Despite his young age, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is already one of the great artists of his generation. The Austrian, born in 1995, inspires audiences and critics with his depth, his technical brilliance and his great versatility. He has made a name for himself both as a violinist and as a conductor – he is simply “an exceptional talent,” as the Tagesspiegel attested. Tjeknavorian’s musical family heritage is also of note: as the son of composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, Emmanuel has been making music from an early age and combines musical as well as cultural worlds in his art.
The fact that Tjeknavorian is a musician of unique subtlety and intellectual depth has also spread to the important international concert halls and orchestras, and so in the 2020/2021 season, for example, he made his conducting debut not only with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, but also with Grazer Philharmoniker and the Philharmonie Zuidnederland. Having already taken conducting lessons with his father since 2014, and attended master classes in England and Italy, he intends to focus more on conducting in the future. As a soloist, Tjeknavorian appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the WDR Sinfonieorchester, the Gewandhausorchester 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-steeped house last season. He also returned to the Konzerthaus Dortmund as a “Rising Star” and made his debut as a conductor at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Tjeknavorian regularly performs with the world’s great ensembles and orchestras, including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He is also a frequent guest at international classical music festivals, including the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Grafenegg Festival, Rheingau Music Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.
Particularly 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, which includes 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”.