Sunday, February 21, 2021 | 5:30 PM

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Daniil Trifonov, piano

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Location: Shriver Hall

The Piatigorsky Memorial Concert

The “dazzlingly brilliant” (The Strad) cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan is joined by Daniil Trifonov, “without question the most astounding pianist of our age” (The Times, London). Long-timefriends and fellow 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition winners, they perform a superb program of works by Pärt, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff.

“Nothing short of magnificent.” —San Francisco Chronicle on Narek Hakhnazaryan

“[Trifonov] is, no other word, a phenomenon” —The Guardian


Narek Hakhnazaryan

Since winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22, Narek Hakhnazaryan has inspired audienceswith his artistry, securing a reputation as one of the world’s foremost cellists. Hakhnazaryan has performed with orchestras across the globe, earning praise from critics as “dazzlingly brilliant” (The Strad) and “nothing short of magnificent” (San Francisco Chronicle). In 2014, Hakhnazaryan was named a BBC New Generation Artist, and, in August 2016, made his BBC Proms debut to critical acclaim.

The cellist’s 2019-20 season features several notable debuts, including thePhilharmonia Zurich with Gianandrea Noseda, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, Antwerp Symphony with Kerem Hasan, and Australia’s Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Giancarlo Guerrero, respectively. Hakhnazaryan appears for the first time in Portugal, in a performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Portuguese Youth Symphony. Return engagements this season include Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Essen Philharmonic with Tomas Netopil. In Spring 2020, he embarks on a tour of China, performing the complete Beethoven cello sonatas in Shanghai and Guangzhu. Hakhnazaryan is honored toappear as a soloist at the finale concert of the renowned Piatigorsky International Cello Festivalin Los Angeles in March 2020.

Hakhnazaryan’s commitment to new and rarely heard repertoire is evident in his European and American programs this season. In Warsaw, at the Eufonie Festival, he performsthe late Andrej Panufnik’s Cello Concerto, and in Washington, DC, Hakhnazaryan appears with Post Classical Ensemble in fellow Armenian Vache Sharafyan’s Cello Concerto No. 2, alongside acclaimed visual artist Kevork Mourad for Armenian Odyssey, a world premiere multimedia production in the Great Nave of the Washington National Cathedral.

As a recitalist, he performs at the University of Florida Performing Arts and at the Aspect Foundation in NYC. With the Z.E.N. Trio, joined by colleagues Zhou Zhang and Esther Yoo, Hakhnazaryan tours North America with stops at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse, UC Santa Barbara’s Arts & Lectures Series, Boston’s Harvard Music Society, Miami’s Friends of Chamber Music, and Washington DC’s Phillips Collection. The Z.E.N. Trio released their debut album in 2017 on the Deutsche Grammophon label, and have toured the UK,China, and Hong Kong.

Hakhnazaryan was previously named one of the Vienna Konzerthaus’s Great Talents, and he has given performances in the Austrian capital with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra led by Jakub Hrůša, as well as at the Musikverein with Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Dogadin. Last summer, Hakhnazaryan performed Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff sonatas with Trifonov, a longtime collaborator, at the Verbier and Rheingau festivals. In 2018/19, Hakhnazaryan took part in a residency at Wigmore Hall, offering a series of fascinating programs of classic and lesser known solo repertoire. A distinguished international orchestral soloist, Hakhnazaryan has appeared with the Baltimore, St. Louis, Seattle, Toronto, London, WDR, Frankfurt Radio, Sydney, New Zealand, and NHK Symphony Orchestras; the Royal Stockholm, Czech, Seoul, Netherlands, and Rotterdam Philharmonics; the Utah Symphony; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Orchestre de Paris; and the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. He has collaborated with acclaimed conductors such as Alsop, Bělohlávek, Gergiev, Guerrero, Koopman, Hannu Lintu, Neeme Järvi, Pletnev, Robertson, Sarasate, Slatkin, and Sokhiev.

