuts with the Seattle Symphony, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and most recently his critically acclaimed debut with Sydney Symphony Orchestra:
"Hakhnazaryan proved a sensitive partner, revelling in the long, lyrical lines, his coppery tone coming through Stanhope’s delicate supporting textures with ease."
Narek Hakhnazaryan debuts with Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Narek Hakhnazaryan follows his Adelaide Symphony Orchestra debut with his first appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing three concerts at Sydney Opera House on 4, 6 and 7 May 2016. Conducted by Oleg Caetani, Hakhnazaryan performs Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, as well as the world premiere of Dawn and Darkness by Australian composer Paul Stanhope. Dawn and Darkness was written as a companion work to Shostakovich Symphony No.7 'Leningrad', which also features on the programme.
Hakhnazaryan then travels to Asia for two recitals at Hong Kong City Hall (10 May) and Shanghai Concert Hall (13 May) with American pianist Noreen Polera. Featured on the French-themed programme are works by Faure, Debussy, Massanet, Saint-Saens, and Franck.
Narek Hakhnazaryan debuts with the Seattle Symphony
Narek Hakhnazaryan joins the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall on 14 and 16 April 2016, when he makes his debut with two performances of Dvorák Cello Concerto conducted by Mikhail Tatarnikov. Earlier in the month, Hakhnazaryan makes another U.S. debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ben Gernon, performing Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations on 31 March, and 1 and 2 April.
Following this, Hakhnazaryan makes his Australian debut with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on 29 and 30 April, performing Rococo Variations as well as Tchaikovsky Nocturne with conductor Arvo Volmer.
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Japan for his NHK Symphony Orchestra debut
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his NHK Symphony Orchestra debut in two concerts on 30 and 31 January 2016, performing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 under the baton of Alondra de la Parra at Ashikaga Shimin Kaikan, Tochigi and Orchard Hall, Tokyo. Hakhnazaryan last performed in Japan in October 2014 on a solo recital tour, visiting Kyoto, Hyogo and Musashino.
Earlier in the month Hakhnazaryan performs with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra on 22 and 23 January in Budapest and Pecs with Gilbert Varga.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes Orchestre de Paris debut with Brahms Double Concerto
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with Orchestre de Paris on 19 December 2015, when he joins fellow Armenian Sergey Khachatryan to perform Brahms’ Double Concerto under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The programme for the concert at the Philharmonie de Paris also includes Berlioz Symphonie fantastique.
Elsewhere in December, Hakhnazaryan performs a solo recital in Osnabrück on 4 December, with a programme of Hungarian and Armenian music including solo cello works by Ligeti, Komitas, Khudoyan and Kodály.
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Wigmore Hall for BBC Lunchtime Concert
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Wigmore Hall on 23 November 2015 to perform in recital with fellow New Generation Artist Pavel Kolesnikov, as part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert series. The recital feautres feature Schumann’s 5 Pieces in Folk Style, Khudoyan’s Sonata No.1 for solo cello, and Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No.2 in D major and is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Hakhnazaryan and Kolesnikov perform a similar programme at Malta’s Three Palaces Festival on 5 November, with the addition of works by Tchaikovsky, with the performance taking place in Malta’s National Museum of Archaeology.
Also in November, Hakhnazaryan returns to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of fellow Intermusica artist Jamie Phillips. Hakhnazaryan performs Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody on 12 November in Glasgow City Halls, and on 13 November at Inverness’s Eden Court Theatre.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes debut at Beethovenfest Bonn
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut at Beethovenfest Bonn on 18 September 2015 at Collegium Leoninum with a solo programme including Bach’s Cello Suite No.1, Ligeti’s Sonata for Solo Cello, Khudoyan’s Sonata No.1 for Cello Solo and Kodály’s Cello Sonata.
Elsewhere in September, Hakhnazaryan performs in Finland with Kymi Sinfonietta on 9 and 10 September, where he will plays the Dvořák Cello Concerto. Hakhnazaryan also performs in recital in Denmark with performances in Birkerød and Fredericia on 22 and 24 September respectively, accompanied by fellow Armenian Marianna Shirinyan. The duo will perform works by Beethoven & Franck.
