Armenian violinist gets bonus from Swiss bank

Armenian violinist gets bonus from Swiss bank


norman lebrecht

January 18, 2014

Press release:


Violinist Sergey Khachatryan Receives the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award for 2014


Vienna/Lucerne, 17 January 2014. The winner of this year’s Credit Suisse Young Artist Award is Sergey Khachatryan. The announcement was made this afternoon in Vienna by the jury, which is chaired by LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s Executive and Artistic Director, Michael Haefliger, after the candidatesauditioned for them in the Vienna Musikverein. The award comes with a cash prize of 75,000 Swiss francs – one of the highest awards in the field – and also involves appearing in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic as part of LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer. The concert will take place on 13 September 2014 under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.


Sergey Khachatryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2000 he won the prestigious Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki and, in 2005, first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels. He has performed with such internationally acclaimed orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris under Andris Nelsons, the Bamberg Symphony under Jonathan Nott, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. He has appeared frequently with the Philharmonia Orchestra in particular. His plans for the current season include concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and with the Vienna Symphony under Markus Stenz. In June 2013 his most recent CD, of violin sonatas by Johannes Brahms, was released on the label Naïve.


  • Martin says:

    Worth every Rappen. This young man plays an very intimate interpretation of the Sibelius concerto. Wonderful.

  • Tully Potter says:

    Thoroughly deserved. An exceptional young player.

  • timwalton3 says:

    Well deserved – He’s also appeared twice at Symphony Hall with CBSO

  • Doh Sukebe says:

    I knew a pianist who received two very large cash prizes in the same year which were designed to support his career. The money was used to purchase things like incredibly expensive soaps and robes from Harrods. At least he smelled good.