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Born in Vienna in 1995 into a family of musicians of Armenian origin, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian began studying the violin at the age of five. Two years later he performed in public for the first time with an orchestra and since 2011 he has been studying under Gerhard Schulz, former member of the Alban Berg Quartet, at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.

Since 2015, when he received the prize for the best interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto and the second prize at the Competition of the same name, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has been gaining the attention of the international music scene. He was selected to participate in the European Concert Hall Organisation's Rising Stars 2017-2018 series. He made his debut as a soloist with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Tonhalle Zurich. He collaborates with the most important Austrian orchestras. In recent seasons he has appeared with Gewandhaus Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala and London Symphony Orchestra, with conductors Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly and Yuri Temirkanov.

As the youngest "Artist in Residence" in the history of the Vienna Musikverein, Tjeknavorian has created his own concert series in the 2019/20 season. With Berlin Classics he released his second album featuring the violin concertos of Jean Sibelius and Loris Tjeknavorian, recorded with the hr Symphonieorchester conducted by Pablo Gonzales. Solo, his first classical album released by Sony in 2017, attracted great attention by receiving the Opus Classical Prize in October the following year. His first CD as Conductor orchestra includes Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" with the Tonkünstler Orchestra. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays a 1698 Stradivarius "Cremona" violin.

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