An eager chamber musician and recitalist, Hakhnazaryan has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel Paris, Berlin Konzerthaus, Oji Hall Tokyo, ShanghaiConcert Hall, and esteemed festivals such as Ravinia, Aspen, Piatigorsky, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kissinger Sommer, Robeco Summer, Beethovenfest Bonn, Mikkeli, Pau Casals, Lucerne, and Verbier, among many others.

Hakhnazaryan has received scholarships from the Rostropovich Foundation and the Russian Performing Arts Fund, and won awards including First Prize in the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia and First Place in the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players. As First Prize winner in the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Hakhnazaryan made his debuts at Carnegie’s Zanke lHall and in Washington, DC. In 2017 he was made an Honored Artist of Armenia, by then-President Serzh Sargsyan.

Narek Hakhnazaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians: his father is a violinist and his mother a pianist. Mentored by the late Rostropovich, Hakhnazaryan received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2011 where hestudied with Lawrence Lesser, following studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexey Seleznyov and at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan with Zareh Sarkisyan. Hakhnazaryan plays the 1707 Joseph Guarneri cello and F.X. Tourte and Benoit Rolland bows.

“He produces a powerful and colorful sound in all registers, nails every big shift and flashes all the virtuoso’s tricks with insolent ease. He should have a stellar career.” - The Washington Post


Daniil Trifonov

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music since winning First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of 20. “He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” stated pianist Martha Argerich.

The 2016-17 season brings the release of Transcendental, Trifonov’s third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. In concert, the pianist—a recipient of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award—headlines the gala finale of the Chicago Symphony’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Having scored his second Grammy Award nomination with Rachmaninoff Variations, he performed Rachmaninoff for his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at its New Year’s Eve concerts, which aired live in cinemas throughout Europe. He debuts with the Melbourne and Sydney symphonies, returns to the Los Angeles and the Royal Liverpool philharmonics, and headlines the Munich Philharmonic’s “Rachmaninoff Cycle” tour with longtime collaborator Valery Gergiev. He also returns to the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, and Philadelphia orchestras; performs a series of dates with the Staatskapelle Dresden at home, the Salzburg Festival, and London’s BBC Proms; and tours with the La Scala and Mahler Chamber orchestras.

An accomplished composer, Trifonov reprised his own concerto in Kansas City. He makes recital debuts at London’s Barbican and Melbourne’s Recital Centre; appears in a series of European hotspots; and returns to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and—for the fourth consecutive year—the mainstage of New York’s Carnegie Hall. He gives duo-recitals with his former teacher, pianist Sergei Babayan, and returns to the Tanglewood, Verbier, Baden-Baden, and Salzburg festivals.

Rachmaninoff was the focus of Trifonov’s 2015-16 season, when he played complete concerto cycles at the New York Philharmonic’s Rachmaninoff Festival and with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. He undertook residencies in Lugano and London, and headlined the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert.

In recent seasons, Trifonov has collaborated with the Cologne, Munich, London’s Royal, Los Angeles, and New York philharmonics; the Cleveland, La Scala, London Symphony, and Philadelphia orchestras; the orchestres national de Lyon and France; and the symphonies of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington. He has also toured Asia with the Czech Philharmonic and North America with the Montreal Symphony.

Since making solo recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Japan’s Suntory Hall, and Paris’s Salle Pleyel in 2012-13, he has given recitals in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, London, Lucerne, Munich, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

The 2013-14 season saw the release of Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, the pianist’s first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist; captured live at his 2013 Carnegie Hall recital debut. His discography also features a Chopin album for Decca and a recording with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the ensemble’s own label.

Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov began his musical training at age five. He attended Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music, before pursuing his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. Trifonov’s website is 

"Few artists have burst onto the classical music scene in recent years with the incandescence of the pianist Daniil Trifonov" —The New York Times

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Fratres for Cello and Piano

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40

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Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19

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Program Subject to Change Without Notice