Emmanuel Tjeknavorian was born into a family of musicians in Vienna in 1995 as the son of a pianist and a conductor, and received violin lessons from the age of five. He made his first public appearance with an orchestra at just seven years old.
Awarded both second place and the prize for the best interpretation of Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in the 2015 International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian captured the world’s attention. As part of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars series, the 2017/2018 season took him to some of Europe’s most famous concert halls. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, as well as with conductors including Cornelius Meister, Keith Lockhart, Hannu Lintu and John Storgårds.
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is a regular guest at renowned festivals and performs in numerous concerts with chamber music ensembles. In 2018, he won the LOTTO sponsorship award of the Rheingau Musik Festival as well as the NORDMETALL ensemble prize of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern together with his piano partner Maximilian Kromer.
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian released his debut album SOLO under Sony Classical in December 2017, for which he received the Opus Klassik award in October 2018. Since September 2017, he has presented his own radio show called “Der Klassik-Tjek” on Radio klassik Stephansdom.
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has been studying with Gerhard Schulz, a former member of the world-famous Alban Berg Quartet, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 2011. He plays a violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1698, which is loaned to him by a benefactor from Beare’s International Violin Society in London.
Last updated: March 2019