Alexander Chaushian

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



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 ...


Alexander Chaushian – whose playing is described as “searingly eloquent” (The Strad) and “profoundly expressive” (The Telegraph) – is a cellist lauded with the highest critical acclaim wherever he performs.  His interpretations of the major works of the cello literature have been described as “standing alongside those by the greatest” (BBC Music Magazine), and “wonderfully poised and ruminative magisterial explorations” (The Independent).

Following initial studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Chaushian went on to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin.  He holds top prizes from such major competitions as the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2002), and the ARD Competition in Germany (2005).

A devoted chamber musician, Chaushian is the Founder & Artistic Director of two major international festivals: the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus, Greece, and the Yerevan Music Festival in his hometown of Yerevan, Armenia.  These festivals attract many of the top names in classical music, and are streamed on Medici.tv.

Amongst Chaushian’s regular chamber music collaborators are such esteemed figures as Yuri Bashmet, Boris Brovtsyn, Levon Chilingirian, Julia Fischer, François-Frédéric Guy, Daishin Kashimoto, Freddy Kempf, Vadym Kholodenko, Emmanuel Pahud, Dietmut Poppen, and Yuja Wang.  He also collaborated with the late Yehudi Menuhin.  In addition to this, Chaushian is a member of the international renowned Tchaikovsky Trio – with Pavel Vernikov (violin) and Konstantin Bogino (piano) – who tour frequently, particularly to Asia.

Chaushian has two principle sonata partners with whom he performs regularly: the globally celebrated Armenian pianist Sergei Babayan, and the internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.  The Chaushian/Sudbin duo have made several critically acclaimed recordings for the BIS label, including sonatas by Borodin, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, and Weinberg.

Chaushian’s recital and chamber music work has taken him to such major stages as Berlin Philharmonie, Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Sala Verdi Milano, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Théatre de la Ville Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Wigmore Hall.  He is a frequent performer at major international festivals across Europe, Asia, and North America – with recent highlights including Yeol-Eum Son’s PyeongChang Festival in Alpensia, South Korea, and Daishin Kashimoto’s Le Pont Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

Recent and forthcoming concerto appearances include engagements with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Mexico State Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.  The celebrated French-Armenian composer Michel Petrossian composed a Cello Concerto for Chaushian, the world premiere of which took place in September 2018 with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Yerevan Music Festival.

Music education remains of the utmost importance to Chaushian, who believes in giving back to the musical community as much as possible.  He is a Professor in Cello at the Royal College of Music, London, and is in high demand as a masterclass teacher across Europe and Asia.  He is also a founding member of the faculty of the classical music education & technology platform DakApp (www.dakapp.com).


Chaushian is again totally immersed in the vernacular and gives a searingly eloquent rendition.
- The Strad
Easy beauty and warmth of tone…an interpretation that was immaculately judged, Chaushian's passionate sweep was riveting throughout.
- The Guardian
Wonderfully poised and ruminative: a magisterial exploration of [Beethoven’s] dramatic landscape.
- The Independent
Alexander Chaushian displays a deeply instinctive connection with Rachmaninov – a performance that stands alongside those by the greatest.
- BBC Music Magazine
This is powerful playing.
- International Record Review
Chaushian plays with a bewitching restraint and technical clarity that works wonders.
- Classic FM Magazine
Alexander Chaushian’s playing is of a supreme order and profoundly expressive.
- Daily Telegraph


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