Narek Hakhnazaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1988. A recipient of scholarships from the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, he performed in Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey, and Canada. As a result of receiving ﬁrst prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2008, he made his debut that same year at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C. He has subsequently performed at the Young Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo and toured extensively in the United States, including an appearance as soloist in Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops.
He has also performed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and in the Ravinia Festival Rising Stars Series. Narek Hakhnazaryan plays a David Tecchler cello, dated 1698, on loan from Valentine Saarmaa, granddaughter of the renowned luthier Jacques Francais.
Narek Hakhnazaryan won the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.