Violoncelle (Cello)

Levon Mouradian won, in 1985, the Second Prize and the Silver Medal in the International Pablo Casals Cello Competition. In 1986 he was a prizewinner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, in Moscow, and in 1997 won the First Prize in the Arco Júlio Cardona, Instrumental Competition in Covilhã. He made his first public appearance at the age of 10, winning the First Prize in Performance in a competition for young musicians in the Republic of Armenia. At 14 he played in public, as soloist, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, with the Armenian Symphony Orchestra under D. Khandjian. He also worked as soloist with the most important state orchestras of the former Soviet Union, under the direction of outstanding conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Veronika Dudarova, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Djasug Kakhidze, Vag Papian, Georgi Kostin, Omri Hadari, Avner Biron, Daniel Nazaré and Joana Carneiro. He has performed in concert in countries including the United States of America, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Japan, Korea, Russia, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia and Hungary.
From 1999 to 2007 he was titular professor of cello and chamber music in the Department of Arts at the University of Évora.
He regularly gives courses in cello and chamber music in the Valle De Arlanza and “Nueva Generacíon Musical” festivals in Spain, and at the International Festival of Viana do Castelo, together with Ivan Monighetti and Nathaniel Rosen. He has taught on courses at the invitation of the University of Georgia (USA). In 2012 he was invited by the California Music Institute to head the cello class on the summer course in Weikersheim, Germany. He was a member of the jury of the Júlio Cardona International Instrumental Competition in April 2003.
As a soloist, or as a member of chamber groups, he has performed in the most important international festivals, including those of Munich (“Nachtsücke”), Tallin (David Oistrakh Festival), Weikersheim, St Petersburg Palaces, Santander, Burgos, Cangas de Onis, Madeira, Coimbra, Algarve, Sintra, Leiria, Tomar and Viana do Castelo.
He has recorded various CDs, containing works by classical composers such as Boccherini, Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy and Shostakovich, as well as works by contemporary composer such as K. Khachaturian, H. Dellalian, T. Mansurian, A. Terterian and Wim Zwag, for RDP-Antena 2, Melody and Dutch Record Company (for which he is a member of the main group of artists) and Clave Records (Spain).
He plays a Venetian cello built in the 18th century, from the workshop of Gofriller.