The Armenian violinist, Sergey Khachatryan, won in December 2000 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.
Sergey Khachatryan has performed with all the major UK orchestras, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra. In July 2005 Sergey made his debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic performing the first Dmitri Shostakovich violin concerto. Sergey’s international profile initially developed through collaborations with orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur and Frankfurt Radiosinfonieorchster with Daniel Harding. In August 2005 he made his debut at the Ravinia and Blossom festivals, and in March 2006 with the Baltimore Symphony orchestra before undertaking a major USA concert tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including venues in Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New Jersey. In summer 2006 Sergey made his New York debut performing the L.v. Beethoven concerto at the Mostly Mozart festival.
Highlights of Sergey Khachatryan’s 2006-2007 season included the L.v. Beethoven concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, the first D. Shostakovich concerto with the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester-Berlin and Marek Janowski, the Sibelius concerto with the Münchner Philharmoniker and James Conlon, Prokofiev’s second concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the L.v. Beethoven concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda at the Vienna Konzerthaus and a third visit to the Cleveland Orchestra. During the 2006-2007 season, Sergey also made debuts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Kurt Masur, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Stéphane Denève, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with Michael Tilson Thomas, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra with Valery Gergiev and Berliner Philharmoniker with Dmitri Kitaenko.
Performances during the 2007-2008 season included the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden, the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra with Peter Oundjian and a debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit at the Saratoga Festival.
2008-2009 season engagements included the Johannes Brahms concerto with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Ingo Metzmacher, a tour with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Kurt Masur and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London with Sir Charles Mackerras. Other highlights included performances with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and Kurt Masur, Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev, Münchner Philharmoniker 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 2009-2010 season will see his debut with the Spanish National Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris, Wiener Symphoniker and Bamberger Symphoniker.
With sister Lusine, Sergey Khachatryan 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 Khachatryan plays the 1702 ‘Lord Newlands’ Stradivarius violin on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.