Sunday, March 14, 2021 | 5:30 PM

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Armine Grigoryan, piano

Available on demand through Sun, Mar 21, 11:59pm EST.

Location: Online

The Piatigorsky Memorial Concert

Since winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22, the “dazzlingly brilliant” (The Strad) Narek Hakhnazaryan has inspired audiences with his artistry, securing a reputation as one of the world’s foremost cellists. An alum of SHCS’s Discovery Series, Hakhnazaryan debuts on SHCS’s Subscription Series with the world premiere of a recital pre-recorded at Aram Khatchatourian Concert Hall in Yerevan, Armenia.

The performance will be followed by an Artist Q&A. 

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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 audiences with 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.

A distinguished international orchestral soloist, Hakhnazaryan has appeared with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Seattle, Toronto, London, WDR, Frankfurt Radio, Sydney, New Zealand, NHK, and BBC Scottish 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.

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, Shanghai Concert Hall, and esteemed festivals such as Ravinia, Aspen, Piatigorsky, Lucerne, and Verbier, among many others. With the Z.E.N. Trio, joined by colleagues Zhou Zhang and Esther Yoo, Hakhnazaryan toured North America, UK, China, and Hong Kong. The Z.E.N. Trio released their debut album in 2017 on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Narek Hakhnazaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians. Mentored by the late Rostropovich, Hakhnazaryan received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2011 where he studied 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.

“Nothing short of magnificent.” —San Francisco Chronicle 

Armine Grigoryan

Armine Grigoryan is one of the brightest representatives of Armenian contemporary pianists.She received her entire musical education first in Yerevan Tchaikovsky school of music, then in Yerevan Komitas Conservatoire and postgraduate studies under the supervision of professors Georgy and Sergey Saradjians, obtaining excellent professional qualities. This is evident in her appearances as a soloist and collaborative pianist.

Armine Grigoryan as soloist and chamber musician has toured CIS, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Check Republic, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, UAE, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Baltics, China, Japan, Australia, USA, Canada, Mexico and others.

Armine Grigoryan became a Double Laureate of “Roma 2003” International Pianists Competition, where she also was awarded a special prize and medal of the Chamber of Deputies of Rome. In the same year Armine Grigoryan with Sona Barseghyan (piano duo “Sonet”) won prize of International Competition, organized by “Frederic Chopin” Association in Rome, and took also Special prize for the Best Performance of pieces by Sergio Calligaris. She is the recipient of special awards as a piano collaborative pianist in several International competitions and has released several CDs (“Unknown Khachaturian” among them).

Since 2005 Armine’s artistic originality also shines in her concert programs as a pianist of the Aram Khachaturian Trio along with the talented musicians – violinist Karen Shahgaldyan and cellist Karen Kocharyan. Outside of Armenia the concerts of Trio were held in many countries of the world in such prestigious concert halls as Musikverein in Vienna, Laieszhalle in Hamburg, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, The Gasteig in Munich, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Koerner Hall in Toronto.  

Together with the other members of the Trio and with the support of London resident benefactor Assadour Guzelian, Armine Grigoryan established the Classical Music Development Foundation, with the aim to celebrate the work of Armenian composers and to support young gifted musicians.

Grigoryan was awarded the Medals of the Ministry of Culture of Poland and Armenia. She is a Professor of the Yerevan State Conservatory. Director of the Aram Khachaturian Museum since 2004, she popularizes Khachaturian’s music and name both nationally and abroad and establishes new links with other museums around the world.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

  • I. Adagio
  • II. Allegro
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen,” from The Magic Flute, WoO 46

  • Theme: Andante
  • Variation 1
  • Variation 2
  • Variation 3
  • Variation 4
  • Variation 5: Si prende il tempo un poco piu vivace
  • Variation 6: Adagio
  • Variation 7: Allegro ma non troppo
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César Franck (1822-1890)

Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, M 8

  • I. Allegretto ben moderato
  • II. Allegro
  • III. Recitative-Fantasia
  • IV. Allegretto poco mosso
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Edvard Baghdasaryan (1922-1987)


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Alexander Grigori Arutiunian (1920-2012)


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