Narek Hakhnazaryan, at only 22 years old, won Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011. He has played with the Orchestre de Paris, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stockholm, Los Angeles, and Seoul Philharmonics and the Berlin Konzerthaus, among others. He collaborates with conductors such as Gergiev, Jurowski, Koopman, and Alsop and has toured with the WDR Symphony, the Estonian National Symphony and the Czech Philharmonic.
He is a ‘BBC New Generation Artist’ and in 2017 the Vienna Konzerthaus, named him a ‘Great Talent’, where he would be an artist-in-residence for two seasons.
In the 2023-2024 season he will tour the United States with Camerata Pacifica, make his debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, perform with the Orquestra Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and perform Don Quixote in Aalborg. He will also continue his residency at the Wiener Konzerthaus.
As a chamber musician he has performed at festivals such as Verbier, Aspen, and Ravinia and collaborates with Daniil Trifonov and Denis Kozhukhin, to name just a couple. With the trio ZEN he has toured the world and has released two albums for Deutsche Grammophon.
He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and also studied at the Moscow Conservatory and the Sayat-Nova Music School. As a first prize winner at the International Auditions of Young Concert Artists in 2008, he made his debut at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. In 2017 he received the title of ‘Honoured Artist of Armenia’.