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Haik Kazazyan

Violinist Haik Kazazyan has performed as a soloist with many European and Russian orchestras, including the Scottish Royal National Orchestra, Ochestre National de France, Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic and Moscow Symphony Orchestras, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Dublin National Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Katowice Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, as well as the St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Tatarstan, and Samara Symphony Orchestras. He has worked with conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Teodor Currentzis, Andrew Litton, Alexander Liebreich, Alexander Lazarev, Constantine Orbelian, Jonathan Darlington, Ricardo Averbach, Alan Buribayev, Jac van Steen, David Brophy, Pavel Kogan, and Alexander Polianichko. As a chamber musician, Haik Kazazyan has collaborated with many prominent musicians of our generation, including pianists Freddy Kempf, Eliso Virsaladze, Alex Kobrin, Ekaterina Mechetina, and Rem Urasin; violinists Pavel Vernikov, Gordan Nikolitch, and Boris Brovtsyn; and cellists Natalia Gutman, Alexander Bouzlov, Sergey Antonov, and Boris Andrianov.

Kazazyan’s career has taken him to great halls all over the world, including the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall in New York, the Great, Small, and Rachmaninov Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Wigmore Hall in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. His concerts have been broadcast on television and radio programs in Russia and Europe, including the BBC Radio (London), the Kultura television channel in Russia, Brusselles TV, Polskie Radio, and Mezzo. Kazazyan has performed in many festivals, such as the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Festival International de Musique Sion Valais (Switzerland), Arts Square Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia), Moscow Kremlin and Primavera Classica (Moscow, Russia), and the Tongyeong International Music Festival (South Korea) among others.

Haik Kazazyan began his violin studies at the Sayat-Nova Music School in Yerevan with Levon Zoryan. He continued his education at the Gnessin Music School and the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Eduard Grach, also studying chamber music with Alexander Bonduriansky. From 2006 to 2008, Kazazyan was a student of Itzhak Rashkovsky (violin) and Levon Chilingirian (chamber music) at the Royal College of Music in London. In addition, Kazazyan has played in masterclasses for Shlomo Mintz, Ida Haendel, Pamela Frank and others.

Kazazyan is a laureate of several international competitions, including the XII International Wieniawski Competition (Third Prize and Special Prize for best performance of a Wieniawski Polonaise), the XII International Tchaikovsky Competition (Fourth Prize and three Special Prizes), the 2007 ISANGYUN Competition in South Korea (First Prize and Special Prize for best interpretation of Isang Yun’s piece), and, most recently, the 2011 Enescu International Competition (First Prize). Between the years 1993 and 2000, Kazazyan won awards at numerous competitions in Russia and Europe, including the Grand Prix at the Amadeus-95, Second Prize at the Yampolsky Competition, and the Grand Prix in the New Names Competition (Russia).

In 2010, Kazazyan released an album entitled Opera Fantasies on the Delos label. Since 2002, he has been a soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. Haik Kazazyan is currently a member of the faculty at the Moscow Conservatory.


Laureat of XV Tchaikovsky competition