Hrachya Avanesyan, Violin


Hrachya Avanesyan is considered as one of the most inspiring artists of his generation. In April 2006, when he was a teenager, he won the first prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition. In 2008 his talent was recognized once more in the musical world, when he won the prestigious Carl Nielsen Competition in Denmark.

During the last years Hrachya Avanesyan has made acclaimed debuts with orchestras such as Belgian National Orchestra with W. Weller in Brussels, London Chamber Orchestra with C. Warren-Green in London, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with E. Inbal, National Orchestra of Lille with Joji Hattori, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie with P. Goodwin, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and P. Watkins in Cardiff, Gulbenkian Orchestra with J. Carniero, Lisbon Metropolinan Orchestra, Odense Symphony with A. Vedernikov, South Jutland Symphony with Joshua Weilerstein, Liège Philharmonic with P. Davin, Belgrade Philharmonic with Daniel Raiskin, Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia and Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen with M. Soustrot.

Avanesyan has given concerts in prestigious venues like the Wigmore hall in London, Salle Gaveau and Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Santury hall in Tokyo, Moscow Kremlin's Grand Hall, Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen, National Auditorium in Madrid and the Palais des Beaux-Art in Brussels.

Highlights have been appearances in David's Hall, Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, where he shared the stage with Joshua Bell and Maxim Vengerov, in Wigmore Hall where he debuted with the American pianist Ashley Wass and numerous recitals at the Montpellier Festival, Menton Festival and Strasbourg Music Festival in memory of Yehudi Menuhin.

Avanesyan has toured extensively in Scandinavia with pianist Marianna Shirinyan and appeared with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra, debut with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and a recital tour in Japan. In 2012 he performed as soloist with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Copenhagen Philharmonic for the first time, and next season will see his return to South Jutland Symphony Orchestra.

His first cd with Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto no. 2 was released in summer 2010 in a box with all Vieuxtemps' concerti with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and Patrick Davin. Avanesyan's first solo cd with music by Dvorak was released in October 2011 with Sinfonia Varsovia and Augustin Dumay.

Born in Armenia in 1986, Hrachya Avanesyan moved to Belgium with his family at the age of 16 and is now settled there.

From 2003-2008 he has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Igor Oistrakh, son and the pupil of legendary David Oistrakh. From 2007 he is studying at the Queen Elisabeth College of music in Belgium with Augustin Dumay.

Hrachya Avanesyan plays on the violin of Antonio Stradivarius "Piatti" from 1717.


Please note: This repertoire list is for reference only. The choice of repertoire for a particular project remains at the artist’s discretion.

Concertos with orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto for Violin og Orchestra in D Major, op. 61

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Antonin Dvorak

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Franz Joseph Haydn

Variations in F minor Hob. XVII:6

Aram Khachaturian

Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 46

Felix Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, KV 216
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, KV 218
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, KV 219

Carl Nielsen

Violin Concerto Op. 33

Nicolo Paganini

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6

Dmitry Shostakovich

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Antonio Vivaldi

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 4, No. 4, RV 357
The Four Seasons, Op. 8
Pieces for Violin and Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Sonata No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12, No. 3
Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30/2

Johannes Brahms

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

César Franck

Sonata in A Major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, KV 304
Violin Sonata No. 26 in B flat Major, KV 378

Carl Nielsen

Violin Sonata no. 2 in G minor, Op. 35

Sergej Prokofiev

Violin Sonata No 2 in D major, Op 94b

Maurice Ravel

Violin Sonata in G Major

Robert Schumann

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105

Giuseppe Tartini

Violin Sonata in G minor, "The Devil's Trill"
Pieces for solo violin

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005

Eugene Ysaÿe

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 27
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 27, "Ballade"
Violin Sonata No. 4 in E minor, Op. 27
Violin Sonata No. 5 in G major, Op. 27
Violin Sonata No. 6 in E major, Op. 27
Spontaneous and Storming Applause
Tue, 2009-09-22
Expectations were high before Nielsen's Violin Concerto. Already when Avanesyan tuned his instrument, one could sense the noble sound of his violin. The exceptional beautiful solo cadenza in the beginning and the lyrical atmosphere in the prelude which characterizes the first movement confirmed the expectations. Both orchestra and soloist went to the following Allegro cavalleresco with great energy. The cadenza with the many voices and nuances was played so virtuoso and brilliantly that one felt the audience was holding its breath. Avanesyan interpretated the chromatic motive in the second movement with great feeling and airy elegance leading to the folk tune inspired third movement. If possible the cadenza in the third movement was more gripping than the first. Furious scales combined with double stops, trills and pizzicati, as well as an unbelievably elegant repeat of the theme could only end in a storming applause. Avanesyan will undoubtedly become one of the great names on the classical music scene in the future. Jens Uwe Jessen
Bravo Shouts for the Artist with the Violin
Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag
Tue, 2009-09-22
The undisputed star of the evening was the young violinist Hrachya Avanesyan as soloist in Nielsen's only violin concerto. The piece gives the violinist unlimited possibilities in showing off his abilities. Avanesyan mastered the piece with technical brilliance, from lyric pianissimo to aggressive forte and sentiment. The delighted audience received his performance with shouts of bravo and continuous applause. Avanesyan thanked the audience by playing a folk tune from his homeland Armenia. Ursula Raddatz
There was lots of virtuosity
Fyens Stiftstidene
Sat, 2010-06-05
Virtuosity! The chief conductor had a great debut conducting Carl Nielsen, but it was listening to a former prizewinner that thrilled the most. Listening to the prizewinner of the Carl Nilsen Competition often is a very fine experience. The level obviously is high and it is always exciting to see if a significant development can be traced. The Carl Nielsen Violin Competition winner from 2008, the now 24 year old armenian Hrachya Avanesyan, already as a participant was a very expirenced musician. Now two years later he shows with his interpretation of Sjostakovitj 1. Violinconcerto, that he belonges among the elite. He receives my 5th star for his enchanting and meditative playing in the first movement, almost like a surpressed breath. Bodylanguage. The whole concert can be considered one long tale for orchestra and obligat violin, but also in the more violent "stories" Avanesyan, with his slightly exaggereted but very impressive bodylanguage, showed that music also comes from inside, - from the soul. There was lots of virtuosity, the long cadenza was delivered with devilish playing, an appropriate introduction to the last movement with it´s totale and "burleske" wildness. Great applaus, also from the whole orchestra, is an uncommon sight...
Vom herben
Frankfurter Allgemeine
Thu, 2011-05-05
The soloist Hrachya Avanesyan imparted many nuances together with Raiskin and the well balanced orchestra in the Brahms Violin Concerto. The spectre went from harsh to sweet tones with sentiment and emphasis. The finale was played musically and with passionate power and dancing character. The Armenian violinist, who is born in 1986, played with a tone which carried throught the orchestra at all times. GUIDO HOLZE
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