Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize in the VIII International Jean Sibelius competition in Helsinki in 2000, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed the First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Sergey has performed with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Munich Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.
In the US, Sergey has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also performed at the Ravinia, Blossom and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
With the Philharmonia Orchestra, Sergey has collaborated with Christoph von Dohnanyi, Esa Pekka Salonen, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Alexander Lazarev, Tugan Sokhiev and Juraj Valcuha. He has also performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, notably the Bach Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Sibelius concerto with Jukka Pekka Saraste and the Khachaturian concerto on a major North American tour. In January 2011, Sergey made his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra performing Shostakovich’s second concerto conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Since December 2002 Sergey has performed regularly with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, including a Proms debut in 2005 conducted by Vassily Sinaisky and regular concerts subsequently with Gianandrea Noseda.
Sergey works regularly with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St Petersburg and at the Mikkeli Festival in Finland. Recent highlights also include performances with the Swedish Radio Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre de Paris, RAI Orchestra Turin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, NHK Symphony and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.
Sergey’s 2012-13 season includes concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Philippe Jordan, Gurzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker and Jesús López-Cobos, Swedish Radio Symphony and Juraj Valcuha, Munich Philharmonic and James Gaffigan, Spanish National Orchestra and Juanjo Mena, Taiwan National Symphony and Shao-Chia Lü (debut), National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) and Vasily Petrenko and Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot.
With his sister Lusine Khachatryan Sergey has performed recitals at Wigmore Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Theatre des Champs Elysees and Cite de la Musique (Paris), Auditori Nacional Madrid, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York) and Herbst Theater (San Francisco). Recitals in 2011/12 include performances in Dortmund, Neumarkt and London.
Sergey’s recording of the Sibelius concerto was released by Naïve Classique in October 2003, followed by a double Shostakovich concerto disc with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Kurt Masur, a recording of the Shostakovich and Cesar Franck sonatas for violin and piano in February 2008 and most recently the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach.
Sergey plays the 1740 ‘Ysaye’ Guarneri violin on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.