Narek Hakhnazaryan


Narek Hakhnazaryan

Since winning the First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of 22, Narek Hakhnazaryan has performed with most major orchestras and in recital and chamber music across the globe at the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues. He has been described as “Dazzlingly Brilliant” (The Strad) and “Nothing short of magnificent” (San Francisco Chronicle), and of his LAPO debut, the Los Angeles Times said “His command of the instrument is extraordinary”.

Narek Hakhnazaryan is awarded the title of “Honored Artist of Armenia” and an honorable “Movses Khorenatsi” medal for “Outstanding Achievements in The Field of Culture” by the president of Armenia.

Hakhnazaryan has been enjoying truly global career playing with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio, Helsinki Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, NHK Symphony orchestras, and with conductors such as Gergiev, Jurowski, Koopman, Alsop, Lintu, Sokhiev, Robertson, Honeck, Noseda, Fisher, Netopil and others. He has toured Spain with the WDR Symphony/Saraste, the US with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Neemi Järvi and Japan with the Czech Philharmonic/Bělohlávek. A former BBC New Generation Artist, he has performed with all the BBC orchestras and made a sensational debut at the BBC Proms. In 2017, the Wiener Konzerthaus invited Hakhnazaryan to be a “Great Talent” and during the two seasons that followed he performed there regularly in recital, chamber music and with orchestras, most notably with the Wiener Symphoniker and Hrůša.

Recently Hakhnazaryan toured southeast Asia, performing the complete Bach cello solo suites in Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo and Kyoto. An eager chamber musician, Hakhnazaryan has performed at most major music festivals worldwide including Verbier, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro and in major halls across the world with various chamber partners including Daniil Trifonov, Denis Kozhukhin, Menahem Pressler, Arnold Steinhardt, Igor Lewit, Vadim Repin, Marc Boushkov and others.

Together with the violinist Esther Yoo and pianist Zhang Zuo Hakhnazaryan created the  Z.E.N. Trio and has toured across the US, Europe, China and Australia. They released two albums exclusively on Deutsche Grammophon.

In North America Hakhnazaryan performs regularly with orchestras and in recitals, most recently in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto and in past seasons has performed at Carnegie Hall(New York), Kennedy Center(Washington DC) and Jordan Hall (Boston).

As a curious musician and artist, Hakhnazaryan recently made his debut as a Conductor in Hamburg’s Leizhalle with Neue Philharmonie Hamburg and conducted highly successful production of Gluck’s opera “Orpheus and Eurydice” in Armenia.

Narek Hakhnazaryan recorded soundtracks for several award-winning Motion Pictures, including Emir Kusturica’s “On The Milky Road” and Animated Documentary “Aurora’s Sunrise”.

Mentored by the late Mstislav Rostropovich since the age of 14, Hakhnazaryan later received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Lawrence Lesser and Master’s Degree at Moscow State Conservatory with Alexey Seleznyov. He began his cello lessons at the age of 6 at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan with Zareh Sarkisyan.

Hakhnazaryan’s prizes include First Prize in the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia and First Prize 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 Kennedy Centre (Washington, DC) and at Carnegie Hall (New York) at the age of 19. 

Narek Hakhnazaryan plays exclusively on “Larsen Strings”.

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concerto repertoire


Symphony No.2, Requiem for a Poet

Cello Concerto

Triple Concerto

Cello Concerto in B-flat Major  

Double Concerto  

Tout un monde lointain…  

Concerto in B minor, Op.104  

Concerto in E minor, Op.85

The Canticle of The Sun for Cello, Chorus and Percussions

Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra

Concerto for cello and orchestra Flaminis aura

Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Concerto No. 2 in D Major  

English Love Songs for Cello and Orchestra

Cello Concerto in D minor  

Cello Concerto   

Concerto-Rhapsody in D minor for Cello and Orchestra

Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra, Op.125

Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op.33
The Muse and the Poet for Violin, Cello and Orchestra

Concerto in A minor, Op.129  

Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op.107
Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126

Double Concerto Tarantulae Cadenzas 

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra Dawn and Darkness

Don Quixote for Cello, Viola and Orchestra Op. 35

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33
Notturno for Cello and Strings  
Andante Cantabile for Cello and Strings
Pezzo Capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra 

Double Concerto for 2 Celli

List of conductors

Yves Abel
Tigran Akhnazaryan
Nikolai Alexeev
Marc Albrecht
Marco Alibrando
Marin Alsop
Darrel Ang
Nurhan Arman
Giorgio Battistelli
Jiří Bělohlávek
Rune Bergmann
Lionel Bringuier
Baldur Brönnimann
Karel Mark Chichon
Nuno Coelho
Michalis Economou
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Guillermo Figueroa
Thierry Fischer
Valery Gergiev
Ben Gernon
Daniel Giglberger
Andrew Gourlay
Giancarlo Guerrero
Joji Hattori
Manfred Honeck
Jakub Hrůša
Neeme Järvi
Paavo Järvi
Michail Jurowski
Vladimir Jurowski
Stanislav Kochanovsky
Pavel Kogan
Ton Koopman
Marcelo Lehninger
Hannu Lintu
François López-Ferrer
Gergely Madaras
Gianluca Marciano
Jaime Martin
Ryan McAdams
Juanjo Mena
Ingo Metzmacher
Daniel Meyer
Tito Muñoz
Michal Nesterowicz
Tomas Netopil
Gianandrea Noseda
Marco Parisoto
Alondra de la Parra
Rafael Payare
Vasily Petrenko
Jamie Phillips
Mikhail Pletnev
Andris Poga
Daniel Raiskin
David Robertson
Daniele Rustioni
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Michael Schonwandt
Aziz Shokhakimov
Alexander Sidnev
Vassily Sinaisky
Aleksandr Sladkovsky
Leonard Slatkin
Sergey Smbatyan
Tugan Sokhiev
Vladimir Spivakov
Dalia Stasevska
Michael Stern
Nathalie Stutzmann
Ken Takaseki
Mikhail Tatarnikov
Eduard Topchjan
Juraj Valčuha
Gilbert Varga
Christian Vasquez
Stefan Vladar
Jan Willem de Vriend
Petr Vronský
Joshua Weilerstein
Hugh Wolff
Xian Zhang

“I have been ‘Strings Wonderer’ for many years, jumping from one combination of strings to another, trying different brands in search for the perfect fit for me. But when I discovered the Larsen Strings universe for the first time I knew right away that the competition was over. Since that moment I have been playing exclusively on Larsen Strings. For me as a musician who constantly performs around the world they are the perfect combination of beauty, power and reliability.”

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Narek Hakhnazaryan is Larsen Strings Artist