Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Despite his young age, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is already one of the great artists of his generation.  The Austrian, born in 1995, inspires audiences and critics with his depth, his technical brilliance and his great versatility. He is simply “an exceptional talent,” as the Tagesspiegel attested. Radio Klassik Stephansdom recognized Tjeknavorian’s strengths as an eloquent music communicator early on; since 2017, he has been hosting his own show there, Der Klassik-Tjek.

Tjeknavorian’s musical family heritage is also of note: as the son of composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, Emmanuel has been making music from an early age and combines musical as well as cultural worlds in his art.

To date, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian’s career as a violinist has been associated with some of the most important concert halls in the world. In parallel, the musician has increasingly focused on conducting, he will conduct the Graz Philharmonic, the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, among others.

As a soloist, Tjeknavorian will appear with the Filarmonica della Scala with Riccardo Chailly, as well as with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov and the Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia with Sakari Oramo.

The Essen Philharmonic is dedicating an artist’s portrait to him in the 2021/22 season and as “Artist in Association”, he will be a frequent guest with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra.

As the youngest “Artist in Residence” in the history of the Vienna Musikverein, Tjeknavorian created his own cycle at the tradition-rich house in the 2019/20 season. In recent seasons, he has also made his conducting debuts at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Basel Symphony Orchestra. Also a «Rising Star» of the European Concert Hall Organisation, a «Great Talent» of the Vienna Konzerthaus and a protege of the Orpheum Foundation in Zürich, he has performed in Europe’s most prestigious concert halls.

Tjeknavorian regularly performs with the world’s great ensembles and orchestras, including the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin. He is also a frequent guest at international classical music festivals, including the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Grafenegg Festival, Rheingau Music Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.

Particularly significant were his performances at the Salzburg Mozart Week and at the Festival de Paques in Aix-en-Provence, where he played Mozart’s own “Costa violin”.

As part of a new exclusive contract with Berlin Classics, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian’s second album was released in February 2020, featuring the violin concertos of Jean Sibelius and Loris Tjeknavorian, recorded with the hr Symphonieorchester under Pablo Gonzales. His debut album, “Solo” released on Sony Classical, was met with high acclaim and received the OPUS Klassik in 2018. In May 2021, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian’s first CD as a conductor was released, for which he recorded Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with the Tonkünstler Orchestra on their in-house label. In the same year, Berlin Classics released the album “Brahms Concerto & Songs”, on which Tjeknavorian appears as a violinist again – with the WDR Symphony Orchestra under Cristian Măcelaru, as well as mezzo-soprano Anna Lucia Richter and pianist Andreas Haefliger.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1698, kindly provided to him by a patron of London’s “Beare’s International Violin Society”.

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