Contestant 1: In the days leading up to the Top of the World International Piano Competition, we will present one contestant daily, to give you a better insight into what talent we are dealing with. We will start off with Armenia’s phenomenal performer, Ashot Khachatourian.
Ashot Khachatourian was a bit of a wonder child, starting his piano studies as early as 5 years of age at the Charles Aznavour school in Armenia with Valentina Nikolaeva, and giving his first public concert with orchestra at 8, playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”.
At the age of ten, he played as soloist with Moscow Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Valery Poljansky. His performances of the Rachmaninoff 2nd and 3rd concertos at the Bolshoi in Moscow in 2001 won both public and critical acclaim.
He has since played the 3rd concerto of Rachmaninoff numerous times, most notably with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre National de France, Royal Orchestra London and Liverpool Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kurt Masur, Daniele Gatti and others.
Presently Ashot studies with Elisso Virsaladze in Fiesole/Italy, Scuola di Musica. And since starting there, he’s made quite a mark, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.
To mention a few, he has given solo recitals at Wigmore Hall in London as well as Salle Pleyel, Louvre and Salle Cortot (all three in Paris).
As a chamber musician, Ashot Khachatourian has been quite a globetrotter, having performed in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany, USA, Spain, Holland and Belgium, as well as collaborating with renowned artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Misha Maisky, Ivan Monighetti, Liana Issakadze and Zakhar Bron.
Ashot is not a newcomer to piano competitions, having won the first price at Martha Agerith piano competition in 2007 and Giovanni Management Foundation in 2004. Last year he won the silver medal in both Rhodos International Piano Competition and Swedish International Duo Competition.