"In terms of virtuosity, intensity, phrasing, tone colour and profound musical understanding, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has everything" - Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion
Upon being awarded for the best interpretation of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto as well as the second prize at the International Jean Sibelius Competition 2015, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has received international acclaim.
The European Concert Hall Organisation selected him to take part in the Rising Stars series throughout the season 2017/2018 after being nominated by both the Vienna Konzerthaus as well as the Vienna Musikverein. During this concert tour he will perform in many of the most renowned concert halls in Europe. Among this season’s highlights there are engagements with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, concerts in the Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall, at the Brahms Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, at the St. Gallen Festival and at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.
In his young career he has already performed at the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Munich Prinzregententheater, the Boston Symphony Hall and the Helsinki Music Centre. He regularly collaborates with Jeunesse Austria, Austrias biggest concert promoter - both as a soloist with the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra and in a recital tour throughout Austria in the 2016/2017 season.
As a soloist he performed with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He played under the baton of conductors such as Cornelius Meister, Keith Lockhart, Hannu Lintu and John Storgårds.
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian was born in Vienna in 1995 and grew up in a family of musicians. He received his first violin lessons at the age of five and had his first public appearance two years later. Since 2011 he has been a student at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, his teacher being Gerhard Schulz, formerly a member of the renowned Alban Berg Quartet. Aside from the Sibelius Competition he won numerous prizes at international music competitions and received top prizes at the Fritz Kreisler Competition, the Johannes Brahms Competition and the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, which was broadcasted throughout Europe as part of the opening ceremony of the Vienna Festival.
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is playing an Antonio Stradivari violin, Cremona 1698, generously loaned to him by a patron of the ‘Beare's International Violin Society‘ London.