Basson (Bassoon)

Karen Gevorkian was born in Moscow into a musical family. Karen started to study the bassoon at the age of fourteen with famous Latvian bassoon soloist Andris Arnicans. Just one year later, he entered into the Gnessin Musical College in Moscou. In 1993 all Gevorkian family moved to Brussels and Karen had entered into the Royal Conservatory of Brussels to study with Pierre Kerremans. Few years later he was unanimously awarded a first prize. He continued to study for a master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels completing his studies with the highest Bassoon Diploma with distinction.
Karen’s talent has been recognised at few competitions, such as the Young Musicians Competition in Moscow and the Tenuto Contest in Belgium.
Karen Gevorkian has performed several times as a soloist. In 2000 and 2002 he performed C.M. von Weber’s and J.B.Wanhal’s Bassoon Concertos with the Ensemble Orchestral of Brussels. In 2004, the Cologne New Philharmonic invited him as a soloist for their Australian Concert Tour to perform the Mozart Bassoon Concerto. He gave superbly acclaimed concerts in Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Concert Hall and Canberra Llewellyn Hall as well as in other important Australian concert halls.
In his resident Belgium he has performed extensively with the country’s leading orchestras, such as Belgian National Orchestra, Koninkljike Fhilharmonie van Vlaanderen, Vlaamse Opera, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, L’Orchestre de Chambre de Mons. He has worked with eminent conductors such as A. Pappano, G. Herbig, K. Ono, A. Altinoglu etc and toured all over the world.
Karen Gevorkian has been first bassoon of the Philharmonia of the Nations, Germany (under direction of Justus Frantz) since 2000. With this orchestra he has made several concert-tours throughout Europe and Asia and played in some of the most important concert halls in the world: Berlin Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Concert Hall, Hamburg Musikhalle, Dusseldorfer Tonhale, etc.
He joined the La Monnaie Orchestra as bassoonist and contrabassoon solo in 2008.
He has also been the first bassoon solo of the Charlemagne Chamber Orchestra as well as a member of several chamber music ensembles: Ensemble Spectra, Champ d’Action, Emanon.