Narek Hakhnazaryan: Elgar’s Cello Concerto with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Aspen Music Festival
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to Aspen Festival for two performances on 5 and 7 August 2015, two years after his critically acclaimed debut there in 2013 in which he “unfurled the music with grace and clarity, supple in tone, eloquently phrased” (Aspen Times).
On 5 August, Hakhnazaryan once again joins the Aspen Festival Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan to perform Boccherini’s Cello Concerto No.9. The second performance is a chamber concert, where Hakhnazaryan plays Schubert’s Octet in F major with Veronika Eberle & James Dunham, among others.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with a performance on 9 July 2015 at Holywood Bowl. The Russian-themed performance is conducted by Lionel Bringuier, featuring music by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with Hakhnazaryan performing the latter’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Of Hakhnazaryan’s last Los Angeles appearance, in April with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the LA Times wrote:
“Hakhnazaryan did a tremendously effective job with the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1, singing slowly and soulfully through the lyrical portions, with flawless intonation and impeccable incisive technique in the more agitated portions.”
Also this month, Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with a studio performance in Manchester with conductor John Storgards on 15 July. Hakhnazaryan plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto and the performance is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Narek Hakhnazaryan steps in to join WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln's Spanish tour
Narek Hakhnazaryan has stepped in at the last minute to join the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln for three concerts of its Spanish tour, with performances taking place tonight (5 June 2015) in Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante, 8 June at L’Auditoria in Barcelona, and 10 June at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música.
Hakhnazaryan will play Dvořák’s Cello Concerto on the tour, following his performance of the piece with London Philharmonic Orchestra the night before, on 4 June. Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the tour, with whom Hakhnazaryan appeared with Seoul Philharmonic last month.
Monday’s performance in Barcelona will be broadcast live on Radio Catalunya.
Giancarlo Guerrero & Narek Hakhnazaryan make Royal Festival Hall debuts with London Philharmonic Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero and Narek Hakhnazaryan make their Royal Festival Hall debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 1 May 2015. Guerrero conducts Hakhnazaryan and the LPO in a performance of Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Hakhnazaryan made his debut with the orchestra in Brighton in March 2013, and will play with them once again this year on 4 June at the Salisbury Festival.
The following week Guerrero returns to the Brussels Philharmonic, an orchestra he has often conducted in the past. Together they will play a programme that features Hadyn Symphony No.100 ‘Military’ and Górecki Symphony No.3 ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’.
Narek Hakhnazaryan performs with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for two performances of Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No.1 on 18 (Alex Theatre) and 19 April (Royce Hall). The programme, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein, features the work of Grammy-nominated American composer Joseph Hallman, as well as Mozart’s 'Jupiter' Symphony.
Elsewhere in April, Hakhnazaryan returns to the UK for a recital at Reading Concert Hall with Oxana Shevchenko. The programme features many works from the duo’s March recital in Lucerne, including pieces by Schumann, Stravinsky and Franck, and the recital will be recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra this month, with a performance on 20 March at Hessischer Rundfunk Sendesaal. The conductor will be Aziz Shokhakimov, and Hakhnazaryan will perform Dvořák Cello Concerto. Listen to the concert live on hr2 at 7pm on 20 March.
Also this month, Hakhnazaryan performs at Lucerne Chamber Music Society with Oxana Shevchenko on 8 March. The duo will perform a programme which includes Stravinsky, Schumann and Franck. Hakhnazaryan will also perform a matinee recital with Igor Levit at Philharmonie Essen on 15 March, performing Schumann, Beethoven and Shostakovich.
Following this, he returns to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing a variety of chamber music at Alice Tully Hall (29 and 31 March), and Drew University, New Jersey (28 March).
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with Helsinki Philharmonic
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic in two performances under the baton of Baldur Brönnimann on 11 and 12 February. For both concerts, Hakhnazaryan will perform Dvořák Cello Concerto at Helsinki Music Centre.
Prior to this, on 3 February, Hakhnazaryan performs in recital in Rome at La Sapienza University with pianist Oxana Shevchenko. The duo will perform works by Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Stravinsky.
On 21 and 22 February, Hakhnazaryan then travels to Vienna, to perform at the Konzerthaus for the second time this year, this time with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Hakhnazaryan previously performed with the orchestra in 2013, and this time returns to perform Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 with conductor Stefan Vladar.
