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”. From 2014-2016 he joined the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme and in August 2016 he made his BBC Proms debut; The Times described his performance as “a perfectly honed signature, every flourish and curl executed with elegant ease” and the Guardian said that he “displayed his outstanding musicianship with a technically impeccable and distinctive account”.
Hakhnazaryan has performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, NHK Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic orchestras, and with conductors such as Gergiev, Hrusa, Koopman, Neemi Järvi, Pletnev, Slatkin, Sokhiev, Robertson, Bělohlávek, Guerrero. He made a hugely successful 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 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, 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 in Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall. Hakhnazaryan plays the 1707 Joseph Guarneri cello and F.X. Tourte bow.