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Alexander Chaushian

Cello
Artistic Director, International Pharos Chamber Music Festival
Artistic Director, Yerevan Music Festival, Armenia

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Alexander Chausian performs at Festival de Musique de Menton

Alexander Chausian performs at Festival de Musique de Menton

Alexander will perform a solo recital on 1 August at Musée Jean Cocteau as part of the Festival de Musique de Menton The programme will include Bach’s Cello Suites No 1 & 2, Paganini’s Caprice No 17, Crumb’s Cello Sonata and Sollima’s Alone...

Alexander Chausian debuts at the PyeongChang Music Festival

Alexander Chausian debuts at the PyeongChang Music Festival

Alexander Chausian’s will make his PyeongChang Festival debut at the Alpensia Concert Hall on 25 & 26 July  He will be joined by Freddy Kempf, Maxim Rysanov and Boris Brovtsyn to perform Dvorak’s Piano Quartet No 2  Chaushian will also be performing Spohr’s Nonett and Korngold’s Piano Quintet, Op 15  During his residency at the Alpensia ...

Biography

A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Alexander Chaushian holds top prizes from such major competitions as the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2002), and ARD Competition in Germany (2005).

Recent concerto appearances include concerts with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

A dedicated chamber musician, Chaushian’s recital and chamber music work has taken him to such major cities as Berlin (Philharmonie), Boston (Symphony Hall), London (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall), Milan (Sala Verdi), New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris (Théatre de la Ville), Tokyo (Suntory Hall) and Vienna (Konzerthaus). Amongst his regular chamber music collaborators are Yuri Bashmet, Levon Chilingirian, Julia Fischer, François-Frédéric Guy, Emmanuel Pahud, and Dietmut Poppen, and he also worked with the late Yehudi Menuhin. Chaushian is a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio, with Pavel Vernikov (violin) and Konstantin Bogino (piano).

Chaushian works regularly with such pianists as Sergei Babayan and Yuja Wang, and his regular sonata partner is Yevgeny Sudbin, with whom he has made several critically acclaimed recordings for the BIS label.

Artistic Director of both the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus, and the Yerevan Music Festival in Armenia, Chaushian performs regularly at festivals throughout the world, both as a soloist and in chamber music projects.

Alexander Chaushian is a Professor in Cello at the Royal College of Music, London and has given masterclasses across Europe and Asia. He is also a founding member of the faculty of the classical music education platform DakApp (www.dakapp.com).

Reviews

The Brahms and Grieg sonatas….are about partnerships of equals, and we were able to appreciate fully the sweep of Chaushian's playing and the easy beauty and warmth of his tone. The turbulent lyricism of the Brahms was immaculately judged and they beautifully negotiated its closely wrought dialogues. Chaushian's pizzicatos at the start of the adagio had a bluesy feel, unusual in this music, yet appealing. The Grieg sonata, meanwhile, proved wonderfully engaging. The cello part, which Grieg wrote for his brother, is immensely taxing without sounding overtly virtuosic, while the piano writing demands delicacy as well as great strength. The combination of Wass's lucidity and Chaushian's passionate sweep was riveting throughout.
- The Guardian
, 2013
The way cellist Alexander Chaushian and pianist Ashley Wass launched into Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in G minor suggested two minds with but a single thought, with a wonderfully poised and ruminative introduction. This early work represented Beethoven’s pioneering discovery of the aesthetic potential residing in this hitherto under-rated instrumental combination, and Chaushian and Wass offered a magisterial exploration of the sonata’s dramatic landscape; the Allegro had Jove-like thunder, the Rondo hurtled along.
- The Independent
, 2013
Alexander Chaushian displays a deeply instinctive connection with this repertoire and a liquescent legato with which to sing… This is a near-ideal performance of Rachmaninov’s magnificent [Cello Sonata] that stands alongside those by the greatest.
- BBC Music Magazine
, 2012
[Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody] is one of those works that clearly has a dimentions that relates to extra-European folk traditions… and this is certainly brought out by the powerful playing of Alexander Chaushian.
- International Record Review
, 2012
Chaushian plays with a bewitching restraint and technical clarity that works wonders, especially in the rarely heard Borodin Sonata.
- Classic FM Magazine
, 2011
Alexander Chaushian’s and Yevgeny Sudbin’s playing… is of a supreme order and profoundly expressive
- Daily Telegraph
, 2011
Chaushian is again totally immersed in the vernacular and gives a searingly eloquent rendition [of Sharafyan’s Suite].
- The Strad

Discography

Schumann Piano Quartet & Brahms Piano Quintet
Released May 2017 on BIS records
Russian Cello Sonatas
Released January 2011 on BIS Records

Alexander Chaushian and Yevgeny Sudbin

Armenian Rhapsody
Released January 2011 on BIS Records

Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra

Bridge - Piano Trio No 2
Released February 2009 on Naxos Classics

Wass; Chaushian; Liebeck

Weinberg Cello Sonatas
Released May 2007 on BIS records