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 performed with most major orchestras and in recital and chamber music across the globe. He has been praised as ‘dazzlingly brilliant’ (The Strad) and ‘nothing short of magnificent’ (San Francisco Chronicle); of his Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra debut, the LA Times described his command of the instrument as ‘extraordinary.’

He has appeared with orchestras such as the London, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the London, Rotterdam, Czech, Seoul, LA and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. A former BBC New Generation Artist, he has performed with all the BBC orchestras and at the BBC Proms. In 2017 the Vienna Konzerthaus invited Narek onto their Great Talent program; during the two seasons that followed he performed there regularly in recital, chamber music and with orchestra, most notably with the Vienna Symphony. He was the 2020/21 Artist in Residence at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Recent recital highlights include performances with Daniil Trifonov at the Verbier and Rheingau Festivals, concerts at Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall, a four-concert residency at London’s Wigmore Hall, and a tour of SE Asia performing the complete Bach solo cello suites.

Mentored by the late Rostropovich, in 2011 Narek received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lawrence Lesser. Prior to this he studied at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan, Armenia He was the First Prize winner in the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition and the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Born in Yerevan into a family of musicians, Narek performs regularly with his brother, the conductor Tigran Akhnazarian. In 2017 he was awarded the title of ‘Honoured Artist of Armenia’. He plays the 1707 Joseph Guarneri cello with bows by François Xavier Tourte and Benoît Rolland.

We would like to thank the following members of our Masterclass Giving Circle, whose collective support will enable the artistic development of the next generation of Australian chamber musicians: Nicholas Callinan AO & Elizabeth Callinan, Caroline & Robert Clemente, Allan Myers AC QC & Maria Myers AC, Patricia H Reid Endowment Fund, Andrew Sisson AO & Tracey Sisson, Mick and Margaret Toller, Anonymous (2).

Musica Viva Masterclasses in Western Australia are supported by Wesfarmers Arts.


Performance Details

Dates & Times

Perth   17 Aug 9:00am – 11:00am


Free for UWA and WAAPA students with ID
Concession $5.00
General Admission $20.00

Event notes

Venue Information

The University of Western Australia, Conservatorium of Music
Callaway Auditorium
35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley