Described as “sensitive and highly accomplished musician with expressive nuance” (Gramophone Magazine) and “soloist with passionate power, sentiment and sweet tone” (Frankfurter Allgemeine), Hrachya Avanesyan is the 1st prize winner of the Yehudi Menuhin and Carl Nielsen competitions.
He has made acclaimed appearances with orchestras such as the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Gulbenkian Orchestra, National Orchestra of Lille and many others.
Avanesyan has given concerts in prestigious venues like the Amsterdam Concergebouw, Wigmore hall in London, Salle Gaveau and Théatre des Chapms Elysées in Paris, Santury hall in Tokyo, Moscow Kremlin's Grand Hall, Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen, National Auditorium in Madrid and the Palais des Beaux-Art in Brussels.
Highlights have been appearances at Cardiff's David's hall sharing the stage with Joshua Bell and Maxim Vengerov, Wigmore Hall with Ashley Wass and various chamber music collaborations with Andreas Brantelid, Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Chaushian, Lise de la Salle, Marianna Shirinyan, Lily Maisky, Natalia Gutman, Narek Hakhnazaryan and many others at festivals such as Montpellier, Menton, Strasbourg Music Festival, Al Bustan and Copenhagen summer festival.
His first CD recording with Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto no. 2 was released in a box with all Vieuxtemps' concerts with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and Patrick Davin.
Avanesyan's highly acclaimed CD with the music of Dvorak was released with Sinfonia Varsovia and Augustin Dumay.
In 2017 his new CD will be out on BIS recording label with the masterpieces of R. Schumann and J. Brahms, performed with Boris Brovtsyn, Diemut Poppen, Alexander Chaushian and Yevgeny Sudbin.
Born in Armenia, Hrachya Avanesyan moved to Belgium with his family at the age of 17. He has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Igor Oistrakh. He after continued his studies at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music with Augustin Dumay and Cologne Hochschule with Mihalea Martin. At the Queen Elisabeth College of Music he has also studied chamber music with the Artemis quartet.
Avanesyan plays on a J.B. Vuillaume violin from 1864.