Mr. Haik Kazazyan, the 2015 winner of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, was a guest on November 8 of the VCHS String Ensemble class. He spoke about his background, his upbringing in Algeria, his practice routine, and then he performed for the class.
Mr. Kazazyan performs as a soloist and chamber musician mainly in Europe and Asia. He has performed with such orchestras as the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Royal National Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and many others. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Great, Small and Rachmaninov halls of Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall, Victoria Hall, Barbican Hall, Usher Hall, and Royal Concert Hall.
Recent competitions besides the Tchaikovsky prize include H. Wieniawski competition, Sion-Valais international violin competition, M. Long-J. Thibaud competition, Isang Yun, and Enescu competition.
Mr. Kazazyan's concerts have been broadcasted on TV channels 'Culture' (Moscow), Mezzo, Brusselles TV, Polskie Radio (Poland), BBC radio in London and others.
He studied at Sayat-Nova Music school in Yerevan with professor Levon Zoryan. Then he studied with professor E.D.Grach and chamber music class with Alexander Bonduriansky in Moscow from 1996 to 2000 in the Gnessin music school, from 2000-2006 in Moscow Conservatory. From 2006-2008 he studied with professor Itzhak Rashkovsky and chamber music with Levon Chilingirian at Royal College of Music in London.