Alto (Viola)

Born in Armenia in 1955, Jacques Chirinian began his studies with experienced teachers and gave his first concert in Goris at 9. He continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris in Christian Ferras’s violin class and in Colette Lequien’s viola class where he won the 1st prize in 1982. He actively plays in chamber music classes with strings as well as with wind instruments (Jean Moullière, Maurice Bourgue). During the 82-83 season, he played viola in the National Conservatory Orchestra which allowed him to play the Bartok concerto and the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante many times. Among his many recordings, one can note the complete J. S. Bach’s Brandeburg concertos, including No.6 with Jean Baptiste Brunier that rewarded him with the Grand Prix du Disque. Jacques Chirinian refined its performances with masters such as Yuri Bashmet, Kim Kashkashian and Nobucco Imail. The Paris Orchestra, the Paris National Opera Orchestra, the Paris Orchestral Ensemble and the Radio France orchestras requested him and allowed him to play in Europe, in America and in Japan. He founded in 1985 the Quartet Ani and since 1990, he has been holding the position of viola in the Paris National Opera Orchestra. Jacques Chirinian particularly liked to share music with conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, George priest, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Oren and Valery Gergiev.