Cello

Alexander Chaushian


Artistic Director, International Pharos Chamber Music Festival

Artistic Director, Yerevan Music Festival in Armeni


The Artistic Director of both the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus and the Yerevan Music Festival in Armenia, Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian performs regularly at festivals throughout the world, both as a soloist and in chamber music projects. Alexander’s recent concerto appearances include concerts with Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He works regularly with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and has most recently performed Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody with the orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky in September 2016.

Cellist Alexander Chaushian joins ICA for Worldwide General Management

07 Nov 2016

ICA warmly welcomes internationally acclaimed Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian who joins ICA’s roster for general management. The Artistic Director of both the International...

“The way cellist Alexander Chaushian and pianist Ashley Wass launched into Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in G minor suggested two minds with but a single thought, with a wonderfully poised and ruminative introduction. This early work represented Beethoven’s pioneering discovery of the aesthetic potential residing in this hitherto under-rated instrumental combination, and Chaushian and Wass offered a magisterial exploration of the sonata’s dramatic landscape; the Allegro had Jove-like thunder, the Rondo hurtled along.”

The Independent - Jan 2013

“The Brahms and Grieg sonatas….are about partnerships of equals, and we were able to appreciate fully the sweep of Chaushian's playing and the easy beauty and warmth of his tone. The turbulent lyricism of the Brahms was immaculately judged and they beautifully negotiated its closely wrought dialogues. Chaushian's pizzicatos at the start of the adagio had a bluesy feel, unusual in this music, yet appealing. The Grieg sonata, meanwhile, proved wonderfully engaging. The cello part, which Grieg wrote for his brother, is immensely taxing without sounding overtly virtuosic, while the piano writing demands delicacy as well as great strength. The combination of Wass's lucidity and Chaushian's passionate sweep was riveting throughout.”

The Guardian - Jan 2013

“Alexander Chaushian displays a deeply instinctive connection with this repertoire and a liquescent legato with which to sing… This is a near-ideal performance of Rachmaninov’s magnificent [Cello Sonata] that stands alongside those by the greatest.”

BBC Music Magazine - Feb 2012

“Chaushian is again totally immersed in the vernacular and gives a searingly eloquent rendition [of Sharafyan’s Suite].”

The Strad

“[Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody] is one of those works that clearly has a dimentions that relates to extra-European folk traditions… and this is certainly brought out by the powerful playing of Alexander Chaushian.”

International Record Review - Mar 2012

“Chaushian plays with a bewitching restraint and technical clarity that works wonders, especially in the rarely heard Borodin Sonata.”

Classic FM Magazine - May 2011

“Alexander Chaushian’s and Yevgeny Sudbin’s playing… is of a supreme order and profoundly expressive”

Daily Telegraph - Mar 2011

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The internationally acclaimed Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian performs regularly at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Suntory Hall Japan, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York, and Symphony Hall in Boston.

His recent concerto appearances include concerts with Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He works regularly with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and has most recently performed Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody with the orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky in September 2016.

Recital and chamber music dates in the 2016/17 season include concerts at the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonie, Sala Verdi in Milan, Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, and he will also perform in Madrid, Moscow and in Brazil.

Chaushian is the Artistic Director of both the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus and the Yerevan Music Festival in Armenia. He performs regularly at festivals throughout the world, both as a soloist and in chamber music projects.

He enjoys regular chamber music relationships with distinguished artists including Yuja Wang, Julia Fischer, Levon Chilingirian, Yuri Bashmet, Diemut Poppen, François-Frédéric Guy and Emmanuel Pahud, and he has also collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin. His regular chamber music partner is renowned pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. He is also a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio with Pavel Vernikov and Konstantin Bogino.

Chaushian’s recordings include several highly acclaimed CDs for the BIS label in which he is partnered by Yevgeny Sudbin, and his recently released concerto CD with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra – also on BIS – received rave reviews and was selected as ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent, UK.

After initial studies in Armenia, Alexander Chaushian studied in the United Kingdom at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.  He then pursued advanced studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin. From here, Chaushian went on to win numerous prestigious prizes, including the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and the ARD Competition in Germany. As an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, New York, he has toured extensively in the USA.

April 2017