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NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN, cellist Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan’s powerful and poetic playing has propelled him to the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Already hailed a “seasoned phenom” (Washington Post) following his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Hakhnazaryan’s 2011-2012 season brings his first New York concerto performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as part of the Young Concert Artists gala with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Ryan McAdams and with the London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestras under Maestro Valery Gergiev. Series; the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; and with the Additionally, Mr. Hakhnazaryan Pasadena Symphony and Naples performs extensively this season Philharmonic Orchestras. An as soloist with the Hilton Head, accomplished chamber musician, Signature (OK), Springfield (OH), Narek will be performing with the and Longwood (MA) symphonies Boston Chamber Music Society and in the U.S; in a five-concert tour has performed with Ravinia’s Steans across Europe with the Moscow Institute; the Caramoor “Rising Philharmonic; and other international Stars” series; and at the Young orchestras including the Verdi Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo. Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Tokyo Symphony at Japan’s As First Prize winner in the 2008 Suntory Hall. He appears in recital Young Concert Artists International in California, Maryland, Missouri, Auditions, Mr. Hakahnazaryan and Kansas as well as in Europe debuted in the Young Concert Artists including a tour in Italy and as part of Series in New York at Carnegie’s the Verbier, Beethoven (Poland), and Zankel Hall, sponsored by the Tivoli (Denmark) festivals. Jerome L. Greene Foundation Prize, and in Washington, DC. Recent highlights include performances with the Boston (cont) Pops; as part of Boston’s Celebrity

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Mr. Hakhnazaryan has received scholarships from the Rostropovich Russian Performing Arts Fund which brought him concerts in Russia, Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey and Canada. His prizes include First Prize in the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia and First Place in the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players.


Pianist Noreen Polera ranks among the most highly-regarded collaborative pianists and diverse chamber artists performing today. She maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center and abroad to Europe, Russia, and Asian centers of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul. Recent performances include Mr. Hakhnazaryan was born in those at Alice Tully Hall, Zankel 1988 in Yerevan, Armenia, into a Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd family of musicians: his father is a Street Y, Jordan Hall, Gardner violinist and his mother is a pianist. Museum, the Kennedy Center, His early studies were at the Sayat- Salle Cortot, and appearances Nova School of Music in Yerevan at festivals including Caramoor, with Zareh Sarkisyan. At the age of Bard and Grand Teton, as well 12, Mr. Hakhnazaryan began studies as engagements at the Chamber at the Moscow Conservatory with Music Societies of Philadelphia Alexey Seleznyov. Working with and La Jolla. She has recorded Laurence Lesser, he received an for EMI, Audiophon and Artist Diploma from the New England Centaur Records. Conservatory of Music in 2011. Mr. Hakhnazaryan plays a 1698 David Noreen Polera has collaborated Tecchler cello, on loan from Valentine with leading soloists including Saarmaa, granddaughter of the David Shifrin, Matt Haimovitz, renowned luthier Jacques Francais. Carter Brey, Antonio Menesis, Aurora-Natalie Ginastera, Yo-Yo Ma and Leonard Rose. Winner of the Accompanying Prize at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, she regularly collaborates with laureates of the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Naumburg international competitions.

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2011 YCA Playbill  

Playbill for Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cellist