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Narek Hakhnazaryan was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist.  Already hailed a "seasoned phenom" by the Washington Post, and praised for his "intense focus and expressive artistry" by the New York Times, Hakhnazaryan  is emerging  as one of the most significant young artists on the world stage. In the 12-13 season, Hakhnazaryan looks forward to his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic performing the Dutilleux Concerto under Gergiev, and  performances with the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, and the Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern, as well as debuts with the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, NDR Hamburg, La Scala Filarmonica Milan, Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, Vienna Chamber, and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras.  In recital he will appear at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, the Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore, and the Vancouver Recital Series.  Future highlights also include a recital at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, and performing Lera Auerbach's Symphony No. 2 for Mezzo Soprano, Cello, Choir and Orchestra with the Sao Paulo Symphony. Mentored by the late Mstislav Rostropovich, Narek was the only cellist invited to travel on behalf of Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation. As First Prize winner in the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Narek debuted in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has since toured extensively in the United States, including an appearance as soloist in Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. Narek was born in 1988 in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians: his father is a violinist and his mother is a pianist. His early studies were at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan with Zareh Sarkisyan. At the age of 12, Narek began studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexey Seleznyov. Working with Lawrence Lesser, he received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2011. Narek plays a 1698 David Tecchler cello, on loan from Valentine Saarmaa, granddaughter of the renowned luthier Jacques Francais.

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