Haik Kazazyan was born in Yerevan in 1982. In 1989 he entered the Yerevan Sayat-Nova School of Music (class of Levon Zoryan). Moved to Moscow in 1996. Studied under Eduard Grach at the Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music (1996–2000) and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2000–2006), as well as under Ilya Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music in London (2006–2008).
Prize-winner at the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznań (3rd prize, 2001), the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (4th prize, 2002) and the Jacques Thibaud and Marguerite Long Competition in Paris (3rd prize and Audience Award, 2005). In 2004 he received the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the International Tibor Varga Violin Competition in Sion (Switzerland), while in 2007 he won the Gold Medal and Audience Award at the International Yun Isang Violin Competition in Tongyeong (South Korea). In 2011 he won the International George Enescu Violin Competition in Bucharest, while in 2015 he won 3rd prize and the Bronze Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
He currently appears at such acclaimed venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Barbican Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, the Small and Rachmaninoff Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Moscow International House of Music, the State Kremlin Palace and the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic. Takes part in the International Music Festival in Sion and the Music Festival in Verbier as well as the festivals Stars on Baikal, Crescendo, Arts Square and Musical Kremlin.
Appears with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Irish National Orchestra, the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Münchener Kammerorchester.
Has collaborated with such musicians as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Lazarev, Andrew Litton, Konstantin Orbelian, Alexander Polyanichko, Alan Buribayev, Jonathan Darlington, Pavel Kogan, Vladimir Ziva, Denis Matsuev, Eliso Virsaladze, Frederick Kempf, Alexei Lubimov, Alexander Kobrin, Yekaterina Mechetina, Vadym Kholodenko, Natalia Gutman, Alexander Kniazev, Alexander Rudin, Boris Andrianov and Alexander Buzlov.
In 2010 he released the solo album Opera Fantasies (Delos), while in 2017 there came an album with violin sonatas by Grieg, recorded with pianist Philipp Kopachevsky. From 2002 he was a soloist with the Moscow State Philharmonic and since 2008 he has taught at the Moscow State Conservatory.
Information for October 2019