Narek Hakhnazaryan

At the recital at the Kennedy Center, the hall was packed to the rafters and the audience, seeing and hearing the talent of such a musician, was ecstatic... You couldn’t but feel the aural and songfulness inherent in his playing. Without a doubt, a great career awaits him.

The Washington Post

Young Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan aimed to please his audience, and judging by the vociferous reception he succeeded. Clear and secure, and the performance was further distinguished by subtly nuanced moments of unexpected pull-back and reflection. It was, quite simply, the best Fantasiestücke I have ever heard.

The Buffalo news


Since winning the Cello 1st Prize and Gold Medal at the 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.

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, the US with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Japan with the Czech Philharmonic.

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.

Highlights of Hakhnazaryan’s 2017-2018 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, a return to the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and a tour of the US with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. He is Artist-in-Residence of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus several times throughout the season.

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 1st Prize at the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia and 1st Prize at the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players.

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.
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