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One of the greatest violinists of the younger generation, award-winning Sergey Khachatryan will perform as soloist in Pyotr Tchaikovskyís Cnecerto at 8pm, on 10 January 2009, in the Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi.
This will be part of Abu Dhabi Classics January 2009 program, organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach).
Another well known performer on the same evening will be internationally acclaimed Russian conductor Maxim Shostakovich. He will feature his fatherís Fifth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. During the course of his exile in the United States, Maxim Shostakovich appeared with most of the leading North American orchestras. He has recorded all of his father Dmitri Shostakovich's symphonies and initiated a major Shostakovich Festival in London's famous Royal Albert Hall.
Philharmonia Orchestra (London)
Maxim Shostakovich, conductor
Sergey Khachatryan, violin
Date Saturday, January 10, 2009
Time Starts at 8pm. 2 hour performance.
Location: Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Category 1: Dhs 650
Category 2: Dhs 450
Category 3: Dhs250
Age restriction: 8 and over
Dress Code Black tie or traditional Arabic dress
Promoter: Abu Dhabi Classics (http://www.abudhabi-classics.com)
Organizer: The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) http://www.adach.ae/index-en.php
Sergey Khachatryan (also spelled Sergei Khachatryan) is a famous Armenian violinist born in Yerevan in 1985 in a family of musicians. He resides in Germany and is the awardee and laureate of numerous contests.
He began the violin at the age of five. He began his studies at the Sayat Nova Conservatory in Yerevan, continuing them in Germany when his family settled there.
The exceptional qualities of this young virtuoso were revealed very soon. First public performance comes at the age of nine at a concert with the Orchestra of the Hessen State Theatre, Wiesbaden. From then on, foreign trips and prizes followed at regular intervals, with many concerts, all over the world.
In 2000 he was awarded the 1st Prize at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition. The competition is named after Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It is held every five years since 1965 in Helsinki and is considered to be one of the most appreciated violin competitions in the world. Khachatryan was the youngest person, who ever won that prize.
In 2005 Khachatryan was awarded in Brussels the 1st Prize of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, a prestigious competition since 1957, named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. He won the right to use the 1708 Huggins Stradivarius violin from the Nippon Music Foundation for four years. A Stradivarius is a stringed instrument built by members of the Stradivari family.
In September 2005 Khachatryan performed with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia in the concert hall named after Aram Khachaturyan. Then Armenian President Robert Kocharian received the young violinist and wished he gave concerts in his homeland at least once every year.
Khachatryan made his New York City debut in August 2006, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto in Avery Fisher Hall under the baton of Osmo Vanska.
Khachatryan's first recording was released in EMI's Debut series in 2002. He has two CDs at NaÔve Classique:
1. Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto / Aram Khachaturian Violin Concerto
2. Shostakovitch Violin Concerto 1, 2
Read interview with violinist Sergey Khachatryan here.