Narek Hakhnazaryan


Narek Hakhnazaryan
Narek Hakhnazaryan won the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and made recital debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York, sponsored by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Prize, and at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, DC.

He is a laureate of international competitions, including First Prize in the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia, and Fifth Prize at the 2007 Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in Moscow. He has participated in Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists and received scholarships to study in Moscow from the Rostropovich Performing Arts Fund. He has performed in Russia, Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey and Canada.

He was born in 1988 in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians: his father is a violinist and his mother is a pianist. His early studies with Zareh Sarkisyan were at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan. At the age of 12, he began studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexey Seleznyov. In 2009, he began studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, working with Laurence Lesser. He plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume cello, circa 1860, on loan to him from the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

(As of June 2010)