Sergey Khachatryan


Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sergey Khachatryan won 1st 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 took 1st prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

In recent seasons, Sergey has performed with the Bamberger Symphoniker (under Herbert Blomstedt and Jonathan Nott), the Münchner Philharmoniker (under James Gaffigan), the Swedish Radio Symphony (under Juraj Valčuha), the Mariinsky Orchestra (under Valery Gergiev) and the Orchestre de Paris (under Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda). He has also collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the NHK Symphony, the Sydney Symphony and the Melbourne Symphony.

Sergey’s most recent appearances in the USA have been with the Seattle Symphony (under Ludovic Morlot), the Los Angeles Philharmonic (again under Morlot) and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington (under Vasily Petrenko). He has also visited the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony as well as the Ravinia, Blossom and Mostly Mozart Festivals. This season begins with a tour of Japan with the Nippon Foundation and will see returns to the Seattle Symphony with Ludovic Morlot, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. Sergey will also make his debuts with the Ulster Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Nürnberger Symphoniker.

Sergey and his sister Lusine Khachatryan are regular duo partners. Together, they have given recitals at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Cité de la Musique (Paris), the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York) and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco). The duo will return this 2016-17 season to Wigmore Hall (London).

Sergey and Lusine’s most recent recording of Armenian music My Armenia for Naïve Classique, dedicated to the one hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide, has been awarded the Echo Klassik award in the category "Chamber Music Recording (20th-21st century) / Mixed Ensemble". Together they have also recorded Brahms’ three Sonatas for Violin and Piano. Sergey’s discography on the label also includes the Sibelius and Khachaturian concerti with the Sinfonia Varsovia under Emmanuel Krivine, both Shostakovich concerti with the Orchestre National de France under Kurt Masur, a recording of the Shostakovich and Franck sonatas for violin and piano and the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Sergey plays the 1740 "Ysaÿe" Guarneri violin on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Information for December 2016

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