Narek Hakhnazaryan: Born to be a musician
The authors of all great things are dreamers.
”Born to be a musician” – is the best expression describing Narek Hakhnazaryan. The cellist from a musicians’ family was born on October 23, 1988. Narek’s father wanted his son to become a violinist, who in turn dreamt of a football career. One fine day, his mother grabbed little Narek’s hand and took him to Sayat Nova School, to a cello class.
Everyone was surprised how the child of a family of respected professors could play the cello, as those who did not pass other classes were accepted into the cello class.
In 2000, Narek moved to Moscow where he graduated from the conservatory. He also studied at the ”New England Conservatory” in Boston. For Narek, Beethoven is out of competition, he loves Schumann and Prokofiev very much. He also listens to rock and jazz, agreeing that the cello is like a woman. “One of the reasons is that I don’t touch my friend like that. Tenderness can be felt and transmitted only with the help of a woman. For me, the cello is definitely a woman.”
Narek Hakhnazaryan gave concerts in different countries of the world. He is recognized as one of the best cellists of his generation. Being an honored artist of the Republic of Armenia, Narek participated in different international competitions as ”Aram Khachaturian International Contest”, ”Johansen International Competition for Young String Players”, etc.
As a laureate of the International Competition For Young Performers (2008), Narek gave concerts in New York (Carnegie, Zankel Concert Hall) and in Washington. The Washington Post called him a “musical phenomenon.” In 2014, he participated in the prestigious program of BBC – ”New Generation of Artists.”
In 2015, he was honored to perform for the royal family at Buckingham Palace in London. In 2016, he performed at the BBC ”Proms concert series.”
The Story Of The Cello From 1707
The talented young cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, had the opportunity to play the cello created by the world-famous master of musical instruments Giuseppe Guarneri in 1707, which had been the instrument of many famous musicians.
Narek Hakhnazaryan considers it a great honor to play this instrument: ”This is really a great event in my professional life. To get such an instrument is a dream for every musician. In recent years, I have been constantly looking for a sponsor or foundation that would provide a good instrument that meets my artistic and musical standards.”
Finally, thanks to a sponsor from Canada, the young cellist got the opportunity to purchase this instrument․ “It was given by a non-Armenian, Chinese man. A Canadian Chinese who ․․․ This is an interesting story, he found me. Although I was constantly looking, it turned out that I was looking for him and did not find him. He found me.”
Narek admits that he does not care about anyone’s opinion while playing. He plays in such a way to satisfy the composer. “Yes, I know how to play to please the composer. I read everything about it.” Narek jokes that he closes his eyes so that the women sitting in the hall do not distract him, then he adds: “When I close my eyes, I absorb into the music.”
The musician trains 4 to 5 hours a day. ”When I was just 12 years old, I moved to Moscow, where I studied at the ”Daniel Kramer Jazz Quartet.” There was very little time for experimentation. I was afraid we wouldn’t make it. Kramer once told me: “Narek, in 30 minutes I can do what you do in three months.” I understand that now. You have to be prudent so that every second will be effective,” says Narek.
“I never get upset about my nationality, being Armenian always gives me strength,” adds Narek Haghnazarian.
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