1er Violon Solo
Born in Yerevan in 1978, David Haroutunian set out on his musical journey at an early age, studying the violin with his father, violinist Hratchia Haroutunian. David went on to study at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan, graduating in 1995 with honorable distinction. That same year, he was awarded the Amadeus Competition Prize. !
Subsequently David studied at some of Europe’s most prestigious conservatories, under the tutelage of world-famous teachers and violinists. In 1995, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied with Professor Jacques Ghestem. Three years later, he graduated while earning Le Premier Prix, considered Europe’s highest honor in musical education. !
While still at the Conservatoire de Paris, David met the eminent violinist Boris Belkin, in 1997, and became his student. Belkin has had an instrumental role in the young
musician’s growth as a violinist and performer. Also in 1997, David took master classes at the world-renowned Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and was awarded the school’s much-coveted Honor Diploma. David continued his education at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1999, entering the postgraduate Cycle de Perfectionnement
program and studying with distinguished violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow. !
David Haroutunian’s public performances began in his teenage years. At 13, he
performed Mozart’s “K.216 Violin Concerto in G Major” with the Armenian Symphony
Orchestra. Subsequently he appeared in several concert tours in Armenia and Russia, and performed on a number of radio recordings. In 1996, David played Bach and Vivaldi double concertos with the Armenian Chamber Orchestra, at the invitation of its then music director (now Borodin String Quartet first violinist) Rouben Aharonian. !
Ever since completing his postgraduate studies, David has become an internationally
sought-after soloist. He has performed in many tours with the Russian and Armenian
National Orchestras, Bicentenary Youth Orchestra in Argentina, New Orchestra of the Conservatoire de Paris, Budapest Symphony Orchestra appearing in several countries of the former Soviet Union as well as Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Argentina,
Morocco etc. !
Today David continues to perform solo and chamber-music recitals in some of the world’s most celebrated concert halls, such as the Salle Cortot and the Théâtre des ChampsÉlysées in Paris; the Philharmonic Hall in Budapest; the Moscow Column Hall; the Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Siena etc. Appreciated chamber musician, David Haroutunian collaborates with a wide range of acclaimed musicians such as Itamar Golan, François-Frédéric Guy, Boris Belkin, Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Henri Demarquette, Gérard Poulet, and Vahan Mardirossian, among others. !
David recorded a live recital at Radio Budapest, and the ensuing disc was received
warmly by European critics. He appeared on radio on France-Musique, Radio-Classique,
Armenian National Radio etc. !
He is the artistic director of chamber music festivals in Saint-Estèphe (France, Gironde) and Bormes-les-Mimosas (France, Var).
Famed violinist Ivry Gitlis has said about : “The talent and the technical and musical
capacities of this young Armenian musician go hand in hand with his will and desire to accomplish deeply his interpretations.” !
David Haroutunian is playing a violin made by Lorenzo Carcassi in Florence in 1753.