Sergey Khachatryan

violin

The violinist Sergey Khachatryan, who was born in 1985 in Yerevan, Armenia, comes from a family of musicians. At the age of six he began studying violin, and at eight he moved to Germany, where he continued his training with Grigori Schislin in Würzburg, later studying with Josef Rissin at the Music Academy in Karlsruhe. In 2000 Khachatryan became the youngest participant of all time in the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, while in 2005 he won the no less renowned Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. And in 2014 he garnered the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which includes not only a cash prize of 75,000 CHF but the present concert performance with the Vienna Philharmonic as well. Khachatryan began concertizing early on as a soloist in orchestral concerts. In Europe he has appeared with such ensembles as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philharmonia, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, and the Orchestre de Paris, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra. In the United States he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. Khachatryan also regularly gives recitals in which he is frequently accompanied by his sister Lusine at the piano. In the 2013-14 season they presented a cycle of the complete Brahms violin sonatas in London, Dortmund, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, New York, and San Francisco. Khachatryan’s discography encompasses the violin concertos of Sibelius, Khachaturian, and Shostakovich, as well as sonatas by Bach, Brahms, and Franck. He plays a Guarneri del Gesù from 1740 which once belonged to Eugène Ysaÿe and later to Isaac Stern.

August 2014