Alexander Chaushian

Artistic Director, International Pharos Chamber Music Festival
Artistic Director, Yerevan Music Festival, Armenia



Alexander Chaushian & Yevgeny Sudbin in recital

Alexander Chaushian & Yevgeny Sudbin in recital

On 25 March 2018, Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian performs with his regular sonata partner and acclaimed Russian cellist Yevgeny Sudbin, at the Theatr Clwyd, North Wales  The programme includes cello sonatas by Borodin and Beethoven, Schumann’s Adagio & Allegro for cello and piano, and Cesar Franck’s celebrated Sonata for Cello & Piano in A major...

Alexander Chaushian performs in Italy and Georgia

Alexander Chaushian performs in Italy and Georgia

Internationally acclaimed cellist Alexander Chaushian will be giving a solo recital in Italy at the wonderful Emilia Romagna Festival on 22 August The programme will span several centuries of music and feature an exciting range of repertoire from Bach and Paganini to Hindemith, Crumb, Khudoyan and Italian composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima For further information ...


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.


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
, 2013
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
, 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
, 2012
[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
, 2012
Chaushian plays with a bewitching restraint and technical clarity that works wonders, especially in the rarely heard Borodin Sonata.
- Classic FM Magazine
, 2011
Alexander Chaushian’s and Yevgeny Sudbin’s playing… is of a supreme order and profoundly expressive
- Daily Telegraph
, 2011
Chaushian is again totally immersed in the vernacular and gives a searingly eloquent rendition [of Sharafyan’s Suite].
- The Strad


Russian Cello Sonatas
Released January 2011 on BIS Records

Alexander Chaushian and Yevgeny Sudbin

Armenian Rhapsody
Released January 2011 on BIS Records

Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra

Bridge - Piano Trio No 2
Released February 2009 on Naxos Classics

Wass; Chaushian; Liebeck