Finally, Hakhnazaryan concludes an extremely busy month by making his debut with Detroit Symphony, with two performances on 28 February and 1 March. Joining the orchestra and conductor Leonard Slatkin, Hakhnazaryan will perform Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Narek Hakhnazaryan performs his first orchestral engagement as a BBC New Generation Artist on 6 January when he makes his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Hakhnazaryan will perform Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 under the baton of Rumon Gamba, and the performance will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Afternoon on 3 at Maida Vale Studios.
Following this, Hakhnazaryan will reunite with Sergey and Lusine Khachatryan for two trio performances. The first, at Deutschlandfunk Köln on 13 January, will be broadcast on Deutschlandradio on 2 February. The trio’s final performance of Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Babajanian – performed earlier this season at Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Mariinsky Theatre, among others – will take place on 15 January at Vienna Konzerthaus.
Previous peformances of this programme have been praised by the press: “…an injection of drive that liberated the works from noble-minded classical tedium” (Neumarkter Nachtrichten) with “all three participants proving themselves…to be technically perfect and musically outstanding players" (Mittelbayerische Zeitung).
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes debut with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in South Island tour
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his New Zealand debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as he embarks on a tour of the South Island in which he performs Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Featuring Benjamin Northey as conductor, the tour takes in Wellington (21 November), Marlborough (22 November), Invercargill, Dunedin, Oamaru and Christchurch (26-29 November).
Prior to this, Hakhnazaryan makes his debut with Fondazione ICO Tito Schipa di Lecce, in Italy's Apulia region, with concerts in Fasano (13 November) and Lecce (14 November).
Narek Hakhnazaryan plays with Mariinsky Orchestra & Gergiev in Japan
Narek Hakhnazaryan performs once again with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev on 8 and 9 October, as they travel to Japan to give two performances in Seitoku University and in Kumamoto. Hakhnazaryan will perform the Dvorák Cello Concerto for both concerts.
Following his concerts with the Mariinsky and Gergiev, Hakhnazaryan then performs in recital with Kazakh pianist Oxana Shevchenko in a series of recitals in Hyogo (11 October), Kyoto (13 October) and Musashino (14 October). The duo will perform pieces by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Schumann, and Hakhnazaryan will play solo works by composers including Sollima and J.S. Bach.
On 17 October, Hakhnazaryan and Shevchenko then give a recital in China at Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou.
Narek Hakhnazaryan is a BBC New Generation Artist, 2014-16
Narek Hakhnazaryan is one of six young musicians from across the globe selected by BBC Radio 3 to join the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme for 2014-16.
BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme has nurtured young musical talent since 1999. Now in its 16th year the scheme provides musicians with the chance to develop their live and recorded performances, including broadcasts with BBC orchestras, lunchtime concerts from around the UK and regular studio recordings, as well as forming chamber music collaborations with fellow NGAs.
Through supporting the brightest musicians in reaching the next stage of their careers the scheme showcases new talent to listeners across the UK. Over the past 16 years the scheme has supported and spotted internationally recognised artists such as Benjamin Grosvenor, Alison Balsom, Christine Rice, Janine Jansen, Steven Osbourne, Martin Fröst and Igor Levit.
In its press release, the BBC commented: "Narek Hakhnazaryan studied at the Moscow and New England Conservatories; he was mentored by Rostropovich and received a scholarship from the Rostropovich Foundation. Prizes include the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2011. Hakhnazaryan's many high-level engagements have included concerto appearances with the London Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony orchestras, with conductors such as Gergiev, Robertson, Bělohlávek and Koopman. He has also performed in recital and chamber music in many of the major halls and festivals across the globe including Wigmore Hall, Salle Pleyel (Paris), Berlin Konzerthaus and Amsterdam Concertgebouw."
Narek Hakhnazaryan returns to La Scala and makes debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Following his debut with the orchestra last year, when he played Dvořák's Cello Concerto, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan performs with the Filharmonica della Scala in his return to Milan this spring, with a performance of Dutilleux's Tout un monde lointain under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his debut in June with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under the baton of Music Director Tugan Sokhiev in two concerts on 4 and 5 June. Hakhnazaryan performs Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for both concerts, which take place at Halle aux Grains in Toulouse (4 June), and Salle Pleyel in Paris (5 June).