Born in Yerevan, Armenia, violinist SERGEY KHACHATRYAN won First Prize at the VIII International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 2000, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
In recent seasons, Sergey has performed with the Bamberger Symphoniker (Herbert Blomstedt and Jonathan Nott), Munich Philharmonic (James Gaffigan), Swedish Radio Symphony (Valcuha), Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), and Orchestre de Paris (Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda). He has also collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony.
Sergey’s most recent appearances in the U.S. were with the Seattle Symphony (Ludovic Morlot) and National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) (Vasily Petrenko). He has also visited the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony as well as the Ravinia, Blossom, and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
This 15/16 season begins with Sergey at the Maison de la Radio France performing under the baton of Daniele Gatti with the Orchestre National de France. He will also collaborate with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Valencia Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestra della Toscana, and the Orchestre de Paris, with whom he will play Brahms’ Double Concerto with Narek Hakhnazaryan. Further highlights include projects with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Sudwestrundfunk Sinfonieorchester, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the beginning of the 2014/15 season, Sergey performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Lucerne Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel as the latest recipient of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Other highlights in the season included projects with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Munich Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and NHK Symphony. He also embarked on a trio project with Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello) and Lusine Khachatryan (piano), performing in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Mariinsky Concert Hall.
Sergey and Lusine are regular duo partners. Together, they have given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Cité de la Musique (Paris), Auditori Nacional Madrid, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York), and Herbst Theater (San Francisco). Their most recent project is Brahms’ three Sonatas for Violin and Piano, both on stage and on recording.
The Brahms CD was released in June 2013 on Naïve Classique. Sergey’s discography on the label also includes the Sibelius and Khachaturian concertos with Sinfonia Varsovia and Emmanuel Krivine, both Shostakovich concertos with the Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur, a recording of the Shostakovich and Franck sonatas for violin and piano, and the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach. A disc of Armenian music will be released in 2015.
Sergey plays the 1740 “Ysaÿe” Guarneri violin on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.