Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Respected by audiences and professionals alike as a versatile artistic personality, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has shifted the focus of his musical work to conducting since the 2022/23 season. Most recently, he has conducted orchestras such as the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the philharmonie zuidnederland, the Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. As part of his residency at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in summer 2022, he conducted the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

The current season will see renewed collaborations with the Graz Philharmonic, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s C major Mass with the Vienna Singakademie, among others. Tjeknavorian also makes his debuts with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with concerts in the Vienna Konzerthaus and on tour in Germany and Switzerland, with the Spanish Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, the hr-Sinfonieorchester, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien with a concert performance of Johann Strauss’ operetta “Die Fledermaus”. As a resident artist, Tjeknavorian has also appeared several times at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Graz Musikverein, the hr-Sinfonieorchester and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian’s career as a conductor follows on from his previous work as a violinist. Since his success at the International Sibelius Competition in 2015, Tjeknavorian has performed in the most internationally renowned halls and with the great musicians of our time. He will also be heard as a violinist during his current residencies. He also tours Europe with the Filarmonica della Scala under Riccardo Chailly, plays Mozart’s own Costa violin at the Salzburg Mozart Week and gives trio recitals with Anna Vinnitskaya and Daniel Müller-Schott. For several years, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has played on a violin by Antonio Stradivari (Cremona 1698), a generous loan from a benefactor of the Beare’s International Violin Society.

As an OPUS Klassik prize winner, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has already released several albums: After a highly acclaimed solo album as well as recordings of the Brahms and Sibelius violin concertos, his debut album as a conductor was released in 2021, on which he leads the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”, among other works. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is also a passionate music communicator and as such has hosted his own monthly radio show “Der Klassik-Tjek” on Radio Klassik Stephansdom since 2017, in which he talks to well-known personalities from a wide range of fields about their shared passion for classical music.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian was born in Vienna in 1995 into a family of musicians and began his musical education at the age of five. Simultaneously with his violin studies, he was introduced to conducting from his earliest youth by his father, the composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian.