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National Symphony Orchestra: Sergey Khachatryan Plays Shostakovich
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attended Jan 15 2011

Liked the Symphony. They had three pieces. One was 6 minutes, another 30 minutes and the one after the intermission was 38 minutes. Like the last one since it was a much faster piece. Great overall.

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Khachatryan is an absolutely exquisite dynamic violinist with breathtaking control, tone, and technique. One would be lucky to hear a more thoughtful and moving Shostakovich concerto performance anywhere!

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The photo you feature is Kirill Karabits, the guest conductor, rather than the violinist. And Karabits, incidentally, was fantastic. I loved the performance and found both featured artists to be extraordinary. Thank you, NSO, for bringing them...continued

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“Karabits, a charmer, has that rare ability to be both fastidious and thrilling.” —_The Guardian _
Check out Sergey Khachatryan on YouTube.



Silvestrov – Elegy

Shostakovich – Violin Concerto No. 2

Sibelius – Symphony No. 1

Sergey Khachatryan was born in 1985 in Yerevan, Armenia. In December 2000 he won First Prize in the VIII International Jean Sibelius competition in Helsinki, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed the First Prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels.

Khachatryan has performed with all the major UK orchestras, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2005 Khachatryan made his debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic, performing the first Shostakovich violin concerto.

In 2005 he made his debut at the Ravinia and Blossom festivals, and in 2006 with the Baltimore Symphony orchestra before undertaking a major US concert tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including venues in Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New Jersey. In summer 2006 Khachatryan made his New York debut, performing the Beethoven concerto at the Mostly Mozart festival.

Highlights of Khachatryan’s 2006-07 season included the Beethoven concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi, the first Shostakovich concerto with the RSO Berlin and Marek Janowski, the Sibelius concerto with the Munich Philharmonic and James Conlon, Prokofiev’s second concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Beethoven concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Nosseda at the Vienna Konzerthaus and a third visit to the Cleveland Orchestra.

During the 2006-07 season, Khachatryan also made debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Kurt Masur, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Hatink, the Los Angeles Philharmonis with Stéphane Denève, the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra with Valery Gergiev and the Berlin Philharmonic with Dmitri Kitajenko.

Performances have also included the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra with Peter Oundjian and a debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit at the Saratoga Festival.

His 2008-09 season engagements included the Brahms concerto with the Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Ingo Metzmacher, a tour with the Gothenburg Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel, the Santa Cecelia Orchestra in Rome with Masur and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London with Sir Charles Mackerras. Other highlights included performances with the Swedish Radio Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kurt Masur, the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra as well as performances with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra with Valery Gergiev in St Petersburg, Yerevan, Moscow and at the festivals in Mikkeli and Baden-Baden.

The 2009-10 season saw his debut with the Spanish National Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Bamberger Symphoniker.

With his sister, Lusine Khachatryan, he has performed recitals at Wigmore Hall, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the National Auditorium in Madrid and at Carnegie Hall, as well as the Theatre des Champs Elysees Paris, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Sergey plays the 1702 ‘Lord Newlands’ Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Kirill Karabits has established himself as a conductor of real musical integrity. Since taking on the position of Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in September 2009, he has received critical acclaim for the standards he is achieving with his orchestra. As a guest conductor, his engagements include the Philharmonia Orchestra, SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, the Minnesota Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the Netherlands Radio and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras.

About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world.