While the hills are alive with the sound of music, on April 21 at 8:00 P.M. Alice Tully Hall will be alive with the violin of Sergey Khachatryan. He is scheduled to perform three sonatas: Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major and Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major (Kreutzer).
The Guardian (London) wrote of Khachatryan: “His performance (of Bach) revealed a staggering control and maturity, and its effect was at once magical and chastening.”
Khachatryan was the first prize winner at numerous competitions including the Jean Sibelius and Queen Elisabeth competitions.
My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing Khachatryan at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in 2006 when he debuted here. He was a 21-year-old kid from Armenia at the time with rumpled hair and gangly built whose virtuosity, his intense phrasing and linearity, was at once introspectively subtle and spectacularly bold. His realization of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, especially his ecstatic jaunt through Fritz Keisler’s cadenza-laced sections, was unforgettable. I’m certain that he’s destined to be unforgettable for many years to come.
Please go here for further information on the concert and/or to purchase the soon to be released “Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin–Sergey Khachtryan.”