Despite his young age, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is already one of the great artistic personalities of his generation. The Austrian, born in 1995, inspires audiences and critics with his depth, his technical brilliance and, not least, his great versatility. He has made a name for himself both as a violinist and at the conductor’s podium – he is simply “an exceptional talent,” the Tagesspiegel attested. Tjeknavorian’s musical family heritage is also special: as the son of the composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, Emmanuel has been making music since his earliest childhood and combines musical and cultural worlds in his art.
The fact that Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is a musician of unique subtlety and intellectual depth has also spread to the important international concert halls and orchestras, and so a large number of top-class engagements awaited him in the 2020/2021 season: as a conductor, for example, he made his debut with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonic and the Philharmonie Zuidnederland. As a soloist, Tjeknavorian has appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst and several others.
As the youngest “Artist in Residence” in the history of the Vienna Musikverein, Tjeknavorian created his own cycle at the tradition-rich house last season. He also returned to the Konzerthaus Dortmund as a “young savage” and made his conducting debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Tjeknavorian regularly performs with the world’s great ensembles and orchestras, including the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He is also a welcome guest at international classical music festivals, including the Enescu Festival, Grafenegg Festival, Rheingau Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.
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”.
In February 2020, his second album was released, featuring the violin concertos of Jean Sibelius and his father, Loris Tjeknavorian, with the hr Symphony Orchestra under Pablo Gonzales.
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”.