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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:39 AM



Tchaikovsky Gold Medal Winner Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan Plays at the
Hollywood Bowl

by MassisPost August 5, 2015, 10:20 pm
By Simon J. Simonian

On July 9, 2015 Mr. Narek Hakhnazaryan who was awarded a Gold Medal at
the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most
prestigious Prize given to a cellist, played Tchaikovsky's Rococo
Variations, Tchaikovsky's complex cello composition, with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Lionel Bringuier, Conductor, at
the Hollywood Bowl. The piece is difficult and without a break for 20
minutes. His playing was outstanding and brought the audience to its
feet. Next, Mr. Hakhnazaryan announced that this year marks the 100th
Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Los Angeles has a large Armenian

To commemorate the event he is going to play Lamentations; a suite
composed by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson based on a Black Folk song for
solo cello, expressing a people's crying out.. He played and sang
simultaneously, something we have never seen a cellist do before,
expressing his intense agony for about ten minutes. Again he received
standing ovations.

`Mr. Hakhnazaryan projected intensity from the moment he took the
stage. To the very end his intense focus and expressive artistry never
flagged.' The New York Times. `A phenomenal cellist. He produces a
powerful and colorful sound in all registers, nails every big shift
and flashes all the virtuosos tricks with insolent ease. He should
have a stellar career.' The Washington Post. Mr. Hakhnazaryan has
since established himself as one of the finest cellists of his
generation. He was born October 23, 1988, now aged 26 in Yerevan,
Armenia. He began playing cello at age six at Sayat Nova Music School.
When 11 he and his mother moved to Moscow. He subsequently trained at
the Moscow Conservatory with a Rostropovich Fund. He received First
Prize at the Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia in
2006, and in 2008 won both the First Place at the Johansen
International Competition for Young String Players, and First Prize at
the International Auditions of the Young Concert Artists. He obtained
an Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory, and currently plays
David Tecchler's cello dated 1698. He lives in Boston. Reference:
Wikipedia. Mr. Narek Hakhnazaryan has received support from many
admirers, among them Annie Simonian Totah who serves on the Board of
Directors of Young Concert Artists.

Simon J. Simonian, has served as a Violinist of the London Hospitals
Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Conductor. He serves as a
Minister of the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers who shared a
Nobel Prize for Peace in 1947. He has also served as a Medical
Scientist in the team which is a Nobel Prize nominee for the
production of the first freeze-dried smallpox vaccine which was used
by the World Health Organization, to eradicate smallpox in 1977, the
first disease eradicated in history, which saves two million lives
each year, approximately 70 million lives to date..




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