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Since being awarded the Best Interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Second Prize at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has gained international attention.
Last season, he toured the most renowned European concert halls as part of the Rising-Star Tour of the European Concert Hall Organisation. He made numerous important debuts, i.e. with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra as a soloist of the Orpheum Foundation Zurich and on German radio with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin in the Berliner Philharmonie. Once again, he performed together with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the hr Symphony Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.
This season’s highlights include new debuts with globally renowned orchestras such as the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and the London Symphony Orchestra, performing alongside such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly and Yuri Temirkanov. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is a frequent invitee at prestigious festivals and is a ardent chamber musician. As such, in the summer of 2018, he won the LOTTO-Sponsorship Prize issued by the Rheingau Music Festival and the NORDMETALL-Ensemble Prizes from the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, together with his piano-partner Maximilian Kromer. This season he will also be performing at the Salzburg Mozart-week on Mozart’s very own “Costa” violin and at the Grafenegg Festival’s “Summer Night’s Gala”. Chosen as one of the “Wild Ones” by the Dortmund Concert Hall and a “Great Talent” by the Vienna Konzerthaus, he is to perform frequently in both.
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian’s first Sony Classical album “SOLO” garnered a lot of attention when it was released in December 2017, subsequently receiving the newly minted OPUS Classical Prize in October of the next year. Since September 2017 he has moderated his own radio show “Der Klassik-Tjek”, which airs on Radio Klassik Stephansdom. The young Viennese musician has been featured on numerous broadcasts, such as “Titel, Thesen, Temperamente” on ARD, Capriccio on BR, the Kulturzeit on 3sat, on ORF2 as well as on the show “Tomorrow’s Stars” together with Rolando Villazon on ARTE.
Born in Vienna in 1995, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian grew up in a family of musicians and took his first violin session at the age of five. Two years later, he had his first public performance with an orchestra and since 2011 he has studied under Gerhard Schulz, a former member of the world-famous Alban Berg Quartet, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays a Cremona 1698 violin by Antonio Stradivari, which was kindly loaned to him by a benefactor from the “Beare’s International Violin Society” in London.