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 and in recital and chamber music across the globe at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals. He has been described as “dazzlingly brilliant” (The Strad) and “nothing short of magnificent" (San Francisco Chronicle) and of his LAPO debut, the LA Times said: “His command of the instrument is extraordinary”.
Highlights of Hakhnazaryan’s 19/20 season include debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Philharmonia Zurich, Antwerp Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Xi’an Symphony and at the Eufonie Festival and return engagements with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Essen Philharmonic amongst others, with conductors such as Honeck, Noseda, Ashkenazy and Netopil. In recital he appears in the US and Austria and he will perform the complete sonatas of Beethoven in Shanghai and Guangzhou. In chamber music he will perform at the Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, in Lucerne at the invitation of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and on a 6-concert tour of the US with the ZEN Trio (with Esther Yoo and Zuo Zhang). Hakhnazaryan will also be a featured soloist at the closing concert of the renowned Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles.
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.
Narek Hakhnazaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians. 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.