Double bass

Hayk Khachatryan

In the orchestra since 2018

Born in 1973 in Armenia into a family of musicians, Hayk Khachatryan began taking violin lessons when he was seven. He entered the Yerevan State Conservatory in 1990 to study double bass with Professor Vahe Terzyan and graduated in 1997. From 1997 to 2005, Hayk acquired his concert and pedagogic diplomas from the Tibor Varga Music High school in Sion (Switzerland) with Professor Ferenc Bokany as main mentor and Professors Tibor Varga and Gabor Takać as chamber music mentors. During these years, he received a scholarship from the Ghoukassiants brothers foundation in Geneva Switzerland.

From 1990 to 1997, he was a member of the Armenian state chamber orchestra as well as the Armenian state symphony orchestra. From 1998 to 2001, he was a permanent guest musician by the Orchestre National de Lyon. In 2006–2013, Hayk Hachatryan was a member of Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Hayk has been a member of the Zurich Opera Haus Orchestra since the year 2002, a member of Lucerne Festival orchestra since 2007 and also of Zurich Chamber Orchestra since 2009. Since 2013, Hayk Khachatryan has been a regular guest at the musicAeterna orchestra conducted by Teodor Currentzis. Since 2018, he has been a permanent musician of the musicAeterna orchestra as principal double bass.

Hayk has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Lucerne Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, International Pharos Chamber Music Festival (Cyprus), Proms-London, and the International Diaghilev Festival (Perm).

Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Nikolaus
Harnoncourt, Nello Santi, Sir Roger Norrington, Franz Weiser-Möst, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Chailly, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin are among the conductors with Hayk worked with in Europe, USA, Japan and China.

WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN?
I think one’s surroundings play a big part in making such decisions. I was born in a family of musicians and spent much time at rehearsals of the opera orchestra where my father played the trumpet. Music and art have become such a natural environment for me that I didn’t think twice before going to study music. The only choice I had was the instrument I wanted to learn on. I started with violin (without choosing that), and later choose double bass.
WHAT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN MUSIC?
In my experience, three things matter: natural ability, good education, and hard work.
WHAT MAKES MUSICAETERNA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ORCHESTRAS?
It must be the only orchestra where each music piece is processed in almost microscopic detail. With Teodor Currentzis, each rehearsal is a full-on laboratory. He dedicates as much time to rehearsals as it is needed for the orchestra to feel the music piece and live through it; only then is the piece presented to the public. The only time I witnessed such an approach before was in the Lucerne Festival orchestra when it was directed by Claudio Abbado.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR STRONGEST MUSICAL IMPRESSION?
In the early 90s, I was touring around Germany as part of the Youth Orchestra of Armenia. Once we got a chance to attend several rehearsals and a concert of the Berliner Philharmonie orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado. They played Mahler’s Symphony No.9. The rehearsals and especially the concert were an unforgettable experience. They were absolutely magical. That is when I realized what direction I’d like to develop in.
I later got to work with Abbado as part of the Mahler Chamber orchestra and the Lucerne Festival orchestra, which had an immense influence on my development as an orchestra musician. Still, the impression that very first concert had made on me remained the brightest.
WHAT IS YOUR “DESERT ISLAND” MUSIC ALBUM?
I wouldn’t take any albums to a desert island. What for? Who would I listen to the music with? Music should be shared with friends, loved ones, family.

musicAeterna orchestra events

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra (World Premiere)

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An event of Moscow residency

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra

An event of Moscow residency
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An event of Moscow residency

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra