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Sergey Khachatryan

About this Artist

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize at the 2000 International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, 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 Südwestrundfunk Symphonieorchester (with Christoph Eschenbach), Bamberger Symphoniker (with Herbert Blomstedt and Jonathan Nott), Münchner Philharmoniker (with James Gaffigan), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (with Juraj Valčuha), Mariinsky Orchestra (with Valery Gergiev), and Orchestre de Paris (with Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda). He has also collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

Sergey’s recent appearances in the U.S. include engagements with the Seattle Symphony (led by Ludovic Morlot), Cleveland Orchestra (with Jakub Hrůša), and National Symphony Orchestra, Washington (with Vasily Petrenko). He has also visited the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony as well as the Ravinia, Aspen, Blossom, and Mostly Mozart Festivals.

This season, Sergey’s international presence is sustained by performances with Dresdner Philharmonie (led by Cristian Măcelaru), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (with Yuri Temirkanov), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (with Alondra de la Parra), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (with Yuri Simonov), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (with Jonathan Nott), Cleveland Orchestra (with Jakub Hrůša), Prague Radio Symphony (with Alexander Liebreich), and San Francisco Symphony (with Dima Slobodeniouk).

Highlights of the past season included Sergey’s residency at the BOZAR, Brussels which comprised of a pair of recitals and concert with Orchestre National de Belgique and Hugo Wolff. Sergey also embarked on a tour of the U.S. and Europe with Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan with a program entitled “Transfigured Nights,” featuring the music of Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich.

The 2017/18 season saw Sergey’s debuts at the Aspen Festival in Colorado, at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with the Hamburger Symphoniker, and at the Salzburger Festspiele, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Re-invitations included the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rotterdam and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Other recent projects included a tour of Japan with the Nippon Foundation, and in 2014/15, 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.

Sergey and Lusine Khachatryan are regular duo partners. Together, they have given recitals at Konzerthaus Dortmund, Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Cité de la Musique (Paris), Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Brucknerhaus Linz, Auditori Nacional (Madrid), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York), and Herbst Theater (San Francisco).

Sergey and Lusine’s most recent album My Armenia released by Naïve Classique, dedicated to the 100th commemoration of the Armenian genocide, has been awarded the Echo Klassik for Chamber Music Recording (20th/21st Century)/Mixed Ensemble. Together they have also recorded the three Brahms sonatas for violin and piano. 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 violin sonatas, and the complete solo violin sonatas and partitas by J.S. Bach.

Sergey plays the 1740 Ysaÿe Guarneri violin